Frohe Ostern!

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Happy Easter Diva Readers,

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Hippity, hop, hop, hippity, hop, hop… Spring has sprung in Berlin just in time for Easter! Obviously Mother Nature knew that Easter is considered one of the most important events of the year in Deutschland – and brought out the sunshine to welcome the holiday with a sunny smile!

A walk down the Ku’damm is a delight at the moment bursting with Easter displays, yellow daffodils and chocolate bunnies tempting me with their brightly colored foiled packages! Did you know that many of the customs associated with Easter originated in Germany – including the use of decorated eggs as well as the Easter Bunny?

to 10px; WIDTH: 240px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 320px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />Getting in the spirit of the holiday, I’ve spruced up my house, German style, in the time honored tradition of hanging eggs on the branches of the “Osterbaum” (Easter Tree)! Of course, I’m taking liberties with the tradition and pairing the hanging eggs with a bouquet of tulips paying tribute to my time in Holland.

In fact, this Easter my husband WG & I are mingling a montage of cultures. German/American friends The Pelikan Pen Guy and The Swiss Miss (along with The Little Swiss Miss) are in town this holiday weekend visiting us from their home in Zurich! Needless to say, we’re having a dashing good time! Today we hit the Berlin Trodelmarkt and I’ll soon be sharing some of our guest’s purchases with you in a special feature blog! But the culture connections continue from here – we first met these friends when we were all living in Paris years ago. So to commemorate the Paris Connection in Berlin we are doing Easter dinner at the French Restaurant Juliette in the German town of Potsdam. But the countries connection continues… this world-class restaurant lies in the center of the restored Hollandisches Viertel (Dutch Quarter) in Potsdam. The Dutch Quarter will remind us of when these same friends visited us on an Easter of yesteryear when we were living in Holland!

It’s a small world after all!

Frohe Ostern!
The Antiques Diva™ (and friends)

Photo taken at” target=”_blank”>Kartoffelkeller restaurant in Berlin

To learn more about German Easter Traditions visit” target=”_blank”>Journey to Germany

Christa Snoek Flower Arranging Workshops

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Clients who take Antiques Diva Tours are often looking for a different way to see a country. In my case, I offer retail therapy and a chance to score the perfect souvenir – a chance to bring home a bit of that country and to set it on the mantle as your home décor! Tourists often take courses while on holiday, but it’s usually something sporty like scuba diving, parasailing or kayaking courses, but Christa Snoek “Bloemsierkunst” is offering something different – floral design workshops fit for a diva!
Whether you’re a seasoned floral expert or merely interested in learning to puff your home décor, all you have to do is sign up to attend one of her many workshops throughout the year! Then you simply show up at her atelier which is located in what seems to be the middle of no-where, but is in fact in the middle of Holland’s flower district. When you walk into her workshop stuffed from end to end with gorgeous buckets of flowers you’ll think you’ve died and gone to – Holland!

Can you think of a better way to “get to know a country” than through their most famous export – in this case flowers? Upcoming workshops include:

Kerst (Christmas) Flowers – courses run from 1 Nov – Dec 22 and cost between 17.50 and 45 Euros
Passen (Easter) Flowers – courses run from 27 March – 9 April and cost between 17.50 and 25 Euros
Zomerbloemen (Summer Flowers) – courses run 5 June – 25 Sept and cost from 15 Euros

Not only do you learn great hints and tips for flower arranging, but you also have a chance to meet local ladies who are taking the workshop with friends as well. Christa also sells a variety of “Woonaccessoires and Bloemisterijartikelen” – Home Goods and Floral Accessories – at significantly lower prices than you’d find elsewhere in Holland. All in all, Christa Snoek Flower Workshops receive 2 thumbs up from this diva!