Frohe Ostern

Dear Diva Readers,

top: 5px; float: left; color: white; background: #781300; border: 1px solid darkkhaki; font-size: 100px; line-height: 90px; padding-top: 1px; padding-right: 5px; font-family: times;”>From my home in Berlin this holiday season I want to wish you a Happy Easter – or as they say in Germany – ‘Frohe Ostern! While many countries have adopted German traditions such as the Easter bunny, Easter eggs and the Easter tree, these are all traditions that were born in Germany.

While the egg has long been a symbol of re-birth, I’ve always wondered how it became used as a symbol during Easter traditions. While this has something to do with both pagan rites and Christian traditions, I found a historical tidbit about the use of eggs in Germany during Lent and Easter quite interesting!

During the 40-day Lenten fast before Easter, many Christians abstain from eating certain foods and traditionally that included eggs. But the hens keep on laying those eggs – even if no one eats them! Some of those eggs were boiled to make Easter Eggs – often these were dyed red to represent drops of Christ’s blood as well as the regeneration of life, while others were decorated with intricate floral or geometric motifs. After the fast had been broken – a week before Easter on Palm Sunday – Catholics could again cook dishes using eggs. Those that were used for traditional Easter dishes were not cracked but rather emptied by blowing the contents into a bowl through pinholes at either end of the egg.

In many parts of Europe, Maundy Thursday (the day before Good Friday) is the traditional day for decorating Easter eggs. The hollow eggs are then decorated, a folk-art still practiced in many Eastern European countries today. These eggs are then hung on the “Osterbaum” – the Easter Tree – as well as outside of shrubs and bushes!

Hippity-hop hop, Hippity hop hop – Easter’s on its way!!

The Antiques Diva®
Photo Credit below: Angelica Arbula

Treasures on Tuesdays: December 25 to January 6

Dear Diva Readers,

top:5px;float:left;color:white;background:#781300;border:1px solid darkkhaki;font-size:100px;line-height:90px;padding-top:1px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>I love the holiday season with the days between Christmas and New Years being my favorite days of the year.  This is when I’m gathered with those closest to me during my annual sejourn to America.  But did you know that December 25 hasn’t always been Chistmas Day?   Even the date of the celebration of the birth of Christ has fluctuated. Until the Roman church adopted December 25 in the 4th century, January 6 was the day of celebration — the day we now celebrate Epiphany or Heilige Drei Könige – the German name for the “3 Wise Men”.  To this day, the initials of the Three Kings — C+M+B (Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar) — plus the year are inscribed in chalk over doorways in German-speaking countries on the eve of January 6 to protect house and home. Historically, the three letters are supposed to come from the Latin phrase for “Christus mansionem benedicat” (Christ Bless This House) –  few of the people practicing this custom are aware of this fact.

In many parts of Europe, including Austria, Germany, and Switzerland, the Christmas celebration does not end until this date.  How fitting that January 6 is the day I will return home to Europe after spending a month in America.  Today, January 6 is considered the arrival of the three “kings of the orient” in Bethlehem — and the end of the “twelve days of Christmas” between Christmas and January 6.

In Germany, Christmas lasts for 12 days: from Dec 25 to Jan 6. Each of The 12 Days of Christmas has special meaning, with the final day celebrating the gifts of the 3 Wise Men. On this day, people celebrate by lighting incense & placing them in German smokers to mark the end of the Christmas season.

Buy your an antique or vinta German Smoker in our Antiques Diva Online Brocante!

Happy Holidays,

The Antiques Diva

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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!

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 300px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 300px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />I must confess that though I’ve visited the beaches in Poland, Latvia and Estonia and been pleasantly surprised by the Baltic Beaches, I still had low expectations of the German Islands. Somehow Germany doesn’t make one think of Caribbean getaways, but we were swept away by a gorgeous weekend away in what is now our favorite place in Germany outside of Berlin! And with the sand in our toes we decided we actually liked Rugen better than the Caribbean because their boardwalks bore European shopping!

to 10px; WIDTH: 300px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 400px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />Naturally, with my nose for scouting out antique shops, I found a little shop not far from the beach!

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.

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 300px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />The Strandkorbs were gorgeous as they lined the beach and I’ve started trying to determine if I could fit one of these on my balcony! At the very least, I think I must buy one as my souvenir before we move from Germany to our next home abroad!

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 300px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />In addition to the German beach chairs, I loved the Life Guard Stands which looked like something out of a science fiction movie!

to 10px; WIDTH: 300px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 400px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />to 10px; WIDTH: 300px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 400px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />Dining in Rugen Island was a fish revelation! We walked to the port and bought our lunch straight from the boat.

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 300px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />In addition to a sensational beach, the architecture was intriguing.

to 10px; WIDTH: 300px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 400px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />This building reminded me of the German-equivalent to South Beach, but most of the architecture had a more German feel.

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 300px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />All in all, it was the perfect weekend away, warranting this secluded spot in the Baltics as my Diva-scovery de Jour!

Until Next Time, Happy Reading!

The Antiques Diva™

Treasures on Tuesday – Cosmopolitans – Diva in The City!

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>This week’s “Treasures on Tuesday” is a seriously sexy vintage Val de Lambert Crystal Martini Shaker. Made by the exclusive European crystal house that I like to call “the Belgian Baccarat”, this treasure is ideal for a “Girls Night In”, perfect for shaking up some Sex in The City inspired Cosmopolitans!

While the traditional Cosmo is made with Triple Sec, I prefer to make it comme les français with Cointreau:

1 1/2 oz vodka
1 oz Cointreau
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
1/4 oz cranberry juice
Lime peel for garnish

  1. Shake, don’t stir, all the ingredients with ice in a crystal martini shaker.
  2. Strain into a chilled martini glass – for fun you can rim the glass with sugar. A trick I learned from my friend, the author of She’s Shopping Now blog, is that you can make your sugar harden like pink candy on the glass rim by first dipping the glass into Crème de Cassis before dipping into sugar.
  3. Last, but not least, garnish with lime.
  4. Serve with a smile!


The Antiques Diva™

Shop online at “Treasures” by The Antiques Diva™ for this vintage martini shaker and other European treasures my team and I sourced throughout Holland, Belgium, France and Germany!

Dutch Mania: From Delft to Bicycles

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Dear Diva Readers,

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>My good friend Shirley Agudo – an international author and photographer – happens to have a serious case of Delft Mania! Her kitchen is filled to the brim with a sensational collection of Delft that captures the essence of Holland! Of course, it should come as no surprise that she’s caught the Dutch craze for blue & white – she’s down-right addicted to all things Dutch! A long-term American expat living in Holland, she’s also captured the essence of Holland in her book Bicycle Mania – a wonderful read about the Dutch bicycle obsession!

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 191px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />Shirley and I met when I was living in Holland and we bonded immediately over tulips and pancakes, but now, just as I moved from Holland to Berlin, Shirley’s following suit! Okay, sadly for me, she’s not moving to Berlin, but she is here to visit me this weekend for the international launch of the 2nd edition of her book Bicycle Mania right here in Berlin!!! Shirley is going uber-international with her gallery opening this Friday night at Urban Cycle Gallery in Berlin.

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 200px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />Join international author and photographer Shirley Agudo this Friday night in Berlin at

Urban Cycle Gallery
Fehrebellinerstrasse 17
10119 Berlin
Photography Gallery Opening
June 11 – 7-10pm

Never fear, should you miss the fete this Friday, you can still see the exhibit! It’s on from June 11-26 and is a guaranteed good time!

Until next time,

The Antiques Diva
(seen right with author/photographer Shirley Agudo in Berlin last month)

What do you Crave?

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 132px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT THE CRAVE COMPANY?

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>The CRAVE Company publishes the most unique and stylish guidebooks on the market, celebrating women entreprenesses in cities around the world, showcasing some of the most creative, interesting, and gutsy proprietors of businesses you need to know about. Originally started in 2001 by Melody Biringer, the first CRAVE guide was “CRAVE Seattle, The Urban Girl’s Manifesto,” published in 2002. Before long women were calling their girlfriends for shopping and lunch expeditions based on Crave Seattle’s recommendations and a movement was born.


to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 155px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />In 2005, CRAVE expanded from Seattle into more than 15 additional markets, delivering an excellent excuse for girlfriends to get together across the world. Now prominent in US and international cities such as Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Vancouver, and Amsterdam, the CRAVE team is hard at work developing new CRAVE guides, bringing entreprenesses together and spreading the word about women-owned businesses.

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I’d like to extend a Special Thank You to writer, photographer and expat-expert Shirley Agudo for recommending me to be profiled as 1 of 150 Women To Know in Amsterdam! Shirley is the most inspiring person I know, serving as a role model, mentor and friend. Shirley’s latest book Bicycle Mania, has taken the whole of Holland by storm and within mere months of being published is already on its 2nd printing. Meanwhile her career as a photographer has flourished and you can see her work at galleries such as tographs/Home.html” target=”_blank”>Eduard Planting’s Fine Art Photography.

I also owe Crave Amsterdam Special Projects Manager Cristina Stoian my heartfelt appreciation for including me in the book! Cris has been a delight to meet and is quite possibly the most well-connected woman in Amsterdam, knowing who’s who and connecting those who need to know one another! Even more importantly, Cris is down-right fun – a Diva in her own right – and within minutes of meeting, I knew we were going to be friends! When Cris isn’t hard at work interviewing Crave candidates and coordinating a massive publishing and networking project in Amsterdam, she works as a portrait photographer, capturing souls on camera!


I’m certain just hearing about The Crave Company you’re already excited about the concept! Let me ask you something – when you’re traveling in a city, what are you looking for in the stores you visit?

  • Do you love quality goods
  • Do you expect exceptional service
  • Do you want to be pampered
  • Do you appreciate attention to detail
  • Do you enjoy supporting local, female proprietors
  • Do you have absolutely no time to waste
  • Do you long to get out and explore the city

If these points sound familiar, then let The Crave Guides introduce you to fabulous new designers, to miracle-worker masseuses, to confectionery queens, and to tours/” target=”_blank”>antiquing divas! In essence, The Crave Company will introduce you to amazing women around town who will help satisfy your next craving – whatever you’re looking for!


Hester van Eeghen Fashion/Leather Design Center

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 237px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />Hesther van Eeghen is considered one of the most influential Dutch designers of the 20th C with her work selling around the world in Germany, the USA, the UK and Japan as well as gracing the shelves of a many a museum! Long term Diva Readers might recognize Hester’s name = to-sell-bags.html” target=”_blank”>I featured van Eeghen’s work when Sotheby’s auctioned off a special purse collection for the Foundation: Hester van Eeghen Leather Design. Every two years, the Foundation organizes a competition in collaboration with the Museum of Bags and Purses in Amsterdam as a stimulus for designers who work with leather.

Friday Next

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for interior and lifestyle is Amsterdam’s latest hotspot offering not only a trendy selection of renowned brands and small, exclusive upcoming designers but also interior decorating and styling service as well as an onsite café for lingering in the hippest locale in Amsterdam! Visit Friday Next today!

Can’t wait to get the inside scoop and to learn about more Crave Ladies?

Pre-order your Crave Amsterdam Book!
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What do you Crave?

The Antiques Diva™

(There’s me craving champagne at right!)

Belgium Brocantes & Antique Salons: Calendar 2010

January 22-31, 2010

to 10px; WIDTH: 289px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 400px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />topDefault.aspx?tabid=1&lg=en” target=”_blank”>BRAFA: Brussels Antiques and Fine Arts Fair

Tour & Taxis Bldg
Avenue du Port 86C

11am-7pm Daily
Late Hours until 10.30pm on Jan 26 & 28
– Guided tours by a BRAFA associate are daily at 3pm. Inquire at ticket counter for details.
– The 130 participants represent different countries such as Belgium (60%), France, Germany, Great-Britain, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, Portugal, Russia, Spain, USA and Switzerland

topDefault.aspx?tabid=26&lg=en&switchportal=0″ target=”_blank”>AIRFARE & topDefault.aspx?tabid=28&lg=en” target=”_blank”>TRAIN DISCOUNTS to BRAFA AVAILABLE!!!

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to 10px; WIDTH: 170px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 67px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />Make your journey easier by travelling on topDefault.aspx?tabid=28&lg=en” target=”_blank”>Thalys when you go to Brussels from Paris, Cologne or Aachen. Benefit from the Thalys preferential rates to go to the fair: -50%* in Comfort 1 and -30%* in Comfort 2 on the Hi-Life price.


March 19-28, 2010

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Brussels Expo
Palais 5
Place de Belgique # 1
(enter via cote Atomium)
Hours: 2pm-7pm (Mon-Fri)
11am-7pm (Weekend)
March 25: Late Night until 10pm

– Free Entry to Ladies on Ladies Day Jan 26 (2pm-7pm)!!!
– 150 leading antiques dealers and art galleries of Belgium, Luxembourg, France, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy who are to exhibit at the Brussels Expo Hall 5.

View the Photo Gallery here!


April 3 – 5, 2010

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3 rue de Marche Couvert
Ciney, Belgium

Hours: 10am-7pm Daily
– Over 700 Vendors!
– Professional Day April 2 – Antique Dealers get 1st dibs!


October 2-3, 2010

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Centre Sportif, Rout d’Ohain
Lasne, Belgium
(Just 5km from Waterloo!)

Hours: 10am-6pm

– A “Glass Fair” unique to Belgium
– Over 4 soccer fields filled with glass and crystal, antiques vintage & collectibles!


Mid-November 2010 (Date TBD)

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Namur Expo
Ave Sergent-Vrithoff, 2
Namur, Belgium
To view photos from 2009’s great event, click here!

Happy Shopping in 2010!

The Antiques Diva™

(seen right hitting the fleas in Tongeren, Belgium)

What’s in a Name? Art Nouveau and other Names

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 300px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>I have a confession to make. Before I moved to Europe a decade ago, I didn’t realize that all the countries in the world were not actually named what we call them in English. You may be laughing right now, but I must admit this came as a surprise to me. France was easy as in French it is still called France, but the French call the Netherlands “Pays Bas” (The Low Country) while the Dutch call themselves Nederland. Germany is Deutschland (to the Germans) but the French call the country of Germany Allemagne. And Switzerland … well, in truth, I always forget that they call themselves Confoederatio Helvetica, causing their license tags to read a confusing CH while Spanish cars boast a giant E for Espana.

to 10px; WIDTH: 309px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 400px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />While this might seem like common sense to you, did you realize that the style we typically refer to as Art Nouveau also has a whole host of other names? In Germany it’s called Jugendstil (Youth Style) but in Austria, another German speaking country, it’s referred to as the Sezessionstil. Meanwhile, in the UK, Art Nouveau developed out of the Arts and Crafts Movement and is seen exemplified in Mackintosh’s work in Glasgow, so many Brit’s simply refer to this style as the Glasgow Style. The Americans aren’t any better. We often refer to all Art Nouveau design as Tiffany Style even on pieces that Louis Comfort Tiffany had no hand in designing. The Italians took no credit for the design. Instead, they looked to London’s Liberty & Co department store when naming the movement in their language, choosing to call Art Nouveau the Stile Liberty (Liberty Style). In Spain, Art Nouveau is referred to as Modernisme while in Denmark and Poland, Art Nouveau designs were absorbed into established local movements called Sknvirke (aesthetic activity) and Moda Polska (Young Poland).

to 10px; WIDTH: 228px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 400px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />Even in France, where the term Art Nouveau originates, meaning New Art, it wasn’t always called by this term. In French you’ll also find Art Nouveau pieces referred to as Le Style Moderne (The Modern Style). Several other countries hopped on that band wagon, with Spain also using the terminology Arte Joven (Young Art) and Italy occasionally referring to it as Arte Nuova (New Art), while The Netherlands employed Nieuwe Kunst (new art). Some countries threw in additional names that had more to do with the flowing lines and organic forms, so keep your eyes peeled for phrases such as Stile Floreal (Floral Style), Lilienstil (Lily Style), Style Nouille (Noodle Style) and Stile Vermicelli (Macaroni Style). If naming an art and design movement after pasta isn’t enough, get this – Art Nouveau has even been referred to as Bandwurmstil (Tapeworm Style) and Paling Stijl (Eel Style).

All this is enough to give you a headache, but as I wave goodbye, I’ll mention just one more name for Art Nouveau -Wellenstil (or the wave style).

Ta Ta for now. Until next time,

The Antiques Diva™

Diva-scovery: Cocotte Antiquitaten – Stuttgart, Germany

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>While visiting friends in Stuttgart, Germany a few weeks ago, my husband and I stumbled into a sensational little antique shop on Katharinenstrasse called Cocotte Antiques – I think owner Steffen Vetter might have purchased the best of France and transferred it into his discrete little well-lit boutique, jam-packed with crystal chandeliers, sconces, antique furniture and object d’art.

to 10px; WIDTH: 339px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 400px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />Founded in 2004, this store has acquired a cult following with collectors around the world. Steffen explains why so many people like his style and the items he offers for sale by writing:

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 280px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />to 10px; WIDTH: 322px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 400px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />”I suppose it’s because of my preference and my nose for things with an individual and unique aura. For me, to find such things is not just a kind of profession, it’s rather an art. And it’s much more an art to combine these pieces in a way that every object keeps its own personality and, additionally, enhances itself in the interaction with others. I love objects in which (their) history can be touched, and I love authentic pieces full of grown patina. You enjoy these items as well? May be we should know each other…”

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 283px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />Know each other indeed – you’ll thank me for introducing you to today’s Diva-scovery – Cocotte Antiques!

Cocotte Antiquitäten
Katharinenstr. 35
70182 Stuttgart Germany
Phone: +49 (0)711 5532335

What is Diva-scovery?
A fabulous find or shopping discovery – be it an Antique Shop, Vintage or Home Decorating Store – that will entice diva’s on parade to stop, shop and drop some dough!

Do you have a Diva-scovery? Email The Antiques Diva™ at, giving all the details of your find: write a quick blurb telling about your Diva-scovery, the name of the store & their website, including address & phone number. Plus, include a link to your blog (if applicable) and a photo of yourself!

Happy Shopping! Tschüss!

The Antiques Diva™

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A Tip From Lady Lotus: Summer Road Trips

to 10px; WIDTH: 240px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 320px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />Dear Diva Readers,

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Are you planning a summer getaway? Interested in taking a summer driving tour from your home in St Louis, USA, London, England or Berlin, Germany but don’t know where to go or how long it will take to get there?? Diva Reader and Regular Diva Contributor Lady Lotus recently emailed, sharing an excellent tool for helping plan summer getaways!

Lady Lotus writes: “To help brainstorm for places to visit within driving distance of your home, use a great website called” target=”_blank”>Free Map Tools. You simply type in the city from which you’ll be starting your journey (skipping over unnecessary details such as Latitude and Longitude) and see what locations come up within a particular radius of your starting point! A four hour drive is about 300 miles, but you could put in to drive less or travel further! Free Map Tools charts all the places you could go within a pre-designated amount of driving!”

Now that’s a great resource for planning all your driving vacations travel! Thanks Lady Lotus!

Happy Travels,

The Antiques Diva™
(with a little help from her friend Lady Lotus)

Photo opposite – Antiques Diva and Lady Lotus enjoy a lunch break while on a Road Trip with The Tampa Gal and La Reine on a Florida driving trip last December!