Last week Louis Vuitton opened their latest Maison in the historical Residenzpost in Munich. And by Maison I don’t mean a regular old house – with this term the French brand describes their special line of flagship stores that represent their whole line of products plus a few extra features such as custom made shoes for the gents, custom made handbags for the lady and customized travel gear for both. This one is only the 5th Maison in Europe and the 20th in the whole world, so it was quite a big deal. A big deal is also the house it moved into. The Residenzpost is probably one of the most prestigeous homes they have, and as coincidence has it, the construction of the building was comissioned in the same year as good ol’ Louis started his business some 150 years ago. I suppose it might have very well been fate that these two entities are coming together in 2013.
As I already teased last week my fellow bloggers from LesMads, Josie Loves, Cherry Blossom Girl, Horstson and I traveled to Munich to join the big opening ceremony. It was – as always – a magnificent event with famouses over famouses including Hollywood icon Uma Thurman, topmodel Franziska Knuppe, and a whole league of young German actors such as Kostja Ullmann, Hannah Herzsprung, and Alexandra Neldel. At the party we were delighted with the live performance by Marina and the Diamonds and fun DJ sets by Palina and Schowi. Enjoy my impressions of the big opening of the Louis Vuitton Maison München Residenzpost after the jump.
A few weeks ago I went on one of the most unusual trips that I’ve ever been to. When my travel mate Katja asked me to join her for the Christening of the Italian cruise ship MSC Preziosa in Genoa I was at first a bit sceptical, as cruises hadn’t really been on my agenda in terms of travel. But in the moment I stepped into the glamorous main lobby of the massive ship I knew I had made the right choice to go and would have an exciting time.
And exciting it was indeed. Discovering this little swimming city on the sea was like walking through a little foreign wonderland with many hidden points of entertainment. The cruise ship had it’s very own aesthetic with glittering staircases, shiny ornaments and patterned carpets. It was a bit like Disney Land meets the Love Boat with a twist of Titanic. Quite impressive really, so huge and over the top. It fully embraces the kitsch and glamour in every corner. Out eyes lit up with every new sparkeling launch we stepped in, playful pool areas we passed by and luscious cake buffets we stumbled upon.
On our stay we basically indulged into every fun activity we could find, including the on-board musical, the seemingly endless breakfast buffet, and the casino. We even did bowling, played every one of the arcade games, were super excited about the 4D cinema, and both of our two nights we ended up dancing the night away in the discotheque. But what was even more impressive was the actual reason we came for: the Christining of the brand new ship, the MSC Preziosa. This turned out to be an elaborate gala event with a ballet, an orchestra, a live concert, a musical performance, several speaches by famous Italian people, a very cool symphony played by the horns of three of the MSC ships that were aligned in a triangle (the melody was from Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters), and finally the champagne bottle was smashed on the bow of the ship by none other than Hollywood diva Sophia Loren. And in the Italian spirit of “more is more” everything was topped off with a massive firework. Wow! More details about the ship and the impressions of our unusual trip after the jump.
photos: Marcelo Paixão
„Why are you dressed like the devil?“ I ask the man next to me with a plastic trident and the black cape. „ I am not dressed like the devil, I am an Orisha! The devil does not exist. I am a true power of nature.”
In Berlin the next question to myself would have probably been: Which kind of drugs is he on? But I am in Sao Paulo and here everything is different. Magic and modernism, jungle and metropolis fuse into each other. The result is something really big, dangerous, vibrant and demonic. Probably the most exhausting and exciting city I have been so far in my live. Last Friday I was at Capslock. One of the craziest parties here in town. Inside of an abandoned skyscraper (right in the center of Sao Paulo) called Trackertower a feast of inhuman kind took place. Not only the music and the vibe could compete with any really good Berlin party: every room was creatively decorated by several street artist. Get some impressions of the night and the morning after from the photographer Marcelo Paixão after the jump.
Each year millions of visitors come to Paris. For a good reason, as the French capital is not only one of the most beautiful cities in the world, it also has a lot of sights to offer such as the Eiffel tower, the Champs-Élysées, the Sacré Coeur, the Saint Germain and the Quartier Latin. As I have been to Paris several times, I have already seen all of them. So this time, I decided to do it differently, to experience Paris without sightseeing.
Last year I had the honor to go on two trips with Louis Vuitton, first to the Serenissima Run in Monte Carlo and than to the historical home and studio of Louis Vuitton in Asnière. Both trips were more than amazing and I had a great time. Today I am going on my third trip with the famous French brand and this time the destination is Munich. Louis Vuitton is celebrating the opening of their first Maison in Germany there at the old Residenzpost. The Maisons are very special flagship stores that basically represent the whole range of products the brand has to offer which is far more than what the usual LV stores carry. There are only a few of these Maisons in Europe, so it’s quite the special occasion, both for the brand and for the city of Munich, especially considering that the original Maison Louis Vuitton in Paris is the 5th most visited sight in the city of love.
I’m super excited for the opening tomorrow and it took me ages to decide what to wear and what to pack. Of course I will bring more clothes that I actually need for one day. Luckily I got some advice how to pack them the best way without wasting any space thanks to the Art of Packing guide. Look over my shoulder while I pack my bag after the jump.
One of the countries that has always been on my list of places to travel to is Norway. I’ve so far only been to Sweden, which I really enjoyed, but I had heard such nice things about Norway that I was very eager to find out how it is. So when my travel buddy Katja from Travelettes invited me to join her on a trip to Geilo in Norway I was more than happy to say yes. (Btw. it’s pronounced Yeay-low.)
With our bags packed with snow suits and thick sweaters we fly to Oslo a few weeks ago to start our trip with some nice city impressions. Oslo is a really charming city, even though it’s not that big, it seems very modern and young and has a wonderfully welcoming vibe and lots of interesting people to meet. After explosing the city for about a day we took the train to Geilo, which is pretty central in the country. Of course the journey through the landscapes of Norway was already a highlight. But of course Geilo had plenty of things to discover for us including amazing slopes, countless hiking opportunities, ice fishing, relaxing spas and much more. Enjoy my my impressions of the trip.
Earlier this month my travel-addicted friend Katja and I went on yet another trip into the Alps this year. After we visited South Tyrol in Italy in late summer we now made it to the North of the region situated in Austria: Tyrol – more specifically Kitzbühel, one of the oldest ski resorts in Europe and known for its wealthy and often famous clientele. We stayed at the luxurious Kempinski Hotel Das Tirol which is one of many 5-star-hotels in the area. Within only three days we experienced this amazing winter wonderland from its best side with thick layers of snow, sunny weather and of course amazing food. Thumbs up for beautiful Tyrol! Enjoy my latest travel story with lots of pictures after the jump.
The thing I love most about Sweden is the St. Luzia holiday where the people hold a procession headed by a girl wearing a crown of candles. Every year at my Birthday the Swedish embassy celebrates this beautiful traditional festivity and I’ve enjoyed it quite a few times. So, I was delighted to be invited this year by VisitSweden to get to know the two biggest cities Gothenburg and Stockholm a little better. During my trip I took a bunch of photographs which somebody at VisitSweden seemed to like so much that they wanted to put them into a book. This book is beeing presented this Sunday at Fluxbau with a small concert of Saint Lou Lou. More information about the event after the jump.
Trunks, art and polka-dots, how do these three things relate to each other you might wonder. The name that brings it all together is Louis Vuitton. The maison traditionelle invited us over to Paris on a show&tell with LV along with fellow bloggers Katja from LesMads, Sarah from Josie Loves, Sascha & Peter from Horstson, as well as Andy from Style Scrapbook and Carolina from Fashionsqad. In only two days we got to see the historical home of Louis Vuitton, who started his business in 1854, the studio in Asnières that still produces the famous travel trunks, the pop-up store opening for their design collaboration with Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, the big Maison store at the Champs Elysees, their gallery Espace Culturel and the Louis Vuitton Marc Jacobs exhibition. Follow our short but exciting trip after the jump.
photos by Katja Hentschel
A few weeks ago Travelette’s Katja took me along on a magical trip to a place that I would normally never think of going to. With my usual travel destinations being distant and exotic places as Argentina, Japan or Thailand I was more than surprised to find this little paradise so close to our home. The flight to South Tyrol was just a bit over an hour from Berlin, but it felt like immersing into a completely different universe and after only 3 days I was madly in love with this beautiful region in the North of Italy. Enjoy my impressions from this trip with photos by Katja after the jump.