top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Lest you think I’m suggesting a bit of culture in Amsterdam sans shopping opportunity, shame on you! In the BrilMuseum (or National Museum of Spectacles) you can get culture and BUY the museum exhibits at the same time! Select from over 100 years worth of unworn eye attire in a reconstructed 1930’s optical shop with help from manager Mike Teunissen, a 4th generation specialist in glasses.
Whether your man’s looking for some authentic Buddy Holly frames or if you’ve thought you’d look quite the sexy librarian with some of the timeless century-old Schubert spectacles, this is the place for all your antique optical needs.
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Gasthuismolensteeg # 7
1016 AM Amsterdam
Phone/Fax: 0031 (0)20-4212414
Hours: Wed – Fri 12pm to 5:30pm and Sat from 12pm – 5pm
Seeing is Believing,
The Antiques Diva™
P.S. Father’s Day is just around the corner. Why don’t you look at the Mantiques available at my online Brocante “Treasures” by The Antiques Diva and SEE what you can find?!
top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>My darling husband surprised me with a trip to Prague so he & I could have a little R&R; and1-on-1 time after I’d been out of town for an extended period during my Antiques Diva tours. We went to Prague to take long walks holding hands, to drink copious quantities of Czech beer (his intent, not mine, as even living in Germany has not converted me to being a beer drinker) and to nibble our way through the winding streets of Prague.
Won’t you join me on a quick tour?
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to 10px; WIDTH: 300px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 400px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_kcTb8DnPVW4/S1yBZvvrYjI/AAAAAAAAEFI/rn92LP1JVDQ/s400/064.JPG” border=”0″ />Something you may not know is that my husband, The Wine Guy (the man who could be called The Antiques Guy), could also be called The Pilot. For when he’s not crunching numbers as a CFO, he’s a private pilot flying the friendly skies and thus has an avid interest in anything aviation!
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Bric a Brac
Týnská 7, Prague 1
Phone: (+420) 222 326 484
Metro: Staromĕstská (line A) or Námĕstí Republiky (line B)
to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 300px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_kcTb8DnPVW4/S22t9kFlpFI/AAAAAAAAEKo/o6KAa4PbWgo/s400/305.JPG” border=”0″ />The contents of the art market tend more towards tourist art than serious collector pieces, but the paintings are quirky and colorful and fun – the type of painting you might hang in your bathroom, a child’s bedroom, guest room or hall so that each time you pass by you just have to smile and remember your trip to Berlin. Paintings are sold alongside polish pottery, art glass and cute tiles commemorating local landmarks.
You can visit the Berlin Art Market every Saturday and Sunday from 11am – 5pm… and if it’s a sunny day you never know… you might bump into The Wine Guy & me making our Saturday morning rounds in Berlin!
Kunst und Nostalgie Markt
Berlin – Mitte
The Antiques Diva™
(Seen right with The English Rose opposite the art market and across the river in front of The Berliner Dom)
This year at PAN, as always, Dolf D. Van Omme will have some excellent artists on display! I can’t wait to lay my eyes upon one particular piece of their collection premiering at PAN Amsterdam – a pastel by Kees van Dongen (1877-1968) titled Paris la Nuit. Of particular interest as well is the work of artist Jan Sluijters (1881-1957). Dolf D Van Omme will be displaying 5 of his modern water colors from the Esser collection.
I received Dolf D Van Omme’s invite to the Nov 22nd opening day of PAN Amsterdam and was devastated to discover I’m out of town for this sensational first day event. Alas, I’ll be returning that evening from a house hunting trip to Berlin and fear that I won’t make it before the doors close at 9pm. Nevertheless, a day later I’ll be joining the masses when the fair opens to the public! Needless to say, stall # 146 Dolf D Van Omme will be first on my list of stalls to stop and visit!
Breaking news! The Villa Trapp website is now up and running!! Click here for all the details!
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!
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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>It seems a Diva’s work is never done and these last three weeks have nearly ran me into the ground! I’m in serious need of some R & R for all the champagne & caviar of this past month has me in desperate need of a detox program with my health guru Vardit Kohn! After hosting two sets of guests back to back these last two weeks (as well as making 2 trips to Antwerp leading The Antiques Diva™ Shopping Tours), I woke Tuesday morning, hopped in my car & drove to Rotterdam where I took to/pickwick” target=”_blank”>The Pickwick Women’s Club on a “tourframe.html” target=”_blank”>Grand Tour” – figuratively speaking that is! In case you didn’t realize it, The Antiques Diva™ makes public appearances, sharing all her diva-licious European shopping tips & giving enough Grand Tour addresses to fill two little black books.
toinette.bmp”>toinette.bmp” border=”0″ />No sooner than The Pickwick Ladies closed the meeting in a round of applause, the Volvo was thrown into high gear and I raced four hours south to Paris where I was meeting two of my friends, The Belgian Beauty & Ms Holland, for an overnight excursion to Sotheby’s Paris for the Important Meuble & Silver Sale and a date with Marie Antoinette in the Grand Palais.
We’d planned the trip ages ago, but I had to cut it short when a diva-licious opportunity popped up – fortunately my friends forgave me for departing a day earlier than planned. One of my favorite antiquaries in Amsterdam, Robert Schreuder, delighted me with an invitation for a Fashion Show and Pre-Preview for Art & Antiques Fair ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Fashion Designer Frans Hoogendoorn presented an amazing collection of gowns fit for a diva, while the pre-preview at AF’sH left me drooling for more – and with a shopping list a mile long!
Luckily for you & me both, the Art & Antiques Fair ‘s-Hertogenbosch has just gotten underway. It runs from April 11 – 20, 2008 which means I’ve another week to convince my husband to return with me to close a few Antiques Diva sales! But you’ll be reading about that later this week as I list my 10 favorite dealers at AF’s-H! In the meantime, make time to attend this sensational antiques show held at the Brabanthallen in Den Bosch!
By the way, you’ll also get to benefit from my presentation to The Pickwick Ladies as they’ve given me a list of questions they’d like me to answer this month in a short blog series called “Pickwick Express”.
Stay tuned for more Diva Details,
The Antiques Diva™