The Diva Does Paris with Travel + Leisure

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Shortly after moving from Amsterdam to Berlin this Spring, I received the nicest email from one of my favorite bloggers, Claudia Strasser – author of The Paris Apartment book, blog, Paris shopping tour operator and NYC boutique of the same name. Claudia invited me to join her in Paris in April, collaborating behind-the-scenes for a few brocante visits with clients from the West Coast of the United States and it just so happened that Travel + Leisure would be along for the ride, documenting the French antique shopping fun!

Claudia and I are of one mind when it comes to Paris – we are both gaga over everything French, from antiques to l’art de vivre, and it was an utter delight spending time in the city of light with Claudia – a woman who has Taste with a capital “T”. The fact that the legendary writer to/Lynn+Yaeger” target=”_blank”>Lynn Yaeger was on hand to write about the event added glamour, panache and the type of style that only Lynnie can add to a certain situation. Upon meeting Lynn, I must confess I was a little nervous – this is, after all, a woman with her own Wikipedia listing and a quintessential voice of New York City, but as the day evolved, my nerves went to the wayside and as we sat giggling on the metro I felt like I’d known her for ages! We had a ball! It was an honor to join Claudia Strasser & Lynn Yaeger in Paris and now you can read all about it in the October 2009 Travel+Leisure.

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Lynn Yaeger writes:

“When I am in the City of Light, I rarely set foot in a gallery unless it has a gift shop. My favorite place to dine is the department-store café, with the frites stand at the flea market a close second. But recently it dawned on me that even a world-class compulsive shopper like myself has a tendency to visit the same markets, the same charming boutiques, the same venerable department stores. So on my latest trip I decided to consult three shopping gurus—two natives and one honorary citizen—about their favorite local haunts….”

the article goes on to say:

“When Claudia Strasser sweeps into the café across from the Vanves Métro stop on Sunday morning she has quite an entourage with her—three members of the B. family, whose 15-room mansion in Seattle she is helping to furnish, along with Toma Haines, an Oklahoma native who calls herself The Antiques Diva™. Before we hit even the first booth, Strasser and The Diva are unloading trade secrets: Did I know that the traveling fairs that set up in different neighborhoods on summer weekends are listed at the Vide-Greniers website, and that there are three keywords to look for: antiquités (for items at least 100 years old), brocante (for classic flea market merchandise), and vide-greniers (what in other cultures is commonly referred to as junk)? Was I aware that the best time to go to markets is the last weekend in July, before the whole of France goes on vacation, when dealers are desperate to empty their booths and want quick cash?”

Continue reading Lynn Yaeger’s Travel + Leisure article here and while on the Travel + Leisure site make sure to check out some of her other great articles on topics as wide ranging as Touring Coco Chanel’s Old Haunts to Dutch by Design.

Do make sure to visit Claudia’s blog The Paris Apartment – she has some of the best Parisian photography in one locale featured on her site as well as an incredible inventory of French antiques for sale in her online shop and if you’ve not bought her book The Paris Apartment be sure to order a copy! Rumor has it she’s working on her next book… and I can’t wait to read it!

Click here to read what Claudia had to say about the adventure in Paris with Travel + Leisure!

Bonne Shopping!

The Antiques Diva™
(seen right with Claudia Strasser of The Paris Apartment)