One of the great things about living in Las Vegas is that the city is an international hub for flights to and from just about anywhere you can imagine. And now, nearly every day of the week, you can catch a direct flight to London from Vegas. The entire journey is about ten hours and most of that you can spend sleeping as you’re whisked over land and sea to another part of the world.
London is truly an antique lover’s dream. The city itself is peppered with buildings, parks, museums and artwork that are
almost twice as old as America. By comparison Las Vegas’s paltry one-hundred year existence is a drop in the well compared to London’s epic past, which stretches as far back as the 1st century. With such a long history it is no surprise that London has become a mecca for antique dealers and collectors alike.
A few years ago I wrote an article for Boulevards Las Vegas magazine about hopping a direct flight to London for an extravagant getaway. In that piece I made the bold assertion that the most wonderful part of being in London was its proximity to Paris. Oh yes. And if there were ever another place in the world where an antique collector would be in hog heaven, it’s Paris.
But the true draw of Paris for me is the antiquing.
There are antique shops all over Paris but the Left Bank houses a hive of shops that you could spend days exploring. Some of them can look rather grand and intimidating from the outside but these wonderful shops are run by same sort of passionate, often quirky, people who devote their lives to the trade here at home. And just like London, the prices run the gamut. I was shocked the first time I stepped into a Parisian antique shop and was told the early 19th-century hand painted fan I was admiring was less than $200!
London and Paris aren’t just bucket list destinations, they’re right there just a flight away waiting to share their antique treasures with whoever goes looking for them. In this day and age of the internet and cell phones antiquing in another country is easier than it’s ever been. And for us who live here in Las Vegas, we have the added benefit of being close to a major airport that offers direct flights. If you haven’t made the trip yet I hope you do. You’ll thank yourself for it later.
For more information about traveling from Las Vegas to London with a side trip to Paris visit your travel agent or your favorite online travel booking site.