Simply Sam Trading - Antiques.Brocante.Gifts

We stock a variety of vintage, antique and hand-crafted items. Available on our web store or select antiques and beautiful 'proudly South African' hand-made Gift items on sale or to view at VinLee Art Gallery Hilton College Road, Natal Midlands. Hilton off-ramp, N3, Kwazulu Natal

Sunday, April 29, 2012

We're off to Paris ...

I'm counting down the days as we plan our buying trip to Paris ...

I can hardly contain my excitement at our forth coming trip to Il France, Paris. Our tickets are booked and so is our accommodation. All that's needed now is to pack a few things in a small suitcase and put this suitcase into a huge empty one, so I have space to bring back all those lovely vintage goodies.

When deciding where to stay, because Paris is such a huge city, you need to plot the markets you plan to visit on a map and make your decision from there. We have chosen to stay in an apartment, mainly to cut the high costs of hotels, but also because we wanted a truly French experience, and to see how the Parisians really live. Some of the apartments leave little space for your suitcase, they are so small, but that said, one could get some wonderful space saving ideas.

Our apartment is moments from Le Louvre and the river Seine. We have a whopping fifty square meters in a 17th Century building and a real bed. I say that because I noticed when looking, that many apartments have sofa beds or 'cupboard' beds, where the bed actually folds away in the day time into a cupboard. I've checked we have a proper shower too, as i've also heard some showers are almost over the toilet, making for a bit of a tight squeeze.

My husband bought 'Paris: Made by Hand' by Pia Jan Bijkerk which contains fifty shops where decorators, designers and stylists source their chic and unique items. Its a travel guide of a different kind, and I have already started to plot my favourite choices to ensure we don't miss a single thing.
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Follow me on my journey and I'll fill you in on all the lovely places, antiques, food etc...

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Els Amics Restaurant Fort Nottingham Natal Midlands

I received another phone call from someone today at our shop, looking for the telephone number of Els Amics Restaurant which is next door to us, so I thought I would officially give their number out here 0824870922
Our copper wires were stolen, as it is in many areas across the world, so many are without land lines, (unless, like us, you have your land line re-directed via the internet) and unfortunately for Els Amics, this is seriously affecting their business. It's easy via the Yellow Pages to get a land line number, but not always that easy to get a cell phone number. 
Happy eating!