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Have a Safe and Fun Filled Labor Day Weekend!

Wishing everyone a happy Labor Day weekend. Relics will be open on Saturday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, but closed on Sunday and Monday. Our fall/winter hours start on Tuesday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

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We're Back!

After walking 252,000 steps (126 miles) all over Italy, Belgium and France we’re back! We brought a few small treasures home with us on the plane. The rest of the goodies will arrive in October. It’s great to be home! 

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Having dinner at Les Ombres, near the Eiffle Tower.

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Yesterday's fantastic lunch of smoked duck with olives, tomatoes, lettuce and peppers in the beautiful village of Opped Vieux.

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Spent this afternoon in Oppede, a peaceful hill town before catching the train to Paris.

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Our lunch time view today

Having lunch in Oppede today while our loaded truck is on its way to the warehouse.

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It's so nice to see Tasha, our little westie, enjoying herself while we are gone...it gives us peace of mind!

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Our favorite find of the day...

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Mmm...L'assiette Provencale Alfresco.

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Madonna Sculptures

Sculptures of the madonna like this one are mounted to building exteriors all around Antwerp, Belgium. We learned today after the reformation and the protestants were chased out, Spain encouraged Antwerp to become an example city of catholicism. Building owners with exterior lighting paid a tax for the light, unless their light illuminated a madonna sculpture. As a result, there were thousands of madonna sculptures at one point. 

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A gorgeous painting that we are dreaming about...sigh.

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Find of the day

Check out this bluestone shower pan. What an awesome outdoor shower this is going to make!

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Vacation is Over

It's been another world on this trip and have met many people and had a lot of fun. Vacation is over and tomorrow we hit the ground running in Belgium. Here at are a few shots from the past couple of days.

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"The Last Supper" by Leonardo da Vinci

We had the district privilege of viewing one of the great masterpieces of Leonardo da Vinci today, The Last Supper. Truly a special experience and an honor to see it in person.

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Then we toured the inside of the Duomo In Milan.

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View high above Lake Como.

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Sightseeing Tour of Lake Como

Sight seeing tour of Lake Como, featuring the beautiful Villa del Balbianello.

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Visit to Switzerland

We toured Bellinzona in Canton Ticino and Lake Lugano in Switzerland. The castle is from the 14th century.

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Lake Como View

The view from the balcony of the villa we are staying at in Lake Como. It's going to be a hard place to leave!

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We Made it to Milan!

After an unexpected seven hour layover yesterday in the Atlanta Airport, we finally made it to Milan. The Duomo was breathtaking and my octopus salad tasty! On to Lake Como tomorrow to be with our dear friends at the villa they rented on the lake. Viva Italia!!!!!

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We're off on our summer buying trip!

First stop is Milan for a day and then Lake Como, which promises to be breathtaking. We will finish up in Belgium and France. Follow along as we post about our adventures!

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