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May 16, 2011

American Express Travel’s Nextpedition Initiative: What’s Your Travel Sign?

american express travel nextpeditionAmerican Express Travel’s Nextpedition Initiative is a program that provides custom-designed trips for the next generation of travelers. I was invited by American Express to participate in the “Travel Profiler” interactive quiz to find out my travel sign. After answering a series of fifteen questions, I confirmed what I already knew – I’m a “Poshaholic” or in other words – I like fancy things. Here’s how American Express defines a “Poshaholic”… american express travel nextpeditionBased on your travel sign, American Express Travel then plans trips for you based on your preferences and budget… When I travel, I love to see and learn new things.  Experiencing new cultures is one of my favorite aspects of travel – new languages, sights, smells and food – I love to try it all.  If I were a rich girl, based on my travel sign of Poshaholic, I would go to Istanbul, Turkey.  I’ve wanted to go to Istanbul since I took an Art History class in college.  When I saw the beautiful architecture of the Hagia Sophia – a basilica turned mosque turned museum – I knew that I had to see it with my own eyes one day. Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul Istanbul has a nice mix of a rich cultural history and luxurious living.  Any dream vacation would have to be extravagant – a mini escape from everyday life.  That is why I would stay at the Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul, a luxurious hotel built on the same site as an historic palace.  I would definitely spend some quality time at the hotel’s spa and pool.  All my time wouldn’t be spent at the hotel though – I’d visit the historic sites, the Grand Bazaar and the beaches.  And the trip wouldn’t be complete without Chanel shopping trips (remember, it’s a dream vacation!). chanel store locations in istanbul turkey What is your travel sign? Visit the American Express Travel Facebook page to take the Travel Profiler Quiz and find out!

About American Express Travel NEXTPEDITION: American Express Travel announces NEXTPEDITION℠, a new way to travel targeted to travel enthusiasts in their 20s and 30s. Through NEXTPEDITION, American Express Travel offers consumers the exciting opportunity to take a vacation where the destination and itinerary are unknown until the actual journey begins and is revealed day by day via a customized Smartphone. The “mystery trip” is customized to reflect the traveler’s personality traits, providing an opportunity for him or her to explore the world in an unexpected and intuitive way. www.nextpedition.com

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by NEXTPEDITION from American Express Travel via Glam Media.

The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of NEXTPEDITION from American Express Travel.

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December 11, 2010

Chanel Paris-Byzance Look Book Shot in Ravenna, Italy

“It’s all about mosaics,” said Lagerfeld, who traveled to Ravenna, Italy, to view the intricate artworks from the fifth and sixth centuries that adorn its churches and monuments. “I thought it was an influence that could be very much Chanel,” he said. “It’s also about a spirit.”

-WWD

In the 6th Century, Ravenna was the “westernmost pillar of the Byzantine Empire.” (Rick Steves, Ravenna: Italy’s Byzantium).  Today, Ravenna is a living shrine featuring the monuments and churches of the lost empire.  Boasting a rich cultural history, Ravenna is “best look at the glories of Byzantium this side of Istanbul.”  (Rick Steves, Ravenna: Italy’s Byzantium).

Since the Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2011 Paris-Byzance show was inspired by the Byzantine Empire, Karl Lagerfeld went to Ravenna, Italy to shoot the Look Book for the collection.  I wonder how much of the ancient mosaics will be in the photos.  I think it’s great that Uncle Karl went to Ravenna because the photos will be have historical integrity – something that a set could never replicate.  I can’t wait to see the pictures of the look book. In the mean time, check out these gorgeous photos of mosaics from Ravenna, Italy.

Image Source: Absolut Bologna

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