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Diva-scovery: Rugen Island

Dear Diva Readers,

For my husband’s birthday in May we decided we needed to “get away from it all” but unfortunately we were both swamped with work at the time, barely having time to breath, and we simply couldn’t manage more than a weekend away. Looking for someplace nearby our home in Germany we googled the phrase “2 ½ hours from Berlin” and were intrigued by Rugen Island! Friday evening we hopped in the car and began driving north to our destination and by the time we returned home Sunday we felt we’d been gone a week. Two days on Rugen Island was just what the doctor ordered!

I must confess that though I’ve visited the beaches in Poland, Latvia and Estonia and been pleasantly surprised by the Baltic Beaches, I still had low expectations of the German Islands. Somehow Germany doesn’t make one think of Caribbean getaways, but we were swept away by a gorgeous weekend away in what is now our favorite place in Germany outside of Berlin! And with the sand in our toes we decided we actually liked Rugen better than the Caribbean because their boardwalks bore European shopping!

Naturally, with my nose for scouting out antique shops, I found a little shop not far from the beach!

In Germany, the beaches are beautifully maintained. Part of local beach culture involves renting not a lawn-chair and umbrella nor simply bringing your own towel to lay on, but instead renting a seat for the day in a “Strandkorb” – a roofed wicker beach chair.

The Strandkorbs were gorgeous as they lined the beach and I’ve started trying to determine if I could fit one of these on my balcony! At the very least, I think I must buy one as my souvenir before we move from Germany to our next home abroad!

In addition to the German beach chairs, I loved the Life Guard Stands which looked like something out of a science fiction movie!

Dining in Rugen Island was a fish revelation! We walked to the port and bought our lunch straight from the boat.

In addition to a sensational beach, the architecture was intriguing.

This building reminded me of the German-equivalent to South Beach, but most of the architecture had a more German feel.

All in all, it was the perfect weekend away, warranting this secluded spot in the Baltics as my Diva-scovery de Jour!

Until Next Time, Happy Reading!

The Antiques Diva™

Upcoming Paris Brocantes!

Dear Paris-Based Diva Readers,

This Weekend – Oct 17 & 18 – get out of the city! Leave Paris behind and head to Senlis and visit this small town’s “Salon des Antiquaires” near Paris at the Abbaye Royale de Chaalis –Fee of 3 Euro includes entrance to the brocante & abbey!

Another out-of-town event nearby Paris that might be interesting to art lovers is being held this weekend on the grounds of the infamous Foire Nationale à la Brocante et aux Jambons en l’île de Chatou – The Grand Marche d’Art Contemporain Oct 15-18, 2009

If staying in the city is more your style, visit Brocante de la place Maubert – Sunday, Nov 1.

And last but certainly not least, visit the Antiquites Brocante at the Place de la Bastille Nov 5 – 15, 2009! There’s still time to book a last minute Antiques Diva Tour! I think blogger Tara Bradford of Paris Parfait has the best pics of this sensational flea market! Check them out!

While we at Diva Tours like to keep you informed on what’s on in Paris, we also like to educate you so you can find the flea markets of Paris (and all of France for that matter) on your own. Whatever dates you’re in Paris, you can always look up to see what flea markets and antique fairs are being held in the city of light by visiting the Brocabrac website. For Paris events click region 75 and learn what the fleas have in store for you!

Happy Shopping,

The Antiques Diva™

Upcoming Antiques Fairs from Paris to New York

You’ve heard La Reine wax poetically about Paris’ popular Salon D’Antiquites Brocante at the Place de la Bastille in prior posts. Needless to say as soon as Joel Garcia sent an email telling their upcoming dates I knew that inquiring minds needed the scoop – so mark your calendars shoppers! Over 400 antiquaires et brocanteurs will set up shop this May following this year’s theme “L’EVASION…LES VOYAGES…LE LOINTAIN”.

Salon D’Antiquites et Brocante
Place de Bastille – Paris
7 – 17 May, 2009
Hours: 11am – 7pm daily
Admission: 8 Euro


Meanwhile, back on the other side of the pond, The Contessa has shared another diva-worthy tip: The Pier Show in New York City will be held this weekend for the last time until November 2009! You better come quick for this is a LAST MINUTE DIVA ANNOUNCEMENT!

The Pier Show – NYC
March 14 -15, 2009
New Hours: 10am – 6pm on BOTH DAYS
Admission – $15
Do Note: All exhibits will be held in ONE building – Pier 94, 12th Avenue @ 55th Street, NYC

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Stella Show’s shares some excellent tips for shoppers new to The Pier Show:

If you can’t be there early Saturday, come later…your Saturday admission includes a courtesy pass to return on Sunday.

– Pick up a show guide or just bring a pen to note where you want to go back to – it’s a big show, you think you’ll remember but it’s hard.

– Bring a shopping bag – there’s shipping for the big stuff but there are TONS of fab smalls at great prices. I think you’ll find something.

– Park in one of the neighborhood lots or on the street on Sunday (when you don’t have to feed the meters) instead of on the roof of the Piers – it’s cheaper… or if you came by cab take The Pier’s free shuttle back to midtown (runs every hour till 3 and then every half hour till closing.)

– Bring your measurements and paint chips – the furniture, art and textiles are incredible. I’m still kicking myself over the pink, yes pink, kitchen table that sold while I was seeing if it would fit.

– There’s an ATM and many dealers take checks and credit cards but cash is still king with antiques dealers. (The ATM has been known to run out of cash).

– Bring a friend and pick a place to meet before you go in – there is not a PA for folks who lose each other.

– It’s fun to just look too. Each booth has a different style and dealers come in from all over. It’s like going to 500 shops as different as Tiffany is from Target.

A Diva Reader Needs Your Help

A Diva Reader is Searching for a 1950’s Parfait Glass Like This:


Dear Diva Readers,

I’ve got a challenge for you. This weekend I received an email from an Antiques Diva Reader who inquired:

Dear Diva,


Do you, in your wisdom and with your keen eye, know if we can find a 1950’s parfait glass to replace one that is broken and is part of an art work? It has to be straight sided and exactly like the one in the photo (above photos show the broken stem), but do not worry about the color – it is paint. I do not know if you take inquiries but your website is intriguing.

Yours Truly,

Jane Foley
Liparini Art Restoration
Evanston IL

Can you help this reader? If so, leave a comment or email toma@antiquesdiva.com or go straight to Jane at jfcfoley@sbcglobal.net

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A little about The Litas Liparini Restoration Studio:

We are qualified and experienced conservators specializing in the treatment of objects, sculpture and paintings. We both trained in Europe and work for most of the museums in Chicago and many private collectors in Illinois, Michigan and Indiana.

We are based at 823 Main St, Evanston IL USA.

Jane Foley ACR, Sculpture & Monuments

Studio Owner and Paint Restoration – Inez Litas
If you’re in the area stop by and tell them The Antiques Diva™ sent you!

Last Minute Diva! Guest Blog – Bastille Brocante

This weekend I will be attending The Pier Antiques Show in NYC, but my heart will, as always, be in Paris. My 2nd favorite antiques show, the SALON D’ANTIQUITES BROCANTE PLACE DE LA BASTILLE, closes this weekend after 10 days. This indoor/outdoor antiques show at Bastille has always been a personal favorite, second only to the famous ham and flea market fair in Chatou. With over 400 dealers and everything from fine antiques to junk, it’s a shopper’s paradise. Plus, with the cold autumn weather, my favorite Vin Chaud* was always purchased at Bastille, usually accompanied by a merguez sandwich with mustard and fries.

Salon d’Antiques Brocante Place de la Bastille
Daily November 6-16
Paris, Place de la Bastille
11am – 7pm
8euros

At Bastille my favorite purchase was my first armoire, discovered at the Spring show, and leading to a 7 year association with the vendor, Monsieur and Madame Nakhechkerian (The business is listed in the wife’s name – Mme Florence Mallion-Nakhechkerian – contact +31.(0)1.60.66.15.73) who became one of my personal favorites (partly because I spoke with him only in French for the first 4 years I knew him, and then discovered he spoke English! He told me my French was fine, which, in the Spring of 1998, I assure you was NOT!) In addition to being so kind and patient with me during my first purchase from him, he invited us to his home in the country to see how it was restored, all the beautiful furnishings he and his wife had found and restored (he went into antiques restoration with his father-in-law, so it was a long-term, well-established business.) He visited our home several times to help us with our purchases: he modified one armoire so that it could easily hold our TV, but then be restored to original state; another armoire he added a coat bar so that it could serve as our entry coat closet. After a guest left a wet glass on our buffet and I got a restoration quote of 900 Euro from another restorer, he came by, pulled out his handy can of wood wax, painted over the spot and voila! The spot was gone. The name of his miracle furniture wax: Pate Duqay Rustique Moyen (my preferred shade) found at the Clingancourt flea markets, 92, rue des Rosiers.

Bon weekend a tous!
La Reine

*My favorite Bastille show “vin chaud” vendor shared his recipe with me! I now make it at home and enjoy it many times each autumn!

1 bottle of inexpensive, but drinkable, red wine
1 small plastic cup filled with granulated light brown sugar
1 small plastic cup filled with orange juice
1 cinnamon stick
Heat until bubbly, stirring well, serve and enjoy!
Bon Ap!

Last Minute Diva – Salon Authentique

Greetings Dutch Diva Readers,

I just wanted to write a quick blog to remind you about an upcoming fair in Holland which I told you about a few months ago! Should you not yet have plans this weekend, then pack up the car and take a drive to the country to visit Salon Authentique in Apeldoorn this April 17 – 20, 2008. More than 70 vendors from The Netherlands and Belgium will set up a lifestyle fair at The Paleis Het Loo, bringing you an assortment of art, antiques, interior design & decor. Should that not be enough to lure your husband out the door, perhaps the gourmet specialties or wine, whisky & cigar tasting will!

Have a Happy Weekend,

The Antiques Diva™

The One Minute Diva – Chicago Antiques Market and Kane County Flea Market Alert!

Roving Reporter La Reine is at it again, asking me to remind all you Chicago Chickies (or simply the Chicago bound) to mark your calendars for Oct 27 – 28, 2007 for the last Chicago Antiques Market of the season! Operating the last Sunday of the month from May – Oct, the CAM is an utterly diva-worthy attraction! Their motto, “New York has Chelsea, London has Portobello and Paris has Clingnancourt, finally Chicago has The Chicago Antiques Market”, has The Antiques Diva ™ considering hopping the next flight to O’hare simply so I can see in person how the CAM compares with these other “Big Boys of the Flea Marketing World”! I want to see why Travel and Leisure magazine calls The Chicago Antiques Market, “one of the top 3 urban flea markets in America.”

If you’re still in the mood for flea-marketing after going to the CAM, then consider the Kane County Flea Market in St. Charles, Illinois on Nov 3-4 or Dec 1-2 for some serious bargains. Should you enjoy your visit, then you’re in luck because this flea market is open year-round on the first weekend of the month. “Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat” will cause Kane County Flea Market to cancel a sale, for just like the US Postal Service, they promise to always deliver! Over 1000 vendors sell genuine antiques, cool vintage stuff and just plain junk!
While La Reine did hit the September CAM, she didn’t make the October dates at Kane County as she was in Palm Beach with Floridian things on her mind. But rumor has it that her mom, The Queen Mum, went to KC so perhaps she’ll regale my readers with a quick update of her purchases!

Until next time,
The Antiques Diva ™
and
Roving Reporter La Reine

(Seen here antique shopping together last winter in Amsterdam)

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