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This panachey purple room is in the Hotel Estherea in Amsterdam. It says, come in and stay a sumptuous while. Lushly gorgeous carpets. Artisanal crystal chandeliers. Tropical aquarium à la Finding Nemo.  Queenly and Quirky. Makes one yearn for high tea and clownfish.

Maria Flieger-Gruyters converted her home into a guesthouse and named it after her three daughters ~  Esther, Elly and Ria. Hotel Esthérea is in a row of beautiful historic buildings on the Singel, Amsterdam’s oldest major canal and an official Unesco World Heritage Site.

The place has its own unique character ~ Yin and Yang in harmony. When I’m far from home, I appreciate the little things ~ a cappuccino bar, the daily paper, a bathrobe and slippers.  Oh, and plenty of ice ~ to chill a Purple Haze Martini or mellow out a screaming foot.

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Toni 7/28/12

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