There is no lack of books about Venice. This one is not another guide, but rather a personal and very lively inside view of a bon vivant, art historian, author, musician, and world traveler. Alexis Gregory first went to Venice nearly 50 years ago, and has been back every year since to enjoy both the high society and the great richness of art and architecture. He evokes the great palaces of Venice; legendary personalities he knew well like Peggy Guggenheim, Lily Volpi and Arrigo Cipriani; and great Venetian figures of the past such as the mad Marchesa Casati, the Sapphic muse Princess Winnaretta de Polignac, and the spoiled Charles de Besteigui.
In October 2008, Sweden’s first floating hotel opened alongside the Salt & Sill restaurant. The hotel is meeting and conference venue with 46 beds, and is open all year round. At the hotel, guests can work and socialise in an inspiring environment, enjoy good food and drink, and then fall asleep to the sound of lapping waves. Despite the serene setting, there is plenty of opportunity for exciting and fun activities, with focus on the sea or food & drink. The staff members are professional and service-minded and do their outmost to look after – not the customer – but the individual person. Salt & Sill is a hotel and meeting place with a cosy, personal atmosphere, and a style characterised by modern Scandinavian simplicity.
Dior for men celebrates the courage, daring, and intensity of the world's most exciting sport--the passion, excitement, and speed of cars and racing with a fresh, spicy, woody new scent for men. Dior Homme Sport bursts with vigor and vitality with citron and cedarwood accords plus, at its heart, a signature new ginger accord, energizing, masculine, and powerful. Made for the man who lives boldly, freely, intensely, without breaks, every minute of the day.
Mercedes-Benz has announced a limited edition CLS Grand Edition. The special edition CLS has a platinum matte paint finish. Mercedes claims the matte finish is scratch and dirt resistant.
Other exterior features are Bi-xenon headlamps with dark headlight castings, active headlights, a headlamp cleaning system, unique 18-inch AMG wheels and Grand Edition badging.
Inside, the CLS Grand Edition offers an Alcantara headliner, aluminum sports pedals, wood trim and ‘Grand Edition’ floor mats.
The CLS Grand Edition retails from 67,294.50 euros, with deliveries slated for March 2009.
Silvestri speedboat is a 23-foot speedboat from the makers of the Spyker sports car. The Silvestri 23 SC has a tabular space frame and houses cutting edge technology and hi-tech gadgets. Rhe Silvestri speedboat comes standard a Volvo Penta V8 pushing 320 horsepower for a top speed of 48 knots– or 55mph.
In this cherry-picked selection of the most stylish and individual hotels around the world, Mr & Mrs Smith give you the inside scoop on city slick, coastal cool and countryside chic. Original, inspirational and informative, this coffee-table edition of the acclaimed Mr & Mrs Smith hotel guides includes fairytale Provençal châteaux, happening West Coast hot spots, secret Thai hideaways and even an eco-friendly jungle lodge in Belize. Each boutique bolthole has been chosen for its unique look, atmosphere and that ever-important qualification, location. A must-consult when you're planning your next escape.
Earl Howe's vintage 1937 Bugatti Type 57S, is set to break records when it goes on auction in Paris. The car will go on auction next month at Bonhams’ Retromobile sale and is expected to sell for €6.2 million ($8.7 million). Earl Howe, the first president of the British Racing Drivers’ Club, was the original owner of the car.