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A’jia Hotel

A distinguished boutique Hotel located in Istanbul, Turkey, A’jia  is a traditional Ottoman mansion that jewels the Asian shores of the Bosphorus. With well appointed contemporary interior design, and its centuries old architecture the venue oozes trend and excitement. When you add the extraordinary attention to detail, individualized service and HIP aspect in the mix, hotel experiences is simply redefined.


PUBLIC Chicago: An Ian Schrager Hotel

PUBLIC, conceived by Ian Schrager, is an entirely new class of hotel. Its fundamental attributes are innovative, sophisticated, authentic style; spot-on, personalized, empathic “essential” service; lasting comfort with complete functionality, all at an affordable price and offering tremendous value. For the first time, this type of hotel experience will be available for everyone and anyone who wants it.

PUBLIC Chicago’s 285 spacious and oversized guest rooms and suites are individually furnished with integrity, taste and superb functionality. Decorated in a soothing, “no color” color palette, the interiors evoke a sense of ease and comfort and the character of a home away from home.

The PUBLIC Chicago
1301 North State Parkway
Chicago, IL 60610
Tel: 312-787-3700

The Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

As one of the Kuala Lumpur hotels nestled amidst lush gardens in the heart of the city, the newly renovated Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur sits just 45 minutes from the international airport and just moments from key business and shopping areas.

The Hotel’s 662 newly-renovated guestrooms, including 101 luxuriously-appointed suites, are appointed with modern amenities to offer only the very best in comfort, making Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur as the hotel in the city to have the most number of suites.

Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
11 Jalan Sultan Ismail
50250 Kuala Lumpur
T: (60 3) 2032 2388
F: (60 3) 2070 1514

Kenwood Inn & Spa

“In the heart of Sonoma County, amidst the vineyards, the Kenwood Inn and Spa is the premier destination for visitors seeking gracious treatment, lush surroundings and luxurious accommodations. “

Kenwood Inn and Spa
10400 Sonoma Highway
Kenwood, CA 95452
tel: 707.833.1293
tel: 800.353.6966
fax: 707.833.1247

The Hôtel de Crillon

The Hôtel de Crillon is located in the heart of the city of Paris, on the world-famous Place de la Concorde, offering  accommodations of 103 rooms and 44 suites – including the prestigious Bernstein and Louis XV suites – while preserving an intimate atmosphere.

Hôtel de Crillon
10 place de la Concorde, 75008 Paris, France
Tel: +33 1 44 71 16 16 ‎

Occupy, What?

Location: New York, New York, USA

November 5th was “Bank Transfer Day,” and J.P. Morgan Chase national HQ on Park Avenue in Manhattan was guarded by NYPD like it was a national monument.  The call to the masses to cash-out on the big banks and move their money into credit union accounts and local financial institutions was spearheaded by progressive organizations like But November 5th was also “Guy Fawkes Day,” a day to remember the legendary man and his “gunpowder plot” to overthrow the British monarch in 1605. For some people Guy Fawkes has become a symbol of the Occupy Wall Street movement. But I am not sure if Mr. Fawkes would see eye to eye with the Occupy-Wall-Streeters.

By the time I arrived at Chase HQ at 12:30pm on the fifth of November there was not a single protester there. Groups of NYPD officers loitered around the building in a display of solidarity with Chase Bank, which was my cue to move along. I headed downtown to Zuccotti Park to see what the Occupy-Wall-Streeters were up to. Mingling about the tent-village that has overtaken most of the park were several people in Guy Fawkes masks. These infamous masks were popularized by the film “V for Vendetta” in 2006. However I did not get the feeling there was any “gunpowder plot” underway.

The scene at Zuccotti Park was more like a First Amendment circus than a revolution. A pair of young women taped dollar bills over their mouths and staggered and crawled around the park like baby giraffes taking their first steps. A disheveled middle-aged man hollered over the crowd that George Washington was his Jesus and the Founding Fathers were his disciples. A twenty-something year old vagabond asked my friend for some change while we photographed the plethora of signs, banners, and tents surrounding us.

What I witnessed in Zuccotti Park on November 5th was not a revolution or “gunpowder plot,” but it was something to be taken serious. Critics of  Occupy Wall Street have disregarded the movement as a rally of misguided hippie-wonnabes that will be evicted by winter’s chilly approach. However I believe it is unwise to label the Occupy-Wall-Streeters as irrelevant. One day very soon a charismatic, Guy Fawkes-wannabe may emerge from his tent in Zuccotti Park and turn this rally into a real revolution.

Written by Paul T. Lotierzo

The Langham London Hotel

The Langham London Hotel is a veritable icon among London hotels, offering impeccably luxurious surroundings on Regent Street, one of the city’s premier locations.

The Langham London Hotel offers “luxury, five-star” accommodations; dining room, lounge and bar; fitness club; comprehensive facilities for meetings, events and weddings; and complimentary WiFi internet connection.

The Langham London Hotel
Regent Street, 1C Portland, London, UK W1B 1JA, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 20 7636 1000

Taj Mahal: A Manifestation of Love and Beauty

The Taj Mahal is one of the “Seven Wonders of the World.” It is a remarkable showcase of
human ingenuity erected on the idea of everlasting love. Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan had the Taj
Mahal constructed for his wife, Princess Mumtaz Mahal. The unyielding love between these two
people in time is the reason the building exists today for us to marvel. In 1631CE Shah Jahan
commissioned twenty-two thousand laborers with one thousand worker elephants to build the epic
monument in memory of his beloved wife. Mumtaz Mahal died giving birth to their fourteenth child
several months prior. It was built from white marble that was transported from all over India and
Central Asia. An epitome of love, it was completed in 1653CE and restored by the British in the early
twentieth century. Nothing less than this incredible structure would satisfy Shah Jahan's desire to have
his wife's memory live on. The Shah and his wife lie entombed in the mausoleum together to this day.
The Taj Mahal is a testament to the pervasive and timeless power of true love.
Written by: Paul T. Lotierzo

The Peninsula New York Hotel

The Peninsula New York is one of The Peninsula’s luxury hotel chains that is located on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 55th Street in New York.  The hotel offers patrons “intimate ambiance” of complimentary spa, fitness, dining and transportation services.

The Peninsula New York

700 Fifth Avenue (at 55th Street)
New York, New York, 10019, USA
Telephone: (212) 956-2888; Fax: (212) 903-3949

UNA Celebrates The 150th Anniversary of The Unification of Italy

“UNA is the official wine of the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy. Created to celebrate the history and culture of Italian wine country, following the combination of 20 wines from native grapes indicated by the Departments of Agriculture of all Italian regions, carefully selected from Assoenologi (Enotecnici Italian Winemakers Association), it expresses the true spirit of Itay, the love for their land, the expertise, art and industriousness of its people.”

UNA, red wine of Italy
The 20 indigenous red grape varieties that gave rise to “UNA, red wine of Italy”

Valle d’Aosta: Petit rouge
Piemonte: Barbera
Lombardia: Croatina
Liguria: Rossese di Dolceacqua
Veneto: Raboso
Trentino Alto Adige: Teroldego
Friuli Venezia Giulia: Refosco dal peduncolo rosso
Emilia Romagna: Sangiovese
Toscana: Sangiovese
Lazio: Cesanese di Affile
Umbria: Sagrantino
Marche: Lacrima
Abruzzo: Montepulciano
Molise: Tintilia
Puglia: Negroamaro
Campania: Aglianico
Basilicata: Aglianico del Vulture
Calabria: Gaglioppo
Sicilia: Nero d’Avola
Sardegna: Carignano

UNA, white wine of Italy
The 20 indigenous white grape varieties that gave rise to “UNA, white wine of Italy”

Valle d’Aosta: Priè blanc
Piemonte: Cortese
Liguria: Vermentino
Lombardia: Trebbiano di Lugana
Veneto: Garganega
Trentino Alto Adige: Weissburgunder
Friuli Venezia Giulia: Friulano
Emilia Romagna: Pignoletto
Toscana. Vernaccia di San Gimignano
Umbria: Grechetto
Lazio: Malvasia
Marche: Verdicchio
Abruzzo: Trebbiano
Molise: Falanghina
Puglia: Fiano
Campania: Fiano
Basilicata: Greco
Calabria: Greco bianco
Sicilia: Grillo
Sardegna: Vermentino

Photo credits:

Design by Cibicworkshop: Aldo Cibic with Tommaso Corà
Art direction: Riccardo Facci
Graphic design: Facci&PolliniPhotos: Pietro Chillesotti