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Antiques Buying Trip Day 11: Chateau Tour

On our last day of the Antiques Buying Trip, Greg and I had finished everything we needed to do, so we headed to southern Belgium to visit the Chateau de Lavaux-Sainte-Anne.  The lovely chateau dates to 1450 and has several rooms decorated in period furnishings from the 17th century.  Although it’s somewhat of a “busman’s holiday”, we enjoy visiting historical home museums to see antique furniture.

After touring the Chateau de Lavaux-Sainte-Anne (which also had a rather creepy taxidermy museum!), we stopped in Dinant, a very charming city on the river Meuse.  The onion-domed cathedral is very beautiful, but the highlight of the town is the Fortress-Citadel high up on a mountain overlooking the river.  The fortress was begun in 1040 and has had quite an interesting and varied history.  As you can imagine, any military leader would be interested in taking such a strategic position, and as such it was taken by Henry II, Charles the Bold, Louis XIV, and played a role in both World War I and II.  Dinant was also famous during the Middle Ages for its fine brass metalware, called dinanderie.  Unfortunately, 800 metalworkers were thrown off the fortress by Charles the Bold in 1466, which lead to the loss of expertise in this craft.

Tune in to our next Antiques Buying Trip video to see the end of the tour!

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Antiques Buying Trip Day 10: WWII Nazi Camp

Greg and I are history buffs, so we always look forward to doing a little sightseeing at the end of our Antiques Buying Trips in Europe.  We are especially interested in World War II historical sites, as both of our grandfathers landed on the beaches in Normandy.  Although we’ve visited quite a few WWII Nazi concentration camps, the Nazi work camp in Breendonk, Belgium, may be the most horrendous that we’ve seen.

What makes this Nazi concentration camp in Breendonk so harrowing is that it is so completely intact.  Many concentration camps in Germany were at least in part destroyed immediately after WWII, but this camp seems as if the Germans just left a few hours ago.  The Nazi mural painted on the wall in the cafeteria is still there.  The three-tier bunks are still there, where 50 men per room were housed together in damp and freezing conditions.  The gallows, firing range, and SS torture chamber are still, hauntingly, there.

Breendonk is considered one of the worst Nazi camps in all of Europe, as the conditions there were so incredibly harsh and cruel.  There was a great pit in the middle of the camp where prisoners were allowed to relieve themselves, all at the same time, only twice per day. The prisoners were allowed five minutes to take care of business, but most left after less than a minute for fear of beatings and torture from the guards.  The prisoners had to survive on starvation rations while doing forced hard labor for eight to twelve hours per day.  Less than 10% of the 4,000 inmates that were brought to Breendonk survived the war.

While it is very disturbing to visit Nazi concentration camps, it is also a very moving, emotional experience.  World War II is part of our collective world history, and it’s something we think everyone should experience at least once.

Stay tuned for our next Antiques Buying Trip video, as we’ll visit a chateau filled with antique furniture before heading back to the US.

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Antiques Buying Trip Day 9: Brewery Tour!

Many folks are curious about where we stay when we travel to Europe.  For this Antiques Buying trip, we decided to try out a 15th century brewery that has a hotel attached, called Hotel Carolus. 

Back in 1471, a group of women lived together and did good works (known as Beguines – similar to nuns but not exactly), including taking care of the sick in a hospital.  They brewed beer on this site as a healthier alternative to the local water supply and also as a form of medicine.  The Gouden Carolus brewery offers a tour, which ends with free tastings of their award winning beers!

We greatly enjoyed our stay at Hotel Carolus in Mechelen, Belgium and give it two thumbs way up!  Next time you’re in the area, you should stop in and have a Gouden Carolus Classic, which has won quite a few awards, including the World’s Best Dark Ale in the Abbey/Trappist division in 2010.

Now that we’ve finished up our work for the container, we have some free time to enjoy a bit of sight-seeing.  If you enjoy World War II history, be sure to tune in to our next video.

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Antiques Buying Trip Day 8: Gas Up

After a week driving across Europe visiting antique markets and wholesale dealers, we’ve finished buying a wonderful selection of antique furniture, chairs, and vintage chandeliers.  We’ll still visit another indoor market to focus on smaller decorative items, such as Blue Delft ceramics, vintage chalkware and enamelware, and antique religious treasures.  However, as we no longer need the large van to pick up furniture, we’ll trade it for a smaller car.  We stop to fill up the gas tank and discuss the price of diesel gas in Europe – which is actually cheaper than regular gas.  If you hate the cost of filling up your gas tank in the US, wait until you see the prices in Europe!

Now don’t you feel better about filling up here in the US?  Not really?  Oh well, I tried.  Be sure to come back for the next episode of the Antiques Buying Trip video series as we’re going to take a tour of a 15th century brewery!

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Antiques Buying Trip Day 7: Meet Mishka!

After a week in Europe, Greg and I met Mishka, a very friendly and helpful French bulldog.  We love animals – in fact all five of our fuzzy children were rescued, so we always enjoy making new fuzzy friends.  As you know, we spend a good deal of time loading the van during our Antiques Buying trips, so it was very nice of Mishka to help us load the van!

Did you know that a portion of all sales at EuroLux Antiques is donated to help save homeless pets?  EuroLux Antiques supports Pets, Inc., a local no-kill shelter in Columbia, South Carolina.  Adopt a shelter animal today and you’ll have a buddy for life!

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Antiques Buying Trip Day 5: Snow Blizzard

We weren’t expecting snow in March, but we ended up driving through a snow blizzard in the French countryside on the fifth day of the Antiques Buying trip.  After taking care of business for EuroLuxAntiques.com in the hotel room in the morning, we headed out with a few flakes coming down.  By later in the afternoon, a good five inches of snow had fallen – I guess I should say nearly 13 centimeters since the Europeans are on the metric system.  It’s a good thing we weren’t planning to go to outdoor street markets that day.

Did you bring your gloves and scarf?  You’ll need them today!  Thanks again for coming along on the buying trip – stay tuned for the next episode as we still need more chandeliers!

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Antiques Buying Trip Day 3: Gummi Couture

Sometimes when I’m tired, I get a little silly.  On the third day of our Antiques Buying Trip in Europe, I believe jet-lag was catching up with us, as evidenced by my explanation of gummi bear couture.  Despite the long days, I hope you’re still along for the ride as we search the French and Belgian countryside looking for wonderful antique furniture and vintage lighting to bring back to EuroLux Antiques.

Care for a handful of gummi bears?  I’ll gladly share.  I don’t eat them very often in the US, but I love to partake in my secret indulgence on European antiques buying trips!

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Antiques Buying Trip Day 2: Join us for Lunch!

Most of our customers volunteer to come on our antiques buying trips, so we thought we’d bring you along on our most recent trip to France and Belgium to stock up on antique furniture and vintage lighting.

We’ve stopped at the grocery store and are now enjoying lunch in the van – won’t you join us?

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Antiques Buying Trip Day 1: Picking up the Van

Thanks for joining us on our Antiques Buying Trip in Europe!  If you watched the last video, you know that we’ve landed in Brussels, Belgium.  Next, Greg will tell you about picking up a great, big van that we’ll use to drive across Belgium and France in order to find beautiful French Antique Furniture.

Our itinerary and the places we choose to go always depend on what types of inventory we’re looking for on a particular buying trip.  For this trip, we’re looking for a great many vintage chandeliers, as we have nearly sold out of our stock of vintage lighting.  We’ll also be looking for sets of antique dining chairs, vintage secretary desks, antique sideboards and servers, and of course, any other awesome piece that we find along the way.  For this trip, we’ve planned to spend a good portion of our time in Belgium and will also cross the border into northern France.

So jump in the van, I’ll slide over so there’s room for you too, and let’s go buy some antique furniture!

 

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