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This week's Photo Walk Friday is super special! Months ago, I asked if anyone wanted to join me for a photo walk in the city. Sandra from Raincoast Cottage, in Vancouver, emailed to tell me she was planning a trip to New York and would love to meet up. Over the next few weeks we emailed back and forth trying to figure out when and where we would go. We finally settled on the Meatpacking District of NYC, just south of Chelsea. The area is nice and small and perfect for walking around. As the name implies, it was once exclusively for meat packing plants, and while some remain (35 of the original 250), haute couture and upscale hotels have moved in and now it is a perfect New York blend of high end fashion, rough cobblestone streets and butchers.

Sandra and I met for lunch (with my husband and kids) and then we walked around shooting photos together. What makes this week special is that we decided to do a tandem Photo walk Friday post! Today it's TWO for the price of ONE! Well, these don't cost you anything, but you know what I mean. After you check out my pictures and links down below, head on over to her blog and check out her images. I haven't seen them yet, but I am betting that despite us walking down the same streets and seeing the same things, her shots are going to be decidedly different.

Photo Walk Friday is also on Raincoast Cottage!

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Places to Visit:

Fig and Olive: We picked this busy Italian inspired restaurant, without having been there before. The reviews were good online and we were happy with the large, loud space in which our kids didn't feel out of place. The food was delicious and there are wines and other food items to buy.

Gas Light Lounge: I did not check this place out, I just liked the sign, but reviews online say it's a good place to chill out away from the velvet ropes. Sounds good to me.

Macelleria: Meaning “butcher shop” in Italian, Macelleria is an Italian steak house. I just took the picture because I though it looked cool but I'm totally going here next time. I love me a good steak.

Diane Von Furstenburg: Did you see the fabulous blue dress I wore in Miami? It was a Diane Von Furstenburg (borrowed from my MIL! Thanks MJ!). I got so many compliments. The label has a store in the Meatpacking District, along with many other high end lines like Alexander McQueen.

The Standard Hotel Biergarten: I did not sit down for a beer at this place, but I wanted to. It's right under the Highline and it's a open air bar. It was packed when we walked by with a line of people waiting to get in at 2 o'clock in the afternoon.

The High Line: I've been to the High Line before and it's a must see if you are in the area. The meatpacking district is a bit industrial and the High Line offers a scenic, leafy, green place to rest and people watch. The southern entrance is right in the middle of the meatpacking district. Be sure to check out the little punk guy (his name is Carson and he is part of Lilliput, an art installation of minature sculptures all over the line) and the drip coffee from the Blue Bottle Coffee Co. stand.

Have you walked around the Meatpacking District lately? Have you noticed how busy it is with the High Line's south entrance right there? It might be my new favorite part of town. I didn't include this in the walk, but if you take the High Line a little north, you'll end up at Chelsea Market, another one of my favorite NYC spots.

If you are in NYC and you would like to do a photo walk with me, please let me know! I love having company on the walks and spending time with new people.

Don't forget to check out Photo Walk Friday on Raincoast Cottage!