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!

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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)

Last Minute Diva: Amsterdam Art Opening and “Must Buy” Book!

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Published by XPat Media/Scriptum, this full-color book jam-packed with great photographs explores the Dutch bicycle culture!

Dear Diva Readers,

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>From time to time, I feel compelled to get off the antiques route and take in some additional European scenery. Today’s divergence is taking us down the “Fietspad”– that is, Dutch for “Bike Path”! I simply had to write today to tell you about a new book, Bicycle Mania, written by my good friend Shirley Agudo. And while bicycling might seem like a stretch for an antique shopping website to cover, it’s not as big of a leap in the imagination as you might imagine!

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Eduard Planting Fine Art Photographs
Eerste Bloemdwarsstraat 2 links
1016 KS Amsterdam
The Netherlands

I’m looking so forward to the launch of Shirley Agudo’s book Bicycle Mania – I’ll be driving from Berlin into Amsterdam for the weekend to see this special art exhibit & to attend the Book Launch Party!

To whet your appetite, why don’t you tographs/Bicycle_Mania.html#2″ target=”_blank”>visit Eduard’s website to see a sensational selection of Agudos work (and while you’re there why don’t you check out what else is on in Eduard’s Gallery!?).

A publicity email I received with information on the book launch reads:

“The Dutch are bicycle crazy. Nowhere else in the world is bicycling so ingrained in the culture as it is in the Netherlands. Never before has anyone captured its essence quite like American photographer and author Shirley Agudo, a long-time resident of Holland.

Depicted in this enlightening and amusing book are young, old and even NAKED cyclists in a country with more bicycles than inhabitants, transporting ‘anything and everything’ on their bikes – from tables and mattresses to four or five children and the family dog.

Shirley and contributing photographers Trevor Waldron, Ben Deiman and Max Rubenacker take us along some of the 29,000 kilometers (18,000 miles) of bike paths and into the heart of Amsterdam and other Dutch cities to show us how pervasive, practical and incredible the Dutch cycling culture really is.

It’s all here – the history, the infrastructure, the mentality and the global reputation of a culture gone completely mad about bikes.”

Until Next Time, Happy Trails!

The Antiques Diva™

(seen right peddling my way in the Dutch countryside)

Here’s Holland

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>I had to share with you a picture that Diva Reader Shirley Agudo, current editor of the 9th edition of Here’s Holland, sent with a note saying,

“Antiques Diva, I couldn’t help but think of you when I saw this store front in Amsterdam!”

I was as delighted with the picture as I am with the book Shirley edits and co-authors!

Here’s Holland is simply the best all-in-one guide to travel and life in Holland. Written by British expat Sheila Gazaleh-Weevers, this Dutch travel guide has sold over 60,000 copies and will soon be entering its 10th edition. Sheila is a sensational woman with the energy of 20 ladies, a smile that lights up the room and is a true genius in compacting a wealth of information in an easy to read format! What differentiates this guide from other books is that it covers both tourism opportunities in Holland as well as expat tips on how to live in The Netherlands.

People often ask me, “Diva, how do you know so much about life in Holland?” My answer – “Here’s Holland!”

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Like a well-packed suitcase, Here’s Holland has all you need

When I have a Dutch question, it’s the best resource I have in finding the answer. Whether I need to know where to go to entertain a friend’s child who is visiting me for the weekend or I’m trying to figure out how to get the best train fares in the country, the answer is here inside this handy, dandy Holland guide! From booking a B&B;, to finding an out-of-the-way museum, to perusing the Yearly Calendar with tips on special events, this book has the answer! It gives inside information about culture and customs, characteristic Dutch crafts and products, biking and shopping opportunities as well as tips on eating out, sporting venues, markets, special activities and so much more!

Like a well-packed suitcase, Here’s Holland has all you need for your journey – whether you are passing through Holland on a weekend excursion or living in the Low Lands! You can order your book directly from tomahaines” target=”_blank”>my Library – or better yet, contact Here’s Holland directly and have your tor+and+Antiques+Diva.jpg”>tor+and+Antiques+Diva.jpg” border=”0″ />autographed copy mailed today!

Until next time,

The Antiques Diva™
(Seen at right with good friend Here’s Holland Editor Shirley Agudo)

P.S. Stay tuned for an upcoming blog where Here’s Holland Editor and Co-Author Shirley Agudo takes The Antiques Diva™ to her favorite Het Gooi-based sources for antiques, vintage and reclaimed goods!