Slowly getting my pictures resized and ready to upload to my blog and other places. These pictures are the only ones I had time to take of the Gaylord resort. Most pictures are of swaps and displays! This resort is hugh!! I had planned an extra day there before Leadership began to check out the area, well the weather had other plans for me — such as cancelling my connection into Nashville and spending the night in DC. However, I had an early dinner in a lovely Italian restaurant named Cafe Italia and a superb waitress from Russia named Natalia. The food was great, the wine Natalia recommended excellent and, as the restaurant was not too busy this time of the afternoon, interesting conversation. It made my time in DC better. There were plaques on all the walls about the size of a postcard or smaller, each bearing the name of someone who at at the restaurant. Natalia said people who ate there sent them to the restaurant and some were placed by the restaurant. One behind my table, Had the names of Vice Presidential Candidate Al Gore and his wife and children. Others were of military personnel ahd vacationers. I did not bring my camera with me as I did not expect to find such a unique restaurant.. Now back to the Gaylord.


Pictures below start at the Conservatory cafe where I had lunch on Thursday with friends and then took a walk through the Garden Conservatory to get some exercise before heading back to classes.

Stampin' Up! Leadership 2011

Entrance to Garden Conservatory

Leadership 2011 Stampin' Up! Entrance to Garden Conservatory


Garden Conservatory Waterfall at G

View of Conservatory rooms from the Gardens:

2011 Leadership at Gaylord Opryland in Nashville View from Garden Conservatory

While we had a few minutes after lunch, walked around the Garden Conservatory and had a chance to speak with one of ladies who take care of this beautiful garden.  She told us the garden is original and was established (I believe and someone correct me if I have the year wrong) in 1923 and people from all over the world come to see some of the oldest and largest trees and foliage in the garden.

Stampin' Up! Leadership 2011 Garden Conservatory swaps

 Flower close up

Stampin' Up! Flowers at 2011 Leadership

The falls again:

Stampin' Up! picture at Leadership 2011

Next pictures I have are of the Delta Island Shops area where we ate at Paisano's Pizzaria and did shopping before heading back to the convention center for our Make N Takes.

Don't you love these??

 Stampin' Up! Horsing Around by the Delta Island Shops


Stampin' Up! Leadership 2011 Delta Island Area


I really missed having the extra day to explore everything the Gaylord had to offer. I have swaps still to photograph and resize my other 300+ pictures! Lots to share as time permits.

Jeannine Tarrio, Manager

Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator