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GOING CUCKOO FOR SOUTHWEST GERMANY

SouthWest Germany’s Specialist Program for Travel Agents
Informs, delights and awards certificates and a trip!

In little over a few hours, travel agents and anyone interested in


SouthWest Germany, officially the federal state of Baden-Württemberg, is a beautiful part of Germany that offers green hills and valleys, caves of ancient art and forests, large and small rivers and lakes, as well as great cities, palaces, castles and medieval monasteries. The variety means that visitors can have a total, in-depth German experience in just one visit. And, it is easy for travel agents to help their clients create that dream vacation.
 
The specialist program has 11 modules each with a different topic. The modules introduce the visitor with basic knowledge courses about why to go covering the top highlights such as the famous cities and towns; how to get there by plane, train, bus or car; and the best time of year to go. The variety of modules lead the travel agent through the courses in a fun, interactive and engaging manner so time passes quickly.
 
In the heart of Europe, SouthWest Germany is the country’s sunniest region. Bordering on France, Switzerland and Austria, SouthWest Germany offers visitors the perfect European experience. Rail is the convenient alternative to flying and is often the quickest way of getting around Europe and South-West Germany. Long-distance and local train times are coordinated to ensure quick, easy connections. The ICE-Intercity Express high-speed service offers at least one train every hour between Germany’s major cities and neighboring countries. SouthWest Germany has an excellent network of highways (Autobahn) and there are seven international airports.
 
World-famous highlights include the beautiful Black Forest and the sophisticated spa resort of Baden-Baden, but there are also lesser-known treasures and ready-to-be-discovered small town gems. SouthWest Germany appeals to young and old alike, thanks to its combination of unspoiled nature, outdoor activities, unique historical palaces and castles and world-class natural spas. It also offers fun festivals, and award-winning restaurants and wines. Anytime of year is fun in SouthWest Germany because there are the Christmas markets, skiing and winter sports and the Carnival (Fas’nacht) celebrations in the Black Forest; fall is a perfect time for enjoying the wines and going hiking through the two luscious wine regions as well as raising a Stein at Stuttgart’s famous beer festival; summer is wonderful for visiting the luxurious and historic castles and palaces while spring is perfect for almost everything especially the gardens and the fruit trees and indulging in the annual treat of white asparagus which is on every menu. At every time of year, the cities and towns, museums, opera, dance and festivals entertain and delight with their regular cultural performances and displays.
 
SouthWest Germany offers charming villages going back in time, historic towns and luxurious getaways. The university cities of Heidelberg, Tuebingen and Freiburg are vivacious and historic, each has its own highlights such as the Chocol’Art chocolate market in Tuebingen at Christmas time or the music festival in Heidelberg where famous people perform in intimate places throughout the town in the spring. Freiburg has an amazing wine festival in July and yet, at any time of year, these towns offer museums, restaurants and fabulous charm. Baden-Baden is a luxurious getaway where highlights include the world class performances at the Spielhaus and the casino.
 
SouthWest Germany has the potential to absorb visitors so while it is possible to see the entire state in seven to 10 days, we recommend spending one month. Of course this may be difficult for people who don’t have so much vacation time so it is understandable if you have to limit your time to certain regions or routes all of which are content and activity rich so you can experience a lot in a short time.
 
The north provides the towns of Heidelberg, the castle road, the Technomuseum of Mannheim, the ZKM Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe and many castles and palaces such as royal palace and gardens of Schwetzingen and the asparagus route. The middle of the state is home to the capital of Stuttgart surrounded by the wine region of Wuerttemberg. Stuttgart has two world class art museums as well as museums for architecture and antiques. Einstein came from the town of Ulm in Swabia where there is also a fantastic bread museum and this is close to a great beer route and the town of Ehingen on the Danube as well as the baroque route and some of Europe’s most extraordinary cave art as well as the town of Ravensburg of puzzle fame. The Black Forest provides endless possibilities for hiking and biking and outdoor experiences. In the south, bordering Switzerland and Austria, Lake Constance is a paradise for families interested in the Bronze Age Village, the seaside castle of Meersburg, the UNESCO World heritage monastery island of Reichenau and the garden island of Mainau and the Zeppelin Museum to name a few.
 
Many travelers delight in that SouthWest Germay is a haven and heaven for car lovers. This is where the world’s first car was made and today the tradition of producing top notch cars of the future has not let up. Both Mercedes and Porsche call Stuttgart home. They have extraordinary museums and restaurants and interactive and changing exhibits. Stuttgart also is home to two car themed hotels and a world class car trading center where visitors can rent vintage cars, trade in their own vintage autos.. There are additional car museums in Ladenburg and Sinsheim and the Formula 1 racetrack at Sinsheim where visitors can complete test drives. So, whether you choose to do European delivery and picnic in a Porsche or you prefer to visit the work studios of Daimler and Maybach outside of Stuttgart and the museum dedicated to Benz in Mannheim, there are endless opportunities for gearheads.
 
Participants will learn about all of the above and more and those who complete all of the course modules earn a special certification that they can scan and upload to their websites and put in their signatures. It is a great way to start the year and give travel agents an opportunity to reach out to their clients with their new expertise and ideas. Those who complete eight of the 11 modules may be entered for a free trip to SouthWest Germany.

Quinn XCII Releases New Single

Singer/songwriter/producer Quinn XCII has released his new song “Tough” featuring Noah Kahan. The song, co-written and co-produced with Scott Harris (Shawn Mendes, The Chainsmokers) is the third release from his forthcoming sophomore album From Michigan With Love, due early next year.

Quinn XCII will be embarking on his major headlining world tour early next year, under the bill “From Tour With Love.” The 39-show trek kicks off in Europe at the beginning of February. The North American dates of the tour, produced by Live Nation, kicks off February 19 in Indianapolis, IN and will stop in major markets including New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and more, before wrapping April 17 in Austin.

The genre-bending artist also recently released “Sad Still” and “Werewolf” ft. Yoshi Flower, which marked his first two releases since his debut album The Story of Us last year. Both “Sad Still” and “Werewolf” will also be featured on From Michigan With Love.

The rising artist has accumulated an impressive 600 Million streams on Spotify alone from his catalog, and over 75 Million combined views on YouTube.

QUINN XCII 2019 “FROM TOUR WITH LOVE” EUROPEAN DATES:

2/3/2019 Amsterdam, NL at Bitterzoet

2/5/2019 Copenhagen, DK at Ideal Bar

2/7/2019 Berlin, DE at Privatclub

2/9/2019 Munich, DE at Mila

2/11/2019 Cologne, DE at CBE

2/12/2019 Paris, FR at Nouveau Casino

2/14/2019 London, UK at O2 Islington Academy

QUINN XCII 2019 “FROM TOUR WITH LOVE” NORTH AMERICAN DATES:

2/19/2019 Indianapolis, IN at Egyptian Room at Old National Centre

2/21/2019 Philadelphia, PA at The Fillmore Philadelphia presented by Cricket Wireless

2/22/2019 New York, NY* at Terminal 5* — SOLD OUT

2/26/2019 Boston, MA at House of Blues presented by Cricket Wireless – SOLD OUT

2/27/2019 Boston, MA at House of Blues presented by Cricket Wireless

3/1/2019 Washington, DC at The Fillmore Silver Spring presented by Cricket Wireless

3/2/2019 Cleveland, OH at House of Blues Cleveland presented by Cricket Wireless – SOLD OUT

3/3/2019 Raleigh, NC at The Ritz

3/5/2019 Atlanta, GA at The Tabernacle presented by Cricket Wireless

3/7/2019 Orlando, FL at House of Blues Orlando

3/9/2019 Louisville, KY at Mercury Ballroom

3/12/2019 Nashville, TN at Marathon Music Works

3/14/2019 Grand Rapids, MI at 20 Monroe Live

3/15/2019 Detroit, MI at The Fillmore

3/17/2019 Toronto, ON at The Phoenix Concert Theatre

3/19/2019 St. Louis, MO at The Pageant

3/20/2019 Chicago, IL at Riviera Theater

3/21/2019 Minneapolis, MN at Myth

3/23/2019 Denver, CO at Fillmore Auditorium

3/25/2019 Salt Lake City, UT at The Complex

3/26/2019 Boise, ID at Revolution Concert House & Event Center

3/28/2019 Vancouver, BC at Commodore Ballroom

3/29/2019 Seattle, WA at Showbox SODO

3/31/2019 Portland, OR at McMenamins Crystal Ballroom

4/2/2019 Sacramento, CA at Ace of Spades –SOLD OUT

4/3/2019 San Francisco, CA at The Masonic

4/4/2019 Anaheim, CA at House of Blues

4/6/2019 Los Angeles, CA at The Wiltern

4/9/2019 Phoenix, AZ at Comercia Theatre

4/11/2019 San Antonio, TX at Aztec Theater presented by Cricket Wireless

4/12/2019 Dallas, TX at South Side Ballroom

4/13/2019 Houston, TX at House of Blues presented by Cricket Wireless

4/17/2019 Austin, TX* at Stubb’s*

*not a Live Nation date

BAUR AU LAC’S PAVILLON RESTAURANT

BAUR AU LAC’S PAVILLON RESTAURANT AWARDED SECOND MICHELIN STAR

“THE PERFECT GIFT FOR OUR 175TH ANNIVERSARY”

The Pavillon restaurant at the Baur au Lac in Zürich has been awarded a second Michelin Star, it was announced earlier this week by the Michelin organization. “This comes as the perfect gift as we celebrate the 175th anniversary of our hotel,” said Andrea Kracht, sixth-generation owner of what is often described as the world’s finest hotel.

“Being awarded a second Michelin star is an incredible honor for our team,” says Pavillon chef, Laurent Eperon, “because maintaining the highest standards and inspiring our guests with new creations each time they visit are my biggest goals and most daunting challenges.” Eperon has over 20 years of experience working at the Baur au Lac and 10 years as the head chef at the Pavillon, bringing a creative and innovative approach to classic French haute-cuisine. Eperon stressed that he shares the upgraded Michelin recognition with restaurant manager, Aurélien Blanc, and Chef Sommelier, Marc Almert as well as their entire Pavillon team, all of whom take this accolade as motivation to continue focusing on total guest satisfaction.

ABOUT THE BAUR AU LAC

Voted the number one hotel in Europe in the 2018 Condé Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards, the 119-room Baur au Lac has been owned and operated by the same family since it was built in 1844. A short walk from Zurich’s world-famous Bahnhofstrasse, the central Paradeplatz, Lake Zürich and the city’s bustling financial district, the hotel is a long-time favorite among the world’s elite, and is one of Europe’s few grand hotels that is still family-owned. In 2009, the hotel completed an approximately US$45-million renovation of its Michelin-starred Pavillon restaurant, Terrasse restaurant and various rooms and suites.

NBA All-Star Series

NEW ERA CAP CELEBRATES THE CITY OF CHARLOTTE WITH 2019 NBA ALL-STAR GAME COLLECTION

The New Era NBA Authentics: NBA All-Star Series is available now

Today, New Era Cap Co., Inc., the authentic cap of the National Basketball Association (NBA), announces the New Era NBA Authentics: NBA All-Star Series, a special headwear collection designed for this year’s game in Charlotte, North Carolina.

“Each year, we work to celebrate NBA All-Star Game by using the host city as the design inspiration for the New Era NBA Authentics: All-Star Series,” said John Connors, Director of Arena Sports for New Era Cap. “This year, Charlotte offered us the opportunity to do something truly different leveraging the Hornets’ unique color palate and honeycomb pattern.”

This year’s New Era NBA Authentics: All-Star Series features unique designs with a mix of silhouettes including 59FIFTY, 9FIFTY and 9TWENTY. Each cap features a unique design utilizing the Charlotte Hornets’ color palate, teal, white and purple as well as the honeycomb pattern displayed on the Hornets’ court.                       

The New Era NBA Authentics: NBA All-Star Game Series is available in the following styles:


New Era NBA Authentics: NBA All-Star Tie Dye:  Adding an element of style to the collection, this teal, white and purple tie dye graphic print cap features the primary Charlotte NBA All-Star 2019 logo embroidered on the crown. Available in a 9FIFTY, the cap also comes in a black and white colorway with a 59FIFTY version available exclusively here.


New Era NBA Authentics: NBA All-Star Pri Star: Available in a 9FIFTY and 9TWENTY, this cap features the Charlotte NBA All-Star logo man on the crown and an oversized NBA All-Star 2019 wordmark embroidered on the side. This cap is available in a black and white colorway with a 59FIFTY version available exclusively here.


New Era NBA Authentics: NBA All-Star Oversized Star: Show your excitement for the 2019 NBA All-Star Game with this 9FIFTY cap featuring an embroidered oversized Charlotte NBA All-Star logo man on the crown and a second NBA All-Star logo man on the rear. Additionally, this cap has a honeycomb pattern on the visor and snapback enclosure. A 59FIFTY version is available exclusively here.


New Era NBA Authentics: NBA All-Star Suede: Available in a 9FIFTY and 9TWENTY, this stylish black monochromatic cap combines faux suede with a Charlotte 2019 tonal wordmark embroidered on the crown.

The New Era NBA Authentics: NBA All-Star Series is available here as well as select headwear retailers with retail prices of $28-$38 USD.

ABOUT NEW ERA CAP
New Era Cap Co., Inc. is an international lifestyle brand with an authentic sports heritage that dates back over 90 years. Best known for being the official on-field cap for Major League Baseball and the National Football League, New Era Cap is the brand of choice not only for its headwear collection, but also for its accessories and apparel lines for men, women and youth. The brand is worn as a symbol of self-expression by athletes, artists and some of the most interesting people around the globe. New Era Cap encourages people to truly express their personal style and individuality through its products. The Company is headquartered in Buffalo, NY and operates facilities in Canada, Europe, Brazil, Japan, and Hong Kong. For more information, visit our website.

Hakkasan 2019 Pool Season

HAKKASAN GROUP REVEALS 2019 POOL SEASON OPENING DATES

World-Renown Hospitality Company to Launch Famed Pool Parties at Top Daylife Destinations

Global hospitality company Hakkasan Group heats up the Las Vegas daylife landscape with the announcement of its highly anticipated 2019 pool season opening date of Friday, March 8. Highlights of Vegas’ summer season is signaled by epic pool parties played by award-winning DJs including Calvin Harris, Tiësto, Zedd, Steve Aoki, Martin Garrix and more at the internationally recognized destinations WET REPUBLIC Ultra Pool at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino and LIQUID Pool Lounge at ARIA Resort & Casino.

Recognized around the world for its unmatchable pool scene, famed champagne showers and roster of high-caliber artists, WET REPUBLIC will welcome revelers to another legendary season launching its summer vision “A Pool Party Like No Other.” 

Coming off a successful 2018 season where WET REPUBLIC served endless amounts of champagne and was the go-to spot for bachelor and bachelorette parties, party-goers this year will experience why Vegas’ ultimate pool party is like no other as it welcomes its 12thseason and the most epic one yet.

Bathing suit-clad crowds are invited to bask poolside in two large pools and six private dipping pools. Guests can relax in spacious daybeds conveniently positioned to soak up the best rays throughout the day, escape with one of the 12 VIP luxurious Bungalows and ten deluxe Cabanas decked out with plush offerings including couches, giant flat screen TVs, ceiling fans, misters, personal model servers, premium bottle service, and more. DJs perform in close distance to the 4,100-square-foot sundeck, offering guests a perfect view from every angle.Complimentary Wi-Fi is also offered throughout WET REPUBLIC to capture all the Instagram-worthy moments.

Additionally, in true WET REPUBLIC fashion, guests can expect enhanced one-of-a-kind poolside bottle presentations hosted by a posse of model servers. Guests who order bottle service will be greeted with the fuss of a themed presentation paired with champagne showers and customized signage. To accompany the extensive mixology menu with signature cocktails like the Pool Bunny, Wet Splash and Rainstorm, guests can dine on sophisticated poolside menu offerings including Kobe Beef Sliders, Soft Tacos and Shrimp Cocktail, as well as shareable party platters ranging from Assorted Sushi Rolls to Buckets of Chicken Tenders and more.

Just down the iconic Strip, LIQUID, invites pool-goers to sun-soaked events all season long. Guests will enjoy VIP dipping pools, refreshing cocktails and an incredible talent lineup. Upon arrival, loungers can sink into one of LIQUID’s private cabanas, daybeds or deck tables surrounded by energetic sounds spun by highly-sought after DJs.

Hakkasan Group Pool Opening Weekend Schedule:

WET REPUBLIC Ultra Pool at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino

Friday, March 8

DJ Shift

Saturday, March 9

Fergie DJ

Sunday, March 10

Mark Eteson

LIQUID Pool Lounge at ARIA Resort & Casino

Friday, March 8

DJ Buza

Saturday, March 9

Cutswell

Sunday, March 10

DJ Paradize

For the full lineup and to purchase tickets, visit wet.re/buytickets .

ABOUT HAKKASAN GROUP

Hakkasan Group is a worldwide hospitality company with establishments across North America, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa. Its namesake is taken from its Michelin star restaurant that set the high-level standard for the group’s collection of diverse brands. Its ‘brand first’ philosophy builds restaurant, nightlife, daylife and soon-to-open hotels, resorts and residences into world-class hospitality brands, all with a focus on service, design, innovation and experience. Its restaurant portfolio includes Hakkasan, with 12 locations worldwide, Ling Ling, Yauatcha, Sake no Hana, Herringbone and Searsucker. Under the nightlife umbrella is Hakkasan, OMNIA, JEWEL and 1 OAK Nightclub; and daylife brands include WET REPUBLIC, LIQUID, and OMNIA. For more information, visit our website or connect with us on Facebook Twitter and Instagram @hakkasangroup.

 

CartiHeal

Seth L. Sherman, MD, a sports medicine orthopaedic surgeon at University of Missouri Health Care’s Missouri Orthopaedic Institute, recently became one of the first American surgeons to enroll patients in a clinical research study aimed at earning FDA approval for a new knee-cartilage implant.

Agili-C™ (CartiHeal, Israel) is a new implant designed to help patients with knee-cartilage defects regenerate their own healthy cartilage. The implant has been shown to be safe and effective in a series of clinical trials previously conducted in Europe and Israel. Sherman is one of 15 primary investigators in the United States conducting the FDA-approved study, which is the final step before earning FDA approval for the implant.

“We are thrilled to be on the leading edge of orthopaedic sports medicine and joint preservation,” Sherman said. “In the U.S., there are limited options for off-the-shelf cartilage repair that can be performed during a single surgical procedure. Benefits of this technology include its relative low cost, ease of use, and strong basic science and clinical track record.”

Cartilage damage is a common knee problem that occurs in patients of all ages. It can happen as a result of an injury, like a blow to the knee, or due to wear and tear over time. In any case, it causes knee swelling, stiffness and pain that can reduce function and decrease quality of life.

The Agili-C™ implant is a cell-free implant made of the inorganic exoskeleton of sea coral. The implant can be used in this study to treat a variety of cartilage defects and patient types, which is another reason it is attractive to orthopaedic surgeons.

“Often in studies like this one, we can enroll only a very strict subset of young, active patients with a single, isolated cartilage defect,” said Sherman. “In reality, that’s not the type of patient we see every day. This implant is different because it’s medically indicated for a wide range of situations, including patients with multiple cartilage defects and even those with mild to moderate osteoarthritis. We can use it in patients who are in their 20s or in those who are in their 60s. This versatility allows us to find more patients who may benefit from this procedure.”

Those who qualify for the study are randomly assigned either one of the traditional surgical options or the new implant. So far, Sherman has enrolled four patients in the study. He plans to enroll at least 25 before submitting his research to the FDA.

The implant is manufactured by CartiHeal, a medical device company headquartered in Kfar Saba, Isreal and Closter, New Jersey. To date, more than 400 patients in Europe and Israel — where the device has already been approved — have received the new implant. The Agili-CTM implant is not available for sale in the United States. It is an investigational device limited for use in the device study.

To find out if you qualify for this study, visit this link on the CartiHeal website.

The Next Door Paris

On January 18th , ManWoman expanded The Next Door boutique from Avignon to Paris. A boutique known for their ready-to-wear fashion with high profile brands such as Heron Preston, Stüssy and many more. A respectable multi-brand clothing store rapidly growing with an instagram following of 120,000. The Next Door is set up at what they’re calling the heart of Paris’ 10th arrondissement, between the Place de la République. The area is being labeled as the street culture hot spot and people are lining up to visit. The Next Door is bound to generate a-lot of foot traffic. This is the beginning of many more expansions to come.

Written by : Frank Pena

ManWoman Show NYC AW19

The ManWoman trade show recently made a fashionable stop in New York City, showcasing their curated collections of respected male brands in Spring Studios. Creating an authentic experience, unlike any other Trade Show across the globe. ManWoman showcase top-tier brands such as Fred Perry, Oliver Spencer, Tanner Goods and more with a roster extending to almost 100 featured brands while catering to over 1,000 buyers globally. The Founder and Co Director, Antoine Floch takes pride in his company reaching their 7 year mark. The brand’s success made It possible for ManWoman to expand The Next Door boutique from Avignon to Paris. ManWoman will be returning to Spring Studios on Febuary 23-25th to showcase their brands for woman.

Written by : Frank Pena

Model: Ethan Binnie

Photographer: Francesca Beltran

Stylist: Joy Sauvage

Creative direction: Léna Daniel.

Divine Tours

DIVINE TOURS LAUNCHES COUTURISTA TRAVEL TO PROVIDE LUXURY, FASHION-FOCUSED TRAVEL EXPERIENCES

Now Booking its First Tour: A Curated Visit to Tuscany in April 2019

Since 1996, DiVine Tours has been providing innovative luxury travel excursions throughout Italy. This spring, DiVine Tours will launch their newest extension: Couturista Travel – a travel experience personalized for connoisseurs of high-end fashion, gourmet cuisine, and luxury lifestyle. Couturista Travel is now booking for its April fashion-focused journey through Tuscany, followed by trips to Miami and Mexico later in the year.

The inaugural trip, entitled Tuscany Couture, includes stays in luxury fashion inspired hotels such as the Ferragamo-owned Gallery Art Hotel, exclusive vineyard tours, and VIP access and discounts at the world’s leading fashion retailers. Travelers will enjoy once-in-a-lifetime, exclusive, curated access to shops including Prada, Gucci, Armani, Ferragamo, Emilio Pucci, Sergio Rossi, Cavalli, Dolce & Gabbana, and many more.

Couturistas will begin their nine-day-long escape in Florence on April 6th, 2019 with a reception and welcome dinner. The following day will include an intimate inside look into the history of Italian Fashion, then & now, via private tours through the culture rich UNESCO City. Expert guides will then transport guests back to the 18th century via the Pitti Palace Costume Gallery, featuring rich collections that represent the evolution of fashion for didactic purposes.

The historical experiences will also include a visit to the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum. Dedicated to the life and work of the famed Italian shoe designer, the museum contains over 10,000 models of shoes and a variety of exhibits dedicated to the life and work of Ferragamo from the 1920’s until his death in 1960.

In addition to visits to Italy’s top historical fashion destinations and some of the most sophisticated shopping in the world, the Tuscany Couture trip includes visits to local artisan’s workshops, private trunk shows, dining at Florence’s most revered restaurants and guided visits to the iconic sites in historical cities throughout the Tuscan region.

“Tuscany Couture is the ideal vacation framed by the magic and elegance of Florence. Suited for the curious shopper or the fashion-savvy, a group of friends seeking the ultimate getaway, or even the mother-daughter duo looking for a bonding retreat,” said Myriam Angulo, co-founder of Couturista Travel. “There is so much to see in Florence and Chianti besides the traditional visits to see renowned art and wine tastings. Couturista organizers use their personal knowledge and intimate relationships to open the doors to artisan shoemakers, pop-up shops, flagship stores and everything in between. Tuscany Couture is the perfect trip for the inquisitive, divine traveler.”

Tuscany Couture’s $6,999 pp fee includes the complete land program with transportation, deluxe hotel accommodations, English-speaking guides, daily breakfast buffets, welcome and farewell dinners, shopping tours, museum entrances, winery visits, and many more activities for travelers looking to do it all.

With some days planned out and others that allow Couturistas to explore suggested sites on their own, each traveler has the ability to mold their vacation to fit their every want and desire. There are also unique extension options for those who want to extend their stay in Italy with opportunities to spend three additional days in the North or South of Florence.

Following the trip to Tuscany, Couturista Travel will offer innovative programs in the Magic City that is Miami with two distinct themes: Exploration of Art and Curated Shopping; as well as an opportunity to explore and shop Mexico later in the year.

About DiVine Tours & Couturista Travel

DiVine Tours is a boutique tour operation specializing in exclusive Wine Tours, and Gourmet Programs in Italy since 1996. Most recently, they have branched out to develop COUTURISTA TRAVEL, which offers new Curated Fashion Shopping Experiences in famous locations as well as in new, undiscovered destinations. Originally based out of Chianti, Italy, director and owner Myriam Angulo has come back home to Miami, Florida and is determined to bring couture lifestyle back to the tour industry.

Couturista Travel is now accepting reservations for Tuscany Couture taking place on April 6th – 14th.

For booking information, visit www.couturistatravel.com or contact info@couturistatravel.com / 1-877-COUTRVL (1-877-268-8785)

I-PACE

Jaguar I-Pace: One for the History Books

By Jake Porter × Vaughn Lowery

Possibly no one expected Jaguar to start producing and manufacturing electric vehicles. However, with the rapid onset of consumers searching for an influx of electric powered automobiles, it is not surprising the illustrious British brand provided its very first, all-electric vehicle. Moreover, to the world’s surprise, the antecessor to the Tesla’s Model X, did not emerge from one of the top European mega brands such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz, or Audi. Instead the Whitley, Coventry based Jaguar Land Rover, which has been manufacturing gasoline vehicles for over 80 years, has now effortlessly executed a lavish battery-only SUV.

The brand new Jaguar I-Pace is like no other. Once only rivaled by the Tesla Model X, this fully electric SUV is one of the first of its kind due to its groundbreaking features. First of all, compared to the majority of other electric vehicles on the market today, the I-Pace is powered by a 90 kilowatt hour battery that delivers an exceptional 240 mile range, which could outrun over 90% of the fully electric vehicles on the road today. The one-of-a-kind battery has a superb charge time. A typical kW DC charger can power the vehicle 0%-80% in 85 minutes.

Secondly, the I-Pace’s near silent acceleration and smooth braking are just a couple of the safety features included in the vehicle. The general handling of the vehicle and cornering ability only adds to the value of the car by creating a smooth, highly controlled turn on any surface. In addition, the stiff steering makes the car feel heavy and capable. The wider 22” tires along with all-wheel drive allows the SUV to claw windy roads with ease. The two different breaking modes included in the Default Regenerative Breaking system regenerate energy by efficiently converting available kinetic energy to electricity to charge the battery and extend the range. By selecting the “High” regenerative mode as opposed to the “Low” regenerative mode, it enables an intuitive single pedal driving in many conditions. Hood scoop, flush retractable door handles and back spoiler enhance air flow with a .29 drag coefficient. This feature tops many sports sedans and cars in their stable.

The I-PACE also includes a 3-mode system which alters the driving experience. Specifically, the modes of the vehicle including “Dynamic Mode,” “Comfort Mode” and “Eco Mode” – each of which accurately controls the vehicle in a different way. Dynamic Mode sharpens the throttle and steering responses, while firming up the suspension system for more precise handling. While the Comfort Mode can be used for less-spirited or day-to-day driving, the Eco mode reduces battery load by adjusting the climate of the battery cells with safely heating or cooling while eliminating any other non-essential systems. Each mode, changes the color of the ambient lighting inside the vehicle. These modes are yet another wonderful feature that adds to the pleasant user experience.

Furthermore, the vehicle’s exhilarating driving dynamics with its 394 horsepower and 512 lb-ft torque, produced by its twin electric motors (one at each axle), and its AWD, provide an experience that many drivers will enjoy.

The car is packed with ample road presence and turns heads wherever you go. Its bold, muscular, yet sensual lines make it aesthetically pleasing. This is a true driver’s car.

The Interior

Inside the cabin, the I-Pace comes loaded with an abundance of technology and safety features. Top notch infotainment system alongside of impressive appointments will impress most who step inside. The tempered glass and massive panoramic sunroof create an even more roomier and cozy environment for stargazing. The 825 watt Meridian sound system provides a concert-like experience. Of course, the vehicle also includes interior control panels and digital dials that are all extremely simple and easy to operate.

Comfort and Storage

Beyond it’s impressive all-electric range, its spacious and elegant cabin provide comfort for up to 5 people with ergonomic seating with ample storage in the trunk and, as an added feature, the I-Pace also sports space under the hood as well (aka a frunk). All in all, the total storage rivals that of today’s minivans. This attribute makes the I-Pace great for small families.

Conclusion

The Jaguar I-Pace is one for the history books. The vehicle is extremely difficult to find fault with. It truly has the appearance and spirit of a Jaguar. The comfort and the technology inside the car, as well as its sleek design, create a versatile vehicle perfect for an urban excursion or a local road trip. At $93,000 fully loaded, it’s a force to be reckoned with. This extremely driver intuitive elegantly designed SUV is perfect for a modern family and/or a top level executive.

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