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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!

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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™

Bonjour Paris – Ask The Antiques Diva™

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Planning your next trip to Paris? Want to visit great flea markets while abroad? You can now pose your questions to “Bonjour Paris” with their new feature “tory/ask-antiques-diva/” target=”_blank”>Ask The Antiques Diva™—the Bonjour Paris In-House Antiques Expert”. Read this month’s special feature, where I give advice on attending Maison et Objet, visiting the Grande Braderie de Lille and reveal my secret source for finding flea markets in France!

Read The Article tory/ask-antiques-diva/” target=”_blank”>Here!

Until Next Time,

The Antiques Diva™

Photo Credits:
Photographer: Angelica Arbulu Photography
Location: Neeltje Twiss Art, Antiques and Interiors

The Urban Market Houston – USA EDITION

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>If you’re anywhere near Texas this November 8th, you need to high-tail it to Houston!!! On Sunday, November 8th 2009 you’re invited to the ton.com/home” target=”_blank”>Extraordinary Urban Market in Houston!

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All photography by Julie Landreth courtesy of Urban Market’s webpage.

Until Next Time, Happy Shopping,

The Antiques Diva™

Find of the Day!

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Wouldn’t this garden wagon be sensational as a funky coffee table?
Imagine the rustic as home décor!

The One Minute Diva – Jolietrouvaille

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Dear Diva Readers,

tou/foire/jamb.htm” target=”_blank”>La Foire Nationale à la Brocante et aux Jambon is just a few days away and the anticipation is driving me crazy. Everyone is talking about it! I can almost smell the ham in the air! In this One Minute Diva, I wanted to encourage Diva Readers visiting Chatou this fall to stop by (and shop your heart out) at one of my favorite vendors – Blandine Bavoux’s quintessentially French stall located at 10 rue de la Gaite.

top:10px;margin-bottom:10px;margin-left:10px;font-family: Arial,Helvetica,Georgia;font-size:22px;line-height:18px;color:grey;text-align: right;”>Armchair travelers don’t despair! shop online Jolietrouvaille

Armchair travelers, don’t despair! The good news is that you don’t have to go to The National Fair of the Flea Market and Ham to benefit from Blandine’s cute French country kitchen collectibles and antiques. You can either stop by her stall at Chatou or buy online at Jolietrouvaille! Either way, make sure you tell her The Antiques Diva™ sent you! By the way, I happen to know she keeps a stash of cookies and warm tea on a shelf in her stall – it’s reserved for special guests but I’m certain if you linger long enough that she’d indulge you!

tou.jpg”>tou.jpg” border=”0″ />tou-brocante.html” target=”_blank”>The picture above is courtesy of fellow blogger Tara Bradford of Paris Parfait. Visit Tara’s divalicious site to see more gorgeous photos of Blandine’s stall and other Chatou pics! Tara intersperses gorgeous photos and musings of her life in France with witty political commentary!

Until Next time,

The Antiques Diva™

(picture at right taken in Blandine’s Booth at the March 2008 La Foire Nationale à la Brocante et aux Jambon )

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