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One Minute Diva: Villa Trapp Update!

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>For those of you who have been desperately waiting since my Sound of Music blog in May for more information on the original Sound of Music family home, the hotel website is now up and running!!

With the transformation complete, you can now sleep in the rooms where the von Trapps used to live! Double room rates run anywhere from 120 euros in low season to 170 in high. Or you can simply splurge and go for the Wingside Suite which costs up to a whopping 740 euros in high season!

My recommendation would be to book the 2 night package for 255 euros per person – this includes Sound of Music tours, Villa Trapp wine and cake, entrance to the exhibition and a token souvenir. The hills are alive again with the Sound of Music!

To book: email or call +43 (0) 662 630 860


The Antiques Diva

The One Minute Diva: The von Trapp Family Villa – A New Salzburg Hotel

Breaking news! The Villa Trapp website is now up and running!! Click here for all the details!

to9xmAQ/s1600-h/villatrapp.jpg”>to9xmAQ/s200/villatrapp.jpg” border=”0″ />top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>I am a huge fan of Cal Simmon’s blog, The Informed Traveler, which is hosted by The Five Star Alliance, the world’s leading luxury hotel reservation service. I frequently use their blogs to plan my vacations with great tips on where to stay & what to do while visiting exotic locations around the globe. Today’s Informed Traveler blog has me looking at my calendar trying desperately to arrange a trip to Salzburg this summer simply so I can stay in a new hotel that has just opened! Perhaps I can squeeze in an Austrian getaway in between a trip to the Loire this June & a Med cruise this August! According to The Informed Traveler, the hills are alive again with The Sound of Music – of course, this time the music might be merely the trickle of laughter and cries of joy from delighted guests who are now staying in the von Trapp Family Villa!

The Trapp Villa, as the hotel is called, opens this July and is quite surprisingly reasonably priced at 100E per night including breakfast(approx $ 155 USD). The Informed Traveler writes “Visitors will have a chance to relive scenes from the movie. Sip coffee at the gazebo where Liesl, eldest daughter of the von Trapp family, and her boyfriend, Rolf, had a secret rendezvous or dine at the von Trapp family table.”

tory/2008/5/13/195317/112/hotels/Movie_Set_Hotel_The_Von_Trapp_Villa_in_Salzburg” target=”_blank”>Hotel Chatter provided even more information on the hotel, providing history buffs with those details that make the stay even more intriguing. “The von Trapps lived (at Trapp Villa) from 1923-1938. When the Nazis stormed Austria, the Baron and his family left for Italy and the villa became the home of notorious SS chief Heinrich Himmler and his butler. Leave it to the Herr to build a huge white wall around the property, which remains today, and to turn the beautiful chapel into, what else, a beer hall. When the war ended, the property was returned to the family who then sold it to a peaceful Catholic missionary order”.

While the internet seems to be all a chatter about this new hotel, I can’t find their hotel website and am at a loss for how to book it! I’ve sent Informed Traveler an email hoping they’ll help solve this mystery! Dear Readers, if you solve the mystery before IT does, please let me know!

This seems like an utterly diva-worthy hotel experience! And I can’t wait to go to Salzburg at my first opportunity! I will however have to use the utmost of self-control to keep from ripping down the Villa Trapp’s draperies and making them into a pair of lederhosen fit for a diva!


The Antiques Diva™

One Minute Diva – Puttin’ on the Ritz

Bonjour Mes Amies,

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Just back from Paris after a mad overnight dash into the city of light to visit the Sotheby’s Important Meuble sale, and returned home to Holland to discover a wonderful tip on the Chic Shopping Paris blog. For years, I’ve sat in on to.asp?id_target=1911&id_lang=2″ target=”_blank”>cooking classes at The Ritz Escoffier, but I’ve just discovered that The Ritz also offers floral arranging courses!

Rebecca, at Chic Shopping Paris writes:

“If you’ve ever wondered how to make one of the gorgeous floral arrangements that grace the ‘palace’ hotels here in Paris, this is your chance. The Ritz Paris is partnering up with its floral decorator, Djordje Varda, to offer flower arranging lessons. from 11am to 1pm on Saturday, April 12, 26, or May 10, 24, you too can try your hand at l’art florale. 200 euros a course; call + to sign up.”

Bonne Chance!

The Antiques Diva™

One Minute Diva – The Foire Nationale a la Brocante et aux Jambons March 2008

Dear Diva’s,

top:5px;float:left;color:white;background:Red;border:4px solid blue;font-size:100px;line-height:90px;padding-top:1px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>You’ve heard me wax poetically about the famed tou/foire/acc.htm” target=”_blank”>Foire Nationale a la Brocante et aux Jambons tou” target=”_blank”>twice before so I won’t regal you with details of this giant French flea market with over 800 vendors held in the Parisian suburb of Chatou, but I wanted to give you a quick reminder to book your ticket to Paris to attend the Spring Brocante.

Air France is offering a special discount to Jambon Lovers offering as much as a 25-45% discount when you book roundtrip airfare with them between March 2nd and 21st. Enter Event ID 03115AF when booking.

Chatou details:
When: Dealer Day March 6. Open to the Public March 7 – 17

Time: Daily from 10am to 7pm

tou/foire/plan.htm” target=”_blank”>Where: Chatou, France. RER stop : Rueil-Malmaison or Chatou-Croissy

Book your tickets now!!

The Antiques Diva™

For more details see the tou/foire/acc.htm” target=”_blank”>Foire website or, better yet, read about it on the pages of the The Antiques Diva!
Part 1 – to-find-my-favorite-french.html” target=”_blank”>Q&A; – Where to Find My Favorite French Flea Markets
Part 2 – My Favorite Flea Market

Part 3 – One Minute Diva – The Foire Nationale…

One Minute Diva – An Hermès Extra

Extra, Extra! Read all about it!

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>With all this HermèsTalk in last week’s blog, I couldn’t help but add my 2 cents — although, as we are discussing luxury goods, perhaps I should add a bit of inflation to cover the cost of my ponderings. My personal policy is to never buy new when I can buy vintage. Thus, last weekend in Paris when I was looking for a “new” red scarf, I found myself inside Les 3 Marches de Catherine B – a chic shop in St German des Pres specialising in vintage Hermès & Chanel.

Whether you want a Birkin or a to-buy-an-AUTHENTIC-Hermes-Birkin-or-Kelly-Bag_W0QQugidZ10000000000110367″ target=”_blank”>Kelly, a Coco-suitable suit, gloves straight off Mademoiselle herself or silver champagne cocktail stirring sticks marked with a classic Hermès “H”, these 2 tiny stores located right next door to one another are the place to find exactly what you’re looking for.

While it’s certainly more fun to go to Paris and shop in person, armchair travellers can now become armchair shoppers. Internet shopping with worldwide shipping is available so you won’t have to wait until your next Parisian trip to peruse the French finery at Les 3 Marche de Catherine B. And if you’ve a Chanel or Hermès accessory lingering unworn in your own wardrobe, you can also talk to Catherine B about selling your own high-end inventory. Unlike most sales-room policies, “Les Marche” pays cold hard cash to private clients and vendors – giving her an edge on capturing the best vintage inventory around the globe.

Les Trois Marche de Catherine B
1 & 3 Rue Guisarde
75006 Paris
Metro: Mabillion
Open Monday to Saturday 10am – 7:30pm

From my address book to yours…

The Antiques Diva™

One Minute Diva – Voulez-vous aller à San Francisco?

to 10px; CURSOR: hand; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ /> top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>My friend, The Wardrobe Stylist Extraordinaire, just emailed The Antiques Diva™ saying she is dying to get away and visit a girlfriend living in SFO and to go see the Marie Antoinette San Francisco Expo! When she sent me the link, I couldn’t help but think that this would make a great Diva’s On Parade Girl’s Trip! Or better yet, a yummy excursion to take while staying up on the Hill at ton_san_francisco” target=”_blank”>The Ritz for a Last Minute Valentines Getaway! But you’d better hurry as the exhibition ends February 17th and, dearest American Diva Readers, you wouldn’t want to miss a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the gorgeous décor of the Petit Trianon without having to cross over the pond to the continent! For the first time ever, the contents of Marie Antoinette’s private residence on the grounds of Versailles are being shown together in an exhibition outside of France! Thus, francophones and cognoscenti alike are flocking to The Legion of Honor Museum to rub shoulders with Sophia Coppola wanna-be’s and to see the audacious, decorative arts behind the “toinette/index.html” target=”_blank”>Rumor, Scandal, Fame and Revolution”. Viva La San Francisco!

À plus tard Diva’s – I’m off to eat cake!

The Antiques Diva™

PS. If you’ve a great idea for A Diva’s on Parade Girl’s Trip, or want to share pics from your own Diva Parade, then send me an email with pictures and you, too, can tell tales from your most recent rendezvous!


One Minute Diva – The Schiller David Collection Sotheby’s Sale Feb 5

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;”>The Dutch Wonder just emailed me a flurry of words full of excited energy, advising The Antiques Diva™ readers to dash to Amsterdam’s Sotheby’s this Tuesday, Feb 5th for a chance to bid on the Schiller David Collection of Symbolism, Art Nouveau and Art Deco. In an antiquer’s tale come full circle, this collection, estimated at 2 million euros, began a mere 20 years ago at the scene of the sale. Enter 2 American book dealers from New York, Justin Schiller and Dennis David, who while visiting Amsterdam for a book sale had a few extra hours on their hands and chose to spend it at Sotheby’s, where a private collection of Dutch Art Nouveau and Deco was on sale. They fell for this modern style hook, line and sinker, and began crossing the Atlantic as regularly as if it were the Long Island Ferry, returning home to their chi-chi upstate New York mansions with their luggage full of drawings, prints, sculpture and ceramics from Holland’s Finest Dutch designers, including” target=”_blank”>Toorop, Van Hoytema, Van der Leck, Rietveld, Colenbrander, topic/jacob-mendes-da-costa” target=”_blank”>Mendes da Costa and Nieuwenhuis.

Now, 20 years later, Schiller and David are relocating back to The City (for we all know New York need not be mentioned by name), and their Upper East End abode will undoubtedly only hold so much – thus the sale and an incredible opportunity for Diva’s to cash in on a chance to buy Dutch art of renowned provenance and style.

Be there or be square!

The Antiques Diva™

Remember, for any last minute tips such as this, please email me at and I’ll be sure to get it posted for all of the Diva readers!

One Minute Diva – True Love Amsterdam

Dear Antiques Diva,

to of this antiques shop was that the store name – “True Love” – is written on the inside of my wedding band and it was odd to see a shop in Amsterdam with such a name as this. During my courtship with my wife, it became an alternate phrase for “I love you”. We used it so much and even today we often say “True Love” as we say goodbye on the phone or spend time away.

I hope your readers enjoy the photo.

Matt from Texas


Dear Antiques Diva Readers,

Matt from Texas and his bride Karla have to be one of the most “in love” couples I’ve ever had the pleasure of spending time with and when you’re with them it is clear that theirs is “True Love”.

By the way, should you want to check out this fabulous little shop in Amsterdam, it’s located near the Noodermarkt between the Keizersgracht and the Prinsengracht at # 4 Prinsenstraat – which along with the adjoining Herenstraat happens to be one of my favorite small shopping areas in Amsterdam. My husband, The Wine Guy, has purchased countless vintage and antique cuff links at True Love and they’ve an assortment of treasures that are “perfectly packable” for the world traveler. I’ve fallen in love with clocks, vases, crystal glasses, and rugs as well as larger less packable statues, Victorian sewing stands, pedestal tables and more. Though a tiny shop, it’s packed with so many treasures you are certain to find something you want, need or better yet, both! The shop owner also runs a simple guesthouse nearby with rates hovering just above the 100E point.

And speaking of “True Love” I couldn’t help signing off with this photo of WG and I taken almost 2 years ago on our 10 year wedding anniversary in Santorini, Greece… there is nothing better in life than TRUE LOVE.

The Antiques Diva ™

The One Minute Diva – La Table

egional Reporter, The Duchess of Orange, just sent me a tip advising my readers in the Amsterdam area to drop what they are doing and make plans to go to La Table. It may sound French, but it’s Dutch through and through and held in quite possibly the most charming town south of Amsterdam. The ‘t Gooi village of Naarden Vesting is one of my favorite places to wander on a weekday afternoon when I’ve nothing better to do. In De Grote Kerk (The Big Church), from Thursday 8 – Sunday 11, November, you’ll find a feast for the eyes with this years theme “The Royal Setting” serving up a heady portion of inspiration for holiday décor and design. Pretty much everything to do with interior design, table decorations, and interior lifestyle in general will be celebrated! Celebrated chef Paul Fagel is making a special lunch and dinner arrangement with fair guests as he celebrates his latest book “Aan Tafel met Van Gogh” (At the Table with Van Gogh) . While in Naarden you’ll have to visit Het ArsenaalJan des Bouvrie’s (the most famous Dutch interior designer) design center where you’ll want to recline on one of his modern chaise lounges and wrap yourself in one of his fur throws. Bring a camera and snap a pic in a true diva pose while no one is watching…

All the best,

The Antiques Diva ™

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