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)

Frohe Ostern!

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Happy Easter Diva Readers,

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Hippity, hop, hop, hippity, hop, hop… Spring has sprung in Berlin just in time for Easter! Obviously Mother Nature knew that Easter is considered one of the most important events of the year in Deutschland – and brought out the sunshine to welcome the holiday with a sunny smile!

A walk down the Ku’damm is a delight at the moment bursting with Easter displays, yellow daffodils and chocolate bunnies tempting me with their brightly colored foiled packages! Did you know that many of the customs associated with Easter originated in Germany – including the use of decorated eggs as well as the Easter Bunny?

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In fact, this Easter my husband WG & I are mingling a montage of cultures. German/American friends The Pelikan Pen Guy and The Swiss Miss (along with The Little Swiss Miss) are in town this holiday weekend visiting us from their home in Zurich! Needless to say, we’re having a dashing good time! Today we hit the Berlin Trodelmarkt and I’ll soon be sharing some of our guest’s purchases with you in a special feature blog! But the culture connections continue from here – we first met these friends when we were all living in Paris years ago. So to commemorate the Paris Connection in Berlin we are doing Easter dinner at the French Restaurant Juliette in the German town of Potsdam. But the countries connection continues… this world-class restaurant lies in the center of the restored Hollandisches Viertel (Dutch Quarter) in Potsdam. The Dutch Quarter will remind us of when these same friends visited us on an Easter of yesteryear when we were living in Holland!

It’s a small world after all!

Frohe Ostern!
The Antiques Diva™ (and friends)

Photo taken at toffelkeller.com/” target=”_blank”>Kartoffelkeller restaurant in Berlin

To learn more about German Easter Traditions visit to-germany.com/easter-in-germany.html” target=”_blank”>Journey to Germany