Make the time to smell the roses

Roses in bloom in Villa La Angostura, Argentina, January 2, 2010

Roses in bloom in Villa La Angostura, Argentina, January 2, 2010

Life is short, so after working hard during the year, we make the time to smell the roses. And the roses are in bloom now in the Southern Hemisphere — Argentina in particular. It’s a beautiful, interesting country, where the dollar is still worth something, so we try to visit regularly.

On this particular trip, we got off to an interesting start when we arrived. Chelsea Clinton and her fiancé were on line with us for 1/2 hour while we waited at the airport in Buenos Aires to have our documents checked, so we had a chance to chat for a while. She’s really down to earth and lovely. They make a nice couple and we wish them the best.

That's the Perito Moreno glacier in the background.

That's the Perito Moreno glacier in the background.

I planned too hectic a trip, so we didn’t have enough time in each city, but we did get to visit El Calafate to see the glaciers, including the most famous one, Perito Moreno. You wouldn’t expect them to be blue, but they are, with some darker blues in some areas where the ice is more compact. We took an all day catamaran on Lago Argentino, for a beautiful day.

That's us, with family, in the mountains of Villa La Angostura, Argentina

That's us, with family, in the mountains of Villa La Angostura, Argentina

On to Patagonia to visit one of the more gorgeous parts of the earth — Villa La Angostura. It’s in the middle of beautiful mountains, lakes and streams. The air and water are clean. Just lovely to be there.

The Miami National Antiques Show, January 15-17, 2010.

The Miami National Antiques Show, January 15-17, 2010.

January starts a busy antiques season with shows in Miami and Miami Beach. The first, the Miami National Antiques Show, will be held from January 15-17 at the Doubletree Expo Centre, Miami Merchandise Mart, near the airport. It’s a beautiful show with important dealers. It’s also your opportunity to get first crack at the great items they’ll be bringing, before they go on the following week to exhibit at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

I’m taking a lot of time to add new items to my website. I’ve already listed new items under Gallé glass (including a blownout vase), Daum Nancy glass and Tiffany Studios glass. Soon I’ll be adding many Tiffany Studios desk pieces. Please take a look, as every day I’m adding more. Click on this link chasenantiques.com.

Please send me your suggestions or questions about art glass, lamps, Louis Icart, shows, auctions, etc. If it’s interesting, I’ll answer your question in a future blog entry.

Call or write and let me know what you would like to buy, sell, or trade. philchasen@gmail.com or 516-922-2090. And please visit my website. chasenantiques.com

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