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In The Press and Around the Blogosphere

Dear Diva Readers,

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>I feel like bursting into song, “Thanks for the memories….” Wait – make that “Thanks for the mentions…”! I’ve been overwhelmed these last 2 weeks by mentions In the Press and Around the Blogosphere! It started a few weekends ago when I was floating thru Rugen Island with my husband and felt a little vibration in my pocket. Google alert was buzzing on my Blackberry to let me know that I’d been featured in the quarterly print and digital magazine Fearless Woman Magazine – a publication committed to spotlighting successful women and giving valuable learning lessons to women currently defining and exploring their career paths.

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 84px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />The article – titled “Be A Reinvention Queen” – shared some background on how I shed my traditional career in advertising when I moved overseas and used my time abroad as the perfect opportunity to pursue my ideas and passions – even though it took me a while to decipher what these really were! Special thanks to author Andrea Martin of Expat for including me in her article for this new publication! In fact, I need to give Andrea Martin a round of applause and a huge Merci for she also included me this week in a series of 7 articles written for Expatica on 10 Tips for Expat Women in Switzerland!

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 99px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />As if that doesn’t have me smiling from ear to ear, I must tell you I was delighted that Lisa Porter of The Lisa Porter Collection was the very first blogger to include my new online brocante “Treasures” by The Antiques Diva™ as a link on her site in the section: “Inspiring New Places to Land.” Lisa must quite possibly be the most popular blogger in the blogosphere for I have so many hits coming from her site that I thought perhaps my stat-counter had gone haywire! Ms Lisa Porter is a lady to know and be known by. Huge thanks for sharing the info on my new venture, Lisa! For those of you who are not familiar with Lisa’s blog, you must add it to your Must Read List!

to 10px; WIDTH: 300px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 115px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 83px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />Speaking of special thanks, I was delighted that She’s Shopping Now featured my online brocante “Treasures” by The Antiques Diva™ in her recent Places to Shop for Mother’s Day Presents! Hint, hint people – our Mantique Collection (perfect for Father’s Day) is current being uploaded four times a week so keep popping over to the “Treasures” site for more online antique and vintage shopping opportunities! The author of the sensational blog She’s Shopping Now has been an off-and-on-long-term guest blogger here at The Antiques Diva site and is a bonne amie. I’m certain she gives quite possibly the best shopping advice world-wide!

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 208px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />Also, while I’m dolling out the thanks, I want to say Merci to La Mom blog – Tales of an American Mom Living in Paris – for including my online brocante in a recent blog post as well! Have you ever wondered what living in Paris is really like? What the tourists don’t see? Through La Mom’s blog you can get a glimpse into life in the most beautiful city on earth! See Paris like you’ve never seen it before!

Add these great bloggers and this new magazine to you reading list!!!

Thanks for the Memories!

The Antiques Diva™

Living La Dolce Diva – Part 1

So, I lied. I didn’t mean to, but I did.

to 10px; width: 400px; cursor: hand; height: 300px; text-align: center;” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />top: 2px; padding-right: 5px; font-family: times;”>Last month, I wrote a blog telling about our upcoming trip to Italy. I waxed on about how for once in my life I was going to slow down and smell the roses. That rather than attempting to crunch a Grand Tour of Italy into a week and a half of vacation, that my husband and I had decided to visit just one location – taking it easy, lingering over the sights of Florence, absorbing the culture and romancing the moment. But this intention towards slow traveltowards only studying one site – was a fallacy in my mind before we’d walked out the door, rolling our luggage behind. You see, what I forgot to mention in that particular post was that before we even arrived in Italy, we were taking another trip to visit friends for 4 days and that we allowed an extra 3 days worth of time for taking detours on the 11 ½ hour drive each way from Berlin, Germany to Florence, 10px; width: 400px; cursor: hand; height: 300px; text-align: center;” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />The plan was quite simple, really, and though we saw lots more than just Florence as I proclaimed, we really did take time to linger as long as possible at each site visited. The vacation started one day after work, driving late into the evening, arriving at our friend’s front door in Stuttgart Germany as the coo-coo tweeted twelve times and the station wagon turned into a pumpkin. Herr and Frau Stuttgart were waiting “chez them”, dressed in PJ’s and we kissed hello, laughing over a glass of wine before slipping under the covers and awoke to the smell of freshly baked bread the next morning.

to 10px; width: 400px; cursor: hand; height: 300px; text-align: center;” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />For the next two days we lingered at “The Stuttgart Family” house, sitting in their garden, admiring their view, their vineyard and 10,000 rose bushes. On a lazy afternoon we went into town, meandering the Stuttgart Flea Market stalls and visiting antique shops and then spent the evening at a nearby Schloss, listening to music at the regional music festival.

to 10px; width: 320px; cursor: hand; height: 320px; text-align: center;” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />The next day we drove our black Benz to the Mercedes Benz Museum – a tour that while very interesting to me later came back to haunt WG when I asked him to join me in Florence at the” target=”_blank”>Salvatore Ferragamo Museum. Then the next afternoon the 4 of us hopped in our car and drove to the border where Austria, Germany and Switzerland meet at Lake Constance, taking the funicular to the top of the mountain enjoying the wonderful, panoramic view.

to 10px; width: 400px; cursor: hand; height: 300px; text-align: center;” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />Perhaps it was that very view that inspired our detour for the next day as WG & I departed on our drive towards Italy. As we crossed into Switzerland, I pulled the Europe atlas from the pocket behind my seat to look up the route our GPS was guiding us on, and realized that with a slight detour we could visit St Moritz, a place I’d never been but always wanted to see. As it was June, the roads were clear from snow and ice for the season and the great glacier pass was open for traffic, though around us as we crested the mountains snow still rested on the ground. From St Moritz, we continued our journey south crossing into Italy and arrived just in time for dinner at Bellagio, on Lake Como.

to 10px; width: 400px; cursor: hand; height: 300px; text-align: center;” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />The next day we arrived in Florence, just as planned, checking into our “oh so humble” hotel, marveling over it’s great location and noting that a mention in 1,000 Places To See Before You Die doesn’t guarantee the hotel won’t have mildew in the shower. Perhaps it was because the room was less than inviting that we found ourselves meandering the streets of Florence, leaving early in the day and returning late at night.

to 10px; width: 300px; cursor: hand; height: 400px; text-align: center;” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />Mornings were started with a jolt of liquid personality, saddling up to the bar at cafes dotted on the Ponte Vecchio, ordering half-priced cappuccino or espresso (discounted because you drink whilst standing). Sufficiently caffeinated, we dashed to and thro across one of the most amazing cities in Europe. Florence – the birth place of the Renaissance – seeped into my soul, causing a rebirth of my artistic sensibility. We visited the Uffizi, the to/home.html” target=”_blank”>Galleria Dell’Accademia, Il Duomo, and the Medici Chapels, not to mention the Palazzo Vecchio and Mercato Nuovo and Mercato San Lorenzo and” target=”_blank”>Church of Santa Croce alongside its famous leather school.

to 10px; width: 400px; cursor: hand; height: 300px; text-align: center;” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />We took a walking tour with Art Vivia that was the best walking tour I’ve ever taken and we ate copious quantities of gelato, shopped relentlessly for Italian silk ties and purses made by Florentine leather designers.

In a fit of channeling Fitzgerald, WG purchased a silk ascot for those crisp, fall days we lunch at Lutter & Wegner on the Gendarmenmarkt back home in Berlin. And I worshiped at the altar of Ferragamo, visiting Salvatore’s’ namesake museum dragging WG along in a tit-for-tat moment as he drug me through the Mercedes Museum in Stuttgart a few days prior. Naturally, I can’t visit a city without checking out the antique scene so we strolled through the antiques district and spent an afternoon shopping the Piazza dei Ciompi Flea market.

to 10px; width: 300px; cursor: hand; height: 400px; text-align: center;” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />And we reconnected, my husband of 13 years and I, on this trip celebrating our anniversary. We held hands and made public displays of affection, kissing on street corners and snuggling on park benches, rubbing one another’s feet at the end of the day when we’d walked too much. As we took our car from the valet to start our return drive to Berlin, we were delighted in knowing that we’d be back to Florence next summer when we take my niece Tessa on a Grand Tour for her 16th birthday. When asked what she wanted to see while abroad, Italy topped her list, much to our delight, and we’re already planning next summer’s odyssey to Venice, Florence, Milan and Cinque Terre.

to 10px; width: 400px; cursor: hand; height: 345px; text-align: center;” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />to 10px; width: 400px; cursor: hand; height: 300px; text-align: center;” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />In the meantime, with Venice on our mind, we detoured there on our drive home, spending an afternoon in Venice and taking in an early dinner before hitting the road yet again, cutting through the Alps and Austria before returning home to Berlin.

to 10px; width: 400px; cursor: hand; height: 300px; text-align: center;” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />We may not have stopped and smelled the roses, but it was indeed a sensational vacation. One you’ll be reading about for weeks on end these coming months as I post hints, tips and addresses from our trip, telling tales and sharing divalicious photos of Living La Dolce Diva!


The Antiques Diva™

(Seen Right rubbing the brass porcellino which legend says will ensure a rapid return to Florence)

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“Your Blog is Fabulous” Award

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Coco Chanel said, “A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.” And apparently, I’m half way there! Fellow expat La Mom, a sensationally witty and stylish Paris-based blogger, awarded The Antiques Diva™ with the “Your Blog is Fabulous” Award!

While the blog award does carry with it certain criteria (see below) La Mom chose to give her 10 awards to blogs in a certain category: French-themed blogs (decorating/ fashion/ cooking/ lifestyle tips or wine tasting info). The Antiques Diva squeezed in under the radar because though I no longer live in Paris I do love “gaie” Paris and write frequently about it. As La Mom put it, “The Antiques Diva is not a 100% Frenchy-themed blog, but she knows her Parisian antiques so that’s good enough for winning this award!”

Now I’m nominating the following 10 blogs for being fabulous too… Though my criteria is a bit a different. These are blogs I’ve stumbled across in recent months for a variety of reasons – the first 5 are my recent “haunts” where I’ve been lurking in my downtime and the last 5 are sites written by expats in Germany that I’m frequenting due to my recent move to Berlin.

to 10px; WIDTH: 320px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 111px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />1) Peeking Through The Sun Flowers is written by a Kansas-based blogger who has a great eye for interior décor! Her toto-were-not-in-kansas-anymore.html” target=”_blank”>recent home makeover featured on Cote de Texas blog is down-right delicious and is serving as inspiration for me as I decorate my new home in Berlin.

to 10px; WIDTH: 320px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 240px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />2) The World According to Isa has some of the most inspiring images I’ve seen in ages… a trip to Isa’s site is my daily eye candy. Moreover, this blogger is witty and full of great diva-worthy ideas as she renovates her “villa by the sea”.

to 10px; WIDTH: 320px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 144px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”–A/s320/French+Garden+House.bmp” border=”0″ /> 3) French Garden House Blog – Blogger Lidy Baar is a woman after my own heart. Growing up in Europe, she developed a passion for antiques with patina and charm and now sells her antiques and vintage treasures via her virtual shop specializing in Romantic Décor with French flair.

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4) A Fanciful Twist – I’ve only just recently discovered blogger Vanessa Valencia through a comment she left on my site and I’m smitten by her writing and her incredible collection of artwork for sale in her private gallery. Vanessa describes herself as feeling like a “a strange and curiously artistic woman from the 1800’s trapped in the body of a thirty year old girl living in a bizarre Arizona” .

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5) Studio Judith– J de Sante Fe – Another blog that’s a recent discovery and on my list of regular reads is written by an Interior Designer of Park Avenue Penthouses, Airstream Trailers and a variety of other residential and commercial venues. She’s a mixed media artist and an observer of the glorious contradictions which make life interesting and amusing. And though I’ve only just discovered her, I adore her already.

Since I’ve just moved to Berlin, I am currently exploring the German Expat Blog scene – thus I wanted to award a few of my favorite finds with this Fabulous Blog Award!

to 10px; WIDTH: 90px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 103px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />6) Making this Home – Just before moving to Berlin,” target=”_blank”>Victorian Cobweb tuned me onto this blog which details how one American is “making her home” in Germany – she gives great tips on to-live-in-europe/” target=”_blank”>everything from how to save money living in Europe to to-our-ceiling-wondering-how-that-title-could-sound-fun/” target=”_blank”>hanging wallpaper on the ceiling and to-breathe/” target=”_blank”>watching the water meter!
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7) Germany from an American Perspective is written by an expat with the intent to share interesting comparisons between American and German culture.

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8) American Dresdner written by a Mormon girl from Idaho who currently lives in Dresden with her mad scientist husband.

to 10px; WIDTH: 320px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 62px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />9) This Non-American Life written
by a travel-addicted American expatriate artist who has lived in Italy, Germany, and Switzerland… and is now settling in after a move from Zurich to Munich.

to 10px; WIDTH: 320px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 53px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />10)” target=”_blank”>Swisstory – While not technically a German blog, this American expat living in Zurich has already taught me oodles of German words and phrases. Plus, she’s just plain funny and I enjoy seeing Switzerland – a place I love to travel – through her eyes!

Now, Fabulous Blogger Recipients – there are a few rules that come with being “Fabuleuse!”

1. Put the logo on your blog or post.
2. Nominate at least 10 blogs which you think are fabulous.
3. Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
4. Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
5. Share the love and link to this post and to the person from whom you received your award.

Have a Fabulous Day!

The Antiques Diva™

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