Diva-scovery: Rugen Island

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>For my husband’s birthday in May we decided we needed to “get away from it all” but unfortunately we were both swamped with work at the time, barely having time to breath, and we simply couldn’t manage more than a weekend away. Looking for someplace nearby our home in Germany we googled the phrase “2 ½ hours from Berlin” and were intrigued by Rugen Island! Friday evening we hopped in the car and began driving north to our destination and by the time we returned home Sunday we felt we’d been gone a week. Two days on Rugen Island was just what the doctor ordered!

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In Germany, the beaches are beautifully maintained. Part of local beach culture involves renting not a lawn-chair and umbrella nor simply bringing your own towel to lay on, but instead renting a seat for the day in a “Strandkorb” – a roofed wicker beach chair.

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Until Next Time, Happy Reading!

The Antiques Diva™

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Author: Toma Clark Haines

Toma Clark Haines is a Global Tastemaker, Speaker, Writer & Entrepreneur; and founder and CEO The Antiques Diva® & Co, Europe, Asia and America's largest Antiques Sourcing & Touring Company.

  • Oh what a lovely getaway, looks like the perfect place to get some rest and relaxation.
    The sand looks lovely and white and the roof wicker seats are fabulous.
    I was excited the other day when I saw your advert in Victoria magazine.

    Enjoy your weekend
    Carolyn

  • Amazing! Thanks for sharing your pictures and thoughts. If not for you, I probably will have never seen what beaches are like there! Your last picture reading Country Living could have been me, at a beach here!