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We TRAVELED TOGETHER with Fellow Miniaturists to
SPAIN!
November 20 - December 01, 2013

A great time was had by all!

Be watching for future tour announcements!




2-night stay at Parador de Aiguablava

Madrid - Toledo - Girona - Barcelona

Tom Bishop Madrid Show
with over 130 dealers and artisans

Visit to the home and studio of
Francisco del Pozo Parés

and so much more!



YOUR TOUR ITINERARY:

20 Nov, Wed
For those of you living in North America, you will need to arrange your flight to depart today, in order to arrive in MADRID, SPAIN, on Thursday morning, November 21st. If you would like assistance in arranging your air travel please call Northwood Travel at 800-780-0571 or email them at info@northwoodtravel.com

21 Nov Thu
Upon your arrival at MADRID AIRPORT, there is a 24-hr Airport Express Shuttle that departs every 15m from each arrival terminal and the fare is only 5€ per person. The first stop will be just 200m from the HOTEL CONVENCIÓN, our home for the next 5 nights and the location of the Madrid Bishop Show. Our WELCOME DINNER this evening will be at the hotel.

22 Nov Fri
A PANORAMIC TOUR OF MADRID will familiarize you with the many sites of the city so that you can plan your free time to visit the places you are most interested in. We are also working on a possible visit to see a private collection and/or artisan in the Madrid area and we will post the information once the visit has been confirmed. As is always the case, the artisans are focused on being at the show and are hesitant to add anything more to their busy schedule. As for private collections, Mª Lourdes Areal of LXL (IGMA member and collector) writes: You must have in mind that this hobby is rather new for us, not being so long established as in some other countries like England and Germany. Sunny weather doesn't keep us at home very much!

23 & 24 Nov Sat & Sun
With over 35 years experience and having produced more than 450 shows worldwide, Tom Bishop Productions will be holding their 14TH ANNUAL FALL BISHOP SHOW IN MADRID this weekend. With two-thirds of the 130-140 dealers and artisans being from Spain, this will be your best chance to add Spanish artisan pieces to your collection. Your tour price includes the special collector's hours on Saturday morning and the general admission for 2 days.

25 Nov Mon
We drive south this morning to the city of TOLEDO, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986 for its extensive cultural and monumental heritage as one of the former capitals of the Spanish Empire. Toledo sits atop a granite hill surrounded on three sides by a gorge of the Tagus River and the city's general aspect has changed little since El Greco painted his famous View of Toledo. Historically and culturally it is one of the most important cities of Spain. Many famous people and artists were born or have lived in Toledo, including Al-Zarqali, Garcilaso de la Vega, Eleanor of Toledo, Alfonso X and El Greco.

In addition to a PANORAMIC TOUR OF TOLEDO, we will visit the 13th-century cathedral, the former imperial residence, Alcázar and other points of interest in the city. A GROUP DINNER will be at the hotel this evening.

26 Nov Tue
Our day begins with a transfer to Madrid's Puerta De Atocha rail station. We'll travel on the AVE HIGH-SPEED LINE for the approximate 3-hour excursion to Barcelona. Upon our arrival at the Barcelona Sants Station, we board our motor coach for the drive north, to BEGUR IN THE GIRONA PROVINCE OF CATALONIA. We will be staying at the PARADOR DE AIGUABLAVA, a hotel situated in the unique Punta D'es Muts enclave on the rugged Costa Brava coastline. Surrounded by pine trees and overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, the parador affords some of the best views of the area's beaches and coves. DINNER this evening will be at the parador.

27 Nov Wed
After a leisurely morning at the parador we will travel approximately one hour north to the town of FIGUERES. In addition to strolling through the open-air pedestrian shopping streets of Old Town, we will have a group visit to the Toy Museum of Catalonia. If time permits, you may want to visit the Salvador Dali Museum on your own.

THE TOY MUSEUM OF CATALONIA has exhibits that include over 4.000 items: animated life forms, miniature theatre sets, cardboard animals and horses, kitchens, balls, spinning tops, planes, cars, trains, dolls, puppets, magic tricks, games for the blind, disguises, cut-outs, barrel organs, soldiers, robots, steam engines, teddy bears, tricycles, scooters, etc. Some of the toys belonged to personalities such as Anna Maria and Salvador Dalí, Federico García Lorca, Joan Miró, Frederic Amat, and others.

Figueres is the birthplace of artist Salvador Dalí and home to the Teatre-Museu Gala Salvador Dalí, a large museum designed by Dalí himself. It houses the single largest and most diverse collection of works by Dalí, and includes a small selection of works by other artists that Dalí himself collected, ranging from El Greco to Marcel Duchamp.

A big thank you to Charlotte Stokoe, organizer of the Kensington Dollshouse Festival,
for recommending that we contact the following artisan...sure to be a highlight of the tour!

FRANCISCO DEL POZO PARÉS is an architect and a building engineer (known in Spain as a technical architect), by trade. Ever since he studied at the Polithecnic University of Catalonia, he has been very fond of making things to scale. Five years ago, almost by chance, he started to build a house combining his experience as an architect and the traditions of dollhouses. He wanted a miniature house that was a miniature itself and not the mere excuse to fill it with other miniatures and so he built it to be as realistic and attractive as possible, in addition to making it useable as a dollhouse. Francisco writes "…and what I started half joking and half serious has caught me till today". His hobbies are growing organic vegetables and collecting opera recordings that he plays while working on his miniature projects.

The houses are built around a fixed wooden structure upon which each room is assembled in a drawer system. The rooms are entirely interior decorated according to customary models for buildings of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and incorporate the electrical installation on the outside, which remains hidden by fitting it into the structure. In such a way, all the walls may be seen, even the common dividing walls. The work is carried out entirely as a craft, and the techniques and finishes are selected so as to match reality as far as possible, and, where scale permits, the same materials are used. The result is a construction in that the spaces are proportionate and distributed in an organized way in order to gain perspectives unknown in this type of miniatures.

Francisco has graciously invited us to his
ANCIENT COUNTRY HOME
AND WORKSHOP IN PALAU-SATOR
to be his guests
for a light
EVENING MEAL and to learn about his work in miniature! See American Miniaturist nº 94 (Feb 2011) and a tutorial in nº 109 (May 2012). Photos of Francisco's amazing projects may be seen at each of the following links:
http://www.artmajeur.com/miniarquitect
http://www.miniarquitect.com
http://www.artquid.com/artist/miniarquitect/miniarquitect.html

28 Nov Thu
This morning we drive to BARCELONA, the capital of Catalonia and the second largest city in Spain, after Madrid.

DRAP MINIATURES is located in the Barri Gothic Quarter of the city. The shop carries hand-made pieces by Spanish artisans and they stock a wide range of miniatures…from food to furniture, with many pieces being hand-made and hand painted. The owners Paco and Alex have kindly offered to feature artisan CILLA HALBERT during our visit today. Cilla made and sold her first miniature crystal chandelier in 1990. Between 1991 and 2004 she ran the shop in Stockholm, Sweden before moving to Barcelona in 2010. Cilla has been exhibiting at miniature shows in Europe and the U.S. since 1992, but has cut back on traveling the last few years and now focuses on the shows in London, her native Sweden, and Spain. In the U.S., Cilla has exhibited her work at the IGMA show in New Jersey, as well as at the Tom Bishop shows in Anaheim, Atlanta, Chicago and Fort Lauderdale and specializes in miniature lighting, but also makes mirrors and furniture, using vintage and antique materials to help create a timeless feel, thereby making each item unique. http://www.minst.com

Just a short walk from DRAP is Las Ramblas, one of Europe's most famous people-watching pedestrian streets. Las Ramblas runs through the heart of the Old City from the Plaza Catalunya down to the Harbor. Located at 109 Las Ramblas is HOTEL 1898, an oasis of calm and comfort right in the heart of Barcelona! Built in the late 1800's the hotel was the former palace of the Marquess of Comillas and has recently been restored to its historical splendor. It features 19th century architectural elements with all the luxuries and sophistication of the 21st century.

The FLAMENCO SHOW AT TABLAO CORDOBES is known for having talented young artists. A specially formed foundation ensures that the artistic levels of their performances are among the best that Spain's flamenco scene has to offer. In addition to the show, we'll enjoy a 3-course DINNER buffet this evening that offers over 60 homemade items to choose from.
29 Nov Fri
CATALUNYA EN MINIATURA is an outdoor park with more than 150 models of Catalonia's most famous landmarks, monuments and cultural icons. In 2012 the models were refurbished and updated by the on-site craftsmen. We have arranged for a tour of the workshops to see how the buildings are constructed and decorated. The scale models highlight the most outstanding works of art of the Romanesque and Gothic architecture of Catalonia and the complete works of the prominent architect and figurehead of Catalan modernism, Antoni Gaudí.

Upon our return to Barcelona, A PANORAMIC TOUR OF THE CITY will acquaint you with the major sites of the city, which will also include some of the more famous life-size works of Gaudí. Between 1984 and 2005, seven of his works were declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO and his masterpiece, the still-uncompleted Sagrada Família, is one of the most visited monuments in Spain.

30 Nov Sat
You will have the entire day to EXPLORE BARCELONA. The location of our hotel will enable you to walk to many of the most interesting areas of the city. In addition to the nearby Gothic Quarter with its famous cathedral, the Ribera district (a.k.a. "El Born") is where you will find the Picasso Museum and the Church of Santa Maria del Mar. Other options are to take a stroll down to the bustling harbor front or visit one or more of the many museums in the city. Our FAREWELL DINNER this evening will be at the Hotel 1898.

01 Dec Sun
You will be transferred this morning to the BARCELONA AIRPORT for your flights home. There will be one group transfer that will have everyone at the airport in time for flights that depart 9:30am or later.

Your tour includes:
ALL hotels
ALL breakfasts & 6 dinners
ALL group tours & activities
ALL group ground transportation in Spain
2-day admission to the Tom Bishop Madrid Show, including Special Collectors Hours
Admission to the Toy Musuem and Catalunya en Miniatura
Luggage handling at hotels & train stations, when available
Escorted by a professional tour leader
Plenty of free time to explore and shop in each of the cities we visit!

Tour Price:
$ 3597 per person, double occupancy
$ 793 single supplement
(Does not include any air travel)

To fully enjoy this tour: Madrid, Toledo and Barcelona are cities that are best experienced by walking. In order to fully enjoy this trip you will need to be able to walk distances of up to 5 city blocks at any one time, and at a moderate pace. In addition to cobblestones and uneven walkways, you may also need to climb several flights of stairs. Please be sure to read over our Terms and Conditions and then if you have any questions about your ability to join the tour, please give our office a call and we will be happy to discuss this with you, in more detail.

When traveling by train from Madrid to Barcelona, your one suitcase will need to be taken onto the passenger car and stowed in a rack. We have been assured that porters are easily available once we arrive at the stations, but it is not something we can book in advance and guarantee. Your tour escort will make every effort to secure porters, but you need to be prepared to handle your own suitcase in the unlikely event that porters are not available for everyone.

In order to plan your free time wisely and learn more about specific places along the tour that interest you, we recommend that you purchase one of the following travel guides: Frommer's, Foder's, Rick Steves', or DK Eyewitness. Be sure that the guide you select has a food translation section for when you are ordering meals on your own.

Please be sure to print and read the 2013 Tour Terms & Conditions

Print and mail in the completed Tour Registration Form along with your deposit.

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A great time was had by all!

Fellow Miniaturists traveled to London & Ireland in 2012....
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May 09-Wed, 2012
For those of you living in North America, you will need to arrange your flight to depart today, in order to arrive in London England, on Thursday morning, May 10th.

In order to plan your free time wisely and learn more about specific places along the tour that interest you, we recommend that you purchase one of the following travel guides: Frommer’s, Foder’s, Rick Steves’, or DK Eyewitness.

May 10-Thu
Be one of the first 15 people to register for this miniature tour in order to be included in the SPECIAL EVENT this afternoon! You will have the opportunity to visit the PRIVATE COLLECTION OF CAROLINE HAMILTON, one of the founders of The Kensington Dollshouse Festival (formerly the London Dollshouse Festival) and see Robert Dawson at work in his MODELROOM STUDIO! We will be leaving the Kensington Close Hotel at 1:30pm. When it comes time to make air arrangements, you will need to be sure that you have plenty of time to clear London customs and get from the airport to the hotel in time for this 1:30pm departure.Our hotel in LONDON will be the KENSINGTON CLOSE HOTEL AND SPA. The hotel will have just completed a £40m renovation and is located within walking distance of the Kensington Town Hall, home to the Kensington Dollshouse Festival. You can easily transfer to the hotel via the Gatwick Airport Express or Heathrow Airport Express. The cost for either train to London is approximately £18 and will bring you within a few miles of our hotel, at which point you can get a cab directly to the front door of the hotel. Contact Traveling Together if you would like to arrive in London a day early and stay at the Kensington Close Hotel. Because our stay in London is limited, you may want to have additional time to tour London and explore some of the many sights that this historic city has to offer. If you would like assistance in arranging your air travel please call Northwood Travel at 800-780-0571or email them at info@northwoodtravel.com

Our WELCOME DINNER will be this evening at our hotel.

May 11-Fri
Today you will be on your own to see some of the SIGHTS OF LONDON! Whether you decide to take the Hop On, Hop Off touring bus, visit Harrod’s, ride the London Eye, take in one of the many famous museums, or attend the first day of the Kensington Dollshouse Festival, you are sure to enjoy this wonderful city! Show hours today are 12-6pm and a 2-day pass is included in the price of your tour.

May 12-Sat
Established in 1985 by Caroline Hamilton & Sue Atkinson, THE KENSINGTON DOLLSHOUSE FESTIVAL (formerly the London Dollshouse Festival), has become one of the top international shows for quality dolls' houses, miniatures & models. There are 175+ craftsmen exhibiting, many of which come from abroad and all of whom make the items they sell themselves. In fact 95% of all the items for sale are hand made. In 2005, Charlotte Stokoe took over the organization of the Festival, and has introduced other events alongside the main show, including workshops with some of the most established names in miniatures. Kensington Dollshouse Festival You’ll have from 10am until 5pm to attend today’s show!

May 13-Sun
HEVER CASTLE dates back to 1270 when the massive gatehouse, the outer wall and the moat were constructed. In the early 1500s the Bullen family bought the castle and added a Tudor dwelling within the walls and so it became the childhood home of its most famous inhabitant, Anne Boleyn. It later passed into the ownership of Henry’s fourth wife, Anne of Cleves. From 1557 onwards the Castle was owned by a number of families including the Waldegraves, the Humfreys and the Meade Waldos. Finally, in 1903, William Waldorf Astor invested time, money and imagination in restoring the Castle, building the ’Tudor Village’ and creating the gardens and lake. Although there will be time to visit the castle and gardens, our main focus will be the MINIATURE MODEL HOUSES EXHIBIT. This is a display of miniature houses created by internationally recognized artisan John Hodgson and a collection of such significance that a separate building was constructed to house it. You will want to have your main meal of the day at one of the eateries on the castle grounds before we board our motorcoach for the trip to London Gatwick Airport.

Our early evening flight will take us to DUBLIN, IRELAND. Located on Drury Street and within a few minutes walk of Dublin's famed Grafton Street, Dublin Castle and Trinity College, is the BROOKS HOTEL DUBLIN CITY. The hotel has recently undergone a full makeover and is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. The oak-paneled drawing room is a restful oasis for a cup of tea or a glass of sherry while you peruse the Irish Times.


The Ha'penny Bridge, Dublin’s oldest pedestrian bridge crossing the River Liffy.

May 14-Mon
DUBLIN is the Capital of Ireland. Nestled between Dublin Bay and the surrounding hills, the city is as sophisticated as a metropolis, but still remains as intimate as a village. Medieval, Georgian and modern architecture provide a back-drop to a friendly, bustling port. Our PANORAMIC CITY TOUR will acquaint you with the highlights of the city, including Trinity College (home of the Book of Kells) and Dublin Castle, just to name a few! You will have the remainder of the day to explore on your own.

May 15-Tue
Powerscourt House in County Wicklow is the new home to TARA'S PALACE, MUSEUM OF CHILDHOOD. Tara's Palace is a small registered charity dedicated to helping the children of Ireland. The centre piece of the Museum is Tara's Palace, one of the greatest dolls palaces in the world which is displayed together with a collection of historic dolls houses, toys and childhood bygones. Tara’s 22 room Palace has been meticulously constructed by some of Ireland’s finest craftsmen and has taken over two decades to complete. Designed and built to one-twelfth scale it encapsulates the grandeur and elegance of Ireland’s three great 18th Century Mansions, Castletown House, Leinster House and Carton House.

The structure was built by Tommy Clancy, Paul Geoghegan, Con Lee and Michael Walton. Paintings by leading Irish Artists, including Tom Ryan R.H.A. and miniature furnishing masterpieces by Fred Early, Paul Geoghegan, Michael Walton, John Hodgson, Alan McKirdy and others adorn the State Rooms and private apartments. The magnificent marble Cantilever staircase is by Christopher O’Neill & Sons, while rare examples of glass, porcelain, silver and ivory in miniature have been collected from around the world. The Palace is the centre piece and is augmented and supported by a collection of historic dolls houses including “Portabello”, circa 1700, possibly the earliest surviving dolls house in Ireland or the UK acquired from the collection of the international authority on such houses, Vivien Greene, together with a Dolls House from the family of Lady Wilde (Oscar’s Mother), a very rare and small 18th century dolls house for use in a carriage to amuse children when travelling, and others in various styles and periods.

Mr. Matt McNulty, chairman of Tara’s Palace Trust, has been instrumental in helping us plan this visit. He and the trustees will make every effort to have some of the local artisans present during our visit.

One Irish artisan that will be joining us is JIM IRISH, from Waterford. A retired Waterford Crystal glasscutter, Jim is the only artisan in the world using the same old-world techniques to make miniature cut crystal and holds the record in the Guiness Book of World Records for the smallest piece of glass with the most number of cuts. Read about Jim in the December 2010 issue of Miniature Collector.

Upon our return to Dublin, you’ll have the rest of the afternoon free, prior to our GROUP DINNER this evening at our hotel.

May 16-Wed
This morning we head south to WATERFORD, famous for Waterford Crystal. The TOWER HOTEL is located on The Mall, central to the historical city center and within walking distance of the places we will be visiting today. Our tour begins with a visit to REGINALD’S TOWER, one of the most remarkable Viking buildings still in existence in Ireland. It has been restored and now houses an exhibition that tells the story of Waterford’s Viking heritage. Our next stop is the MUSEUM OF TREASURES, located in a converted 19th Century granary. The museum houses a unique exhibition that tells the story of Waterford City form its Viking origins to modern day. Our last stop on the tour is the new WATERFORD CRYSTAL FACTORY AND SHOWROOMS. Although most pieces of crystal are being produced in Waterford’s other factories throughout the world, we will have a tour of this new and smaller facility. You’ll have the opportunity to observe the glass cutters, before entering the showroom for some serious shopping!

In addition to a little shopping and time for lunch, we’ll also make a stop at IRISH HANDMADE GLASS to see former Waterford artisans making colored pieces of glass, before returning to the Tower Hotel in time for our GROUP DINNER.

JIM IRISH will be our guest for dinner this evening and he has graciously agreed to bring along some of his work for a private sale! Be sure to stop by and say hello to Jim when attending Philadelphia Miniatura in November 2011 and Tom Bishop’s Chicago International Show in 2012.
See Jim’s work at Swanhouseminiatures.com

May 17-Thu
Ireland is famous for its Blarney, and today we will visit the castle of the same name. Where else could you climb up several stories of stone steps, bend backwards over a ledge and kiss a stone with the promise that it will confer upon you, the gift of eloquence? After visiting BLARNEY CASTLE we will have plenty of time to visit the on-site flagship store of BLARNEY WOOLLEN MILLS. This 30,000 square foot retail store is housed in one of Ireland's oldest and most authentic Irish woollen mills, offering everything from small souvenirs to Belleek China and Waterford Crystal. This afternoon we will continue west to KILLARNEY, an area of Ireland that is renowned for its beautiful scenery. The charming Four-Star RANDLES COURT HOTEL will be our home for three nights. It is ideally located just a five minutes' walk from the noise and the bustle of Killarney Town Centre. Having recently undergone a €4.5 million face lift marking the 100th birthday of the original building, the hotel has the look and feel of a country manor house. DINNER THIS EVENING will be at our hotel.

May 18-Fri
Today we will experience County Kerry’s most outstanding scenery as we drive the RING OF KERRY. In addition to spectacular ocean views, we will be making stops along the way to visit a bog farm, sheep dog demonstration, and spots worthy of photo breaks, such as the Ladies View above the Upper Lake of Killarney National Park.

May 19-Sat
You will have the entire day to EXPLORE THE TOWN OF KILLARNEY. You may want to arrange a visit to Ross Castle or Muckross house, or hop on a jaunting car (horse and buggy) for a ride through the Killarney National Park and along the lakeside, being entertained by a story-telling jarvey who will reinforce the tales you’ve heard of the Irish and their blarney! Whether you would like to search for that perfect piece of Celtic jewelry or just shop for souvenirs to take home, you will enjoy browsing the many shops. It’s Saturday night and there is sure to be a place or two…or four, that will be offering traditional Irish music!

May 20-Sun
This morning we depart Killarney for a visit to BUNRATTY CASTLE, the most complete and authentically restored and furnished castle in Ireland. Bunratty’s strategic position on the river Shannon made it the center of many battles and it has been destroyed and re-built on four occasions. In addition to visiting the castle we will explore the adjacent BUNRATTY FOLK PARK, a living reconstruction of the homes and environment of Ireland of over a century ago. Rural farmhouses, village shops and streets are recreated and furnished as they would have appeared at that time. Just across the road is Bunratty Village, a cluster of shops in a 19th century village setting, ranging from specialty shops for Waterford and Tipperary Crystal, to multiple outlets such as Blarney Woolen Mills and Meadows & Byrne.

Our last stop on the tour is the PARK INN at Shannon Airport, located just steps away from the Arrivals and Departure Terminal of Shannon International Airport. Our FAREWELL DINNER will be tonight at the hotel

May 21-Mon
No matter what time you make arrangements to depart from SHANNON AIRPORT, it’s just a short walk over to the terminal to check-in for your flight home.
(see below)

Included in your tour:
All hotels
All breakfasts and 5 dinners, as noted in the itinerary
All group visits and activities
All ground transportation when traveling as a group
Luggage handling at hotels when available and when traveling as a group
Two-day admission to the Good Sam Show
Mini shopping and more!


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We had a fantastic Mini-adventure
see photos!

Fellow Miniaturists
Traveled Together
to...

T he 2011 GOOD SAM SHOW

Enjoyed lunch with FERD SOBOL at the home
of avid collector, Susan Chusid

Visited the home and studio of RIK PIERCE

Carmel’s Smallsea: A Metropolis in Miniature

Spent a day in San Francisco
A night at the famous Harris Ranch
Saw private collections, did lots of mini shopping, & much more!

Be sure to see Susan Chusid's Treasures in the December 2010 & January 2011
issues of American Miniaturist magazine!!

Added to the original tour:
We will be visiting Huntley House Miniatures Store. In addition to the many miniatures already at Huntley's, they have recently acquired the collection from the Stockton miniature store. You will see Don Silva’s houses and a huge, wonderful castle that Don has been building for the last two years. Barbara Jones assures me that just seeing the castle will be worth the trip!

Barbara is very excited about the quality of this year’s Good Sam Show dealers and she has
informed me that there are 2 from Spain, 2 or 3 from Germany, 2 from The Netherlands,
at least 2 from England, 1 from Japan, and several from Canada. Be sure to visit

Good Sam Show Dealer list

We have also added the private collection of IGMA Fellow Connie Sauve, artisan of fine porcelain miniature dolls. You can see her work at The China Doll

Your Tour Itinerary:
Oct 10-Mon

You will want to arrange your flights to arrive at Los Angeles International Airport. The LAX HILTON HOTEL is just a short shuttle bus ride from the airport and our home for the first two nights of the tour. If you arrive early in the day you will have time to take the Ocean Express Trolley to Manhattan Beach and the Manhattan Village Mall, prior to our WELCOME DINNER at the hotel.

Oct 11-Tue
This morning we drive to the home of SUSAN CHUSID, avid collector of fine treasures, many of which are miniatures. Susan has an extensive assortment of miniatures from well-known artisans, including many of Ferd Sobol’s pieces.

THE FERD SOBOL EDITIONS have been thrilling the most distinguished of collectors with their exquisite limited edition miniature furniture, for the past quarter of a century. American Miniaturist magazine has done a recent two-part article on The Ferd Sobol Editions (issues 89 and 90).
Sobol Editions

FERD AND HIS LOVELY WIFE MILLIE, are planning a special display of Ferd’s work and Susan has extended an invitation for us to join her for lunch…what a way to start the tour!

Our next visit will be to LARRIANNE’S SMALL WONDERS. Many of their pieces are designed and produced exclusively for Larrianne’s, in addition to being the exclusive retailer for Lori Ann Potts entire line of women’s and men’s finery and Laurie Estes women and children’s fine apparel.
Larriannes Small Wonders

Oct 12-Wed
This morning we depart Los Angeles and drive to the HOME AND STUDIO OF RIK PIERCE and his wife, Marcia, in Visalia.

Rik Pierce emerged as a premiere miniature artisan in 1999 when he displayed his castle “East of the Moon”. Since that time he has rapidly become the leading castle and fantasy structure creator of our time. Enter the world of Rik Pierce!! Frogmorton

Coalinga is home to the HARRIS RANCH, located mid-way between Los Angeles and San Francisco and our home for the night. A San Joaquin Valley landmark for over half a century, this legendary Ranch proudly features the finest beef on the West coast as well as a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and nut crops from its very own 18,000 acre farm. After DINNER AT THE RANCH RESTAURANT, we’ll enjoy a good night’s sleep in the hacienda-style inn.

Oct 13-Thu
Following a hearty breakfast at the ranch, we depart for SHELLIE’S MINIATURE MANIA in San Carlos. Known as the best dollhouse and miniatures shop in the San Francisco Bay area, you’ll find that owner Shellie Kazan specializes in Artisan miniatures, handmade dollhouse furniture, and handcrafted dollhouse miniatures. Shellies Minis

After DINNER AT A LOCAL RESTAURANT, we’ll continue on to the DOUBLE TREE SAN JOSE, venue for the Good Sam Show and our home for four nights.

Oct 14-Fri
On the agenda today is “The Golden Gate” city of SAN FRANCISCO! Wear your most comfortable shoes and be ready to explore the sights that interest you most. Whether you’d like to stroll through the Botanical Gardens, take a boat trip to Alcatraz, or just walk along the Embarcadero and have lunch at famous Fisherman’s Wharf, you’re sure to enjoy a full day in this exciting city!

Oct 15-Sat
Just step off the hotel elevator and you’ll arrive at the 36TH ANNUAL GOOD SAM SHOWCASE OF MINIATURES! Good Sam has the distinction of having the “Largest Sales and Exhibits of Dollhouse Miniatures west of the Mississippi”. You’ll have the whole day to browse and shop for those perfect minis to add to your collection! Take a peek at the 2010 dealer and artisan list at Good Sam
You’ll be sure to recognize many of these exhibitors!

A big thank you goes to BARBARA JONES, CHAIRMAN OF THE GOOD SAM SHOW, for all of her help in providing valuable information and introductions to the private collections and visits that are being offered on this tour!

Oct 16-Sun
CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA, located on the Pacific coast and situated on the Monterey Peninsula is known to most people as a town for its natural scenery and rich artistic history. But miniature enthusiasts now know it as the home to SMALLSEA: A METROPOLIS IN MINIATURE. Smallsea depicts the city center of a fictional city in Edwardian England circa 1900 to 1905. A population of over 1,000 miniature dolls goes about the daily routines of city life. More information about Diane and Howard Birnberg’s collection can be found at Smallsea

Oct 17-Mon
We depart San Jose this morning for HUNTLEY HOUSE MINIATURES and a visit to the home of CONNIE SUAVE, IGMA Fellow and china doll artisan. (See UPDATE at the beginning of this itinerary for more details.) There will be time for lunch on Stockton’s Miracle Mile, before continuing on to Sacramento, home to BARBARA TAPLIN’S ELEGANT DOLLHOUSE. Barbara has been at the same location for 31 years and offers a wide variety of artisan dollhouse miniatures and a full line of dollhouse supplies, along with a selection of antique miniatures and treasures. Elegant Dollhouse

At the end of the day we’ll check into the SACRAMENTO HILTON GARDEN INN.

Oct 18-Tue
Good Sam Show’s Barbara Jones and Debbie Young are helping to arrange this day of PRIVATE COLLECTIONS in the area surrounding Sacramento. It promises to be a great day for miniature enthusiasts!

We’ll enjoy a FAREWELL DINNER this evening, before returning to our rooms to pack for tomorrow’s flights home!

Oct 19-Wed
There will be a morning transfer to the SACRAMENTO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.

It’s time to go home, but what a great trip this has been! We’ve seen artisans and purchased minis, viewed collections and purchased minis, attended Good Sam and miniature stores and purchased maxi-minis…and we have great mini-memories to last a lifetime!

Included in your tour:
All hotels
All group visits and activities
All ground transportation when traveling as a group
One-day admission to the Good Sam Show
Luggage handling at hotels
Full breakfast each morning
Lunch at the home of Susan Chusid
Four dinners, as noted in the itinerary
Mini shopping and more!

 

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of our previous Miniature Tours

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Tours for Miniaturists and Miniature collectors to Williamsburg VA