La Crème de la Crème in Paris!

When seeking the best of the best in Paris, it means only one thing: ‘Vive la difference!’  Whether furnishing your ‘pied a terre’ or chasing a down a little ‘joie de vivre’ for yourself, here’s the breakdown on how to do it with that certain flair — or as they say, élan. Best Hotel- The Ritz…

Where is the best place to buy a diamond?

Europe has long since been a diamond mecca for both the importing and exporting of diamonds, as well as cutting and polishing. Two major centers for such activity are Antwerp in Belgium and Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Antwerp’s diamond district is also known as the Diamond Quarter (Diamantkwartier) or dubbed the Square Mile. Although it…

Where are Birkenstock’s made?

Birkenstocks have a long and colorful history that goes all the way back to 1774. Johann Adam Birkenstock, the original founder,  registered the brand as a “vassal and shoemaker” in local church archives in the small Hessian village of Langen-Bergheim. After World War II, the Birkenstock sandal became popular among soldiers because of the orthopedic…

The Best of London

Best Upscale Erotica Boutique- Coco de Mer in London. Known for its classic shapes and trendy lingerie. https://www.coco-de-mer.com/ World’s Swankiest Department Store- Harrod’s of Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7XL or see www.harrods.com. Complete with over 330 departments with everything from diamond studded tiaras to luxury golf carts and exotic tropical pets. Best Shopping –Oxford Street. Not only…

Who makes the best cutlery?

Although not many people think of cutlery when they think of souvenirs, Europe is actually a great place to buy some new additions to your kitchen cupboard. We’ve rounded up the best places to buy them: Sheffield, England — Sheffield is famous for its cutlery, with many families still creating high quality cutlery, knives and…

Who makes the best china?

Wedgwood – Note that Irish luxury goods manufacturer Waterford Wedgwood owns both companies. Wedgwood has been creating fine dinnerware since the 1700s, with many pieces becoming rare collectors items. See www.wedgwood.com Limoges – Limoges is a city in France that is known for its hard-paste porcelain, and has been creating stunning products since the 18th century.…

Who makes the best Crystal?

Swarovski  – Czech Republic/Austria (Bohemian). Founded in 1895, Swarovski is one of the most recognizable brands of crystals. See www.swarovski.com Baccarat – The Baccarat company was founded in 1764 after King Louis XV of France gave his blessing for a glassworks factory to start in the town of Baccarat in eastern France The Musee de Cristal…