The IM Pei designed Bank of China building lights up with geometric patterns at night
Night view of Bank of China Building in Hong Kong
Hong Kong Night Panorama
Geometric details in the car park and escalators at The Upper House
Angles and shapes on the staircase at The China Club in Hong Kong
Mirrors are just one of the finishes at the Royal Mansour
It’s all about the details at the Royal Mansour. The construction of this Marrakech luxury hotel was overseen by Morocco’s reigning monarch, Mohammed VI. He employed over 1,500 Moroccan artisans specifically to show off the finest in Moroccan craftsmanship, including some very beautiful mirrors.
Left: Mirror in the dressing area of one of the riads Right: Mirrored vanity
The dressing areas in the guest riads were very impressive, with duel walk-in closets. The dressing areas including velvet-lined jewelry storage that could easily accommodate an Oscar Night’s worth of fine jewelry and watches.
A gorgeous bathroom with exquisite finishes and a mirror over the sink
The details are really what jumped out at me during my two day stay here. Anyone who has remodeled a bathroom– and survived– would be blown away by the quality and sheer number of fine finishing touches. The custom zelij mosaic tile inlays, to the individually chosen wash basins, tubs, and and marble for the 53 one, two, and three bedroom guest riads.
I was particularly charmed by this sink/mirror combo in one of the guest Riads
Room rates start at about $2,000 per night.
Royal Mansour Marrakech
Rue Abou Abbas El Sebti,
Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Disclosure: this post would not be possible without the generosity of my hosts at the Royal Mansour.
Wall of luggage tags at the L’Aventure Travel Pop Up Shop
When I found out this week’s #FriFotos theme was the alphabet, I decided to take the opportunity to tell you about the really cool Parisian pop up shop I just visited.
If you’re going to be in Paris before the end of December, I highly recommend checking out Louis Vuitton’s travel-themed pop up shop, L’Aventure, located at 22 Avenue Montaigne. The store not only explains the history of Louis Vuitton’s brand origins as luggage makers to French aristocrats and now the likes of Beyoncé and Lady Gaga. The shop will close on December 31st, 2013.
Wall of Louis Vuitton trunks, both old and new
The shop is full of travel related eye candy as well– from Louis Vuitton City Guides to colorful luggage tags you can have monogrammed with your initials right on the spot (it’s a free service for up to three initials). There is even a beyond fabulous Louis Vuitton leather hammock that I was temped to try out while the monogram machine was warming up.
Left: Dear Santa- can I have this leather swing? Right: The Louis Vuitton leather hammock’s chic gold clasp
Service at the shop was top notch and I thought it served as a really good introduction to the brand. City guides and luggage tags and other accessories were surprisingly affordable, making them perfect holiday gifts.
One, two or three letter monograms are free of charge at the L’Aventure Pop Up
Left: The alphabet by LVMH Right: The monogram machine warming up
Not going to Paris anytime soon? You can check out the Louis Vuitton City Guides in Digital format using the Louis Vuitton Amble app for iPhone. The app is free and the Digital City guides on Amble come in multiple languages and are available as an in-app purchases (the Paris Guide cost $9.99).
An artist hand-painting Louis Vuitton travel accessories shows the hand craftsmanship that goes into the brand
So even if a custom monogrammed Louis Vuitton trunk is beyond your budget, the Amble app and City Guides are a digital budget luxury.
Colorful Louis Vuitton City Guides in Paperback format
L’Aventure Travel Pop Up Shop by Louis Vuitton (open through the end of December 2013)
22 Avenue Montaigne, Paris
Phone +33 1 45 62 47 00
Prayer Flags at a Buddhist Monastery In the Ancient Holy city of Anuradhapura, a UNESCO world heritage site
This week’s #FriFotos theme is “symbols” and there are several here in Sri Lanka I thought were worth sharing.
A group of monks in Anuradhapura wearing saffron & paprika colored robes, which are traditional symbols of Theravada Buddhist monks in Southeast Asia.
Couple with a camera at the Top of the Rock
I was in New York City for a few days last week and the frigid January temperatures made traditional street photography both unpleasant and not practical. I found myself shooting pictures from places I was sheltered from the elements (like the back of taxis and behind windscreens at Top of the Rock). I’ve pulled together my favorite images from the trip into this photo essay.
I never get tired of taking pictures of tourists taking pictures. I shot this couple on the viewing deck of Top of the Rock. Shot with ProCamera and edited with CrossProcess App.
Views of Midtown, shot from (Left) Top of the Rock and (right) a taxi