The journey has begun! Dragana is on her trip around the world. Do you want to know where the journey will take her, which activities and events she will take part in and which personalities she will meet? Follow her daily posts right here. Every day, Dragana will be writing her personal blog, recounting all her experiences.
One might think that Dusseldorf does not have that much to offer like previous five NEVERSTOPMOVING destinations. However, Germany gave nice final touch to the NEVERSTOPMOVING adventure. After two hectic weeks, it was really nice to take relaxing tour around beautiful parks of Dusseldorf and the old city with houses and churches from 13th century. Especially, because I thought that Dusseldorf is strictly business city, but actually it has so much for tourists, too. As in all the other destinations also here I had a local guide who was expert in culture and history, so I learnt a lot about the city. We ended the city tour in brewery Kurzer. This is the newest brewery in the city, located in the cellar of one of the oldest buildings in the old city. The place is really cozy, and they have great beers. If you visit Dusseldorf, I recommend you to check it ;)
In the afternoon, after enjoying spa and gym facilities in Melia hotel, we hit the road to Essen with United Limousines where I attended famous Red Dot awards for best design in 2011. Maurice Lacroix designer Sandro Reginelli was one of the winners of best of the best design award for Pontos Decentrique Phases de Lune Watch. It is really a great success as the competition is pretty fierce, and only less than 1% of the entries manage to pass the tough jury. After the spectacular ballet, we went for the party at Red Dot Design museum. That is one of the coolest places I have ever seen. Just imagine the museum in the old factory, where you can touch and try all designers’ products. The waiters keep bringing nice food and drinks, and DJ is playing great music…that was definitely really great way to spend the officially last NEVERSTOPMOVING evening.
Monday, 4th July 2011
Crazy traffic, incredibly nice places, and even nicer people – that is shortly my impression of Istanbul. I literally didn’t stop moving here, from the early morning to late at night. I had the best guides ever from Maurice Lacroix and Time Out magazine – Merve, Hande, Ertan and Murat. Guys, I really don’t have enough words to thank you enough for the amazing day. Big thank you!
My day in Istanbul started with a boat cruise around Bosporus. Then we had a lunch in one of the lovely restaurants at Bebek. Then we visited Yildirim, famous beauty salon where all Turkish celebrities are coming. After I had my hair, nails and make up done, we continued with shopping in Kanyon Shopping Mall and in busy Istiklal Cadessi street. I tried the famous Turkish ice cream here. Also in this street, we saw a contemporary art exhibition of Australian artist, Patricia Piccinini. And we didn’t stop here :) We continued with some drinks and dinner, and finally with partying in Reina club, which is the most beautiful nightclub I ever have seen. It is on open air, with the most astonishing view over Bosporus.
Luckily I was lodged in Swissotel, so after the exhausting day I couldn’t miss the opportunity to enjoy in their beautiful pool and spa, including the Turkish bath, of course.
By the way, I was photographed all day long, so the report from my amazing day in Istanbul will be covered in august issue of Time Out Istanbul magazine. Can’t wait to see how it will look like ;) I am totally impressed with Istanbul and its nice people, and I can’t believe I didn’t discover this city earlier. I definitely plan to come back here soon.
Friday, 1st July 2011
When I entered NEVERSTOPMOVING competition, my main mission was to make the trip sustainable. Above all, I wanted to demonstrate that luxury and sustainability can go together. On my last day in California, I met a man who has exactly the same vision. This main is Henrik Fisker, one of two founders of Fisker Automotive. Before Fisker Automotive, owners of hybrid cars always had to sacrifice their comfort for environmental responsibility. Fisker cars are the first luxury environmental friendly cars that you can drive without sacrificing the emotional things that made us fall in love with cars in the first place such as power, speed, comfort… In less than 4 years this company grew so rapidly that nowadays it has 300 employers, and growing market in United States, Canada, Europe, and even China. Above all, in such a short time Fisker Automotive attracted investments of over billion dollars.
Headquarters of Fisker Automotive in Anaheim, in California are completely sustainable to the tiniest details: the building has LEED standard, all wooden furniture is from reclaimed wood, carpets are from recycled materials… I was really fascinated with the commitment of employers to be environmental friendly. Above all, Henrik Fisker is truly an inspiration. You can imagine how busy he is with leading such a successful company. However, he took a time to show me around the company, and explain me more about innovative technologies they are using. He was also very curious about NEVERSTOPMOVING.
Finally, I had a chance to see Karma, a model that will be available for sale from August. Henrik was so nice, and he even trusted me to reveal the information on who will be the first buyers of this beauty. Of course, I can’t tell that to you, but you will find out in just a couple of months. I can just tell that they are very important people :) And I will probably wait for Nina, a smaller and less expensive model that will be available in few years.
I am very confident that Maurice Lacroix couldn’t choose better ambassador than Henrik Fisker. By the way, he has the same black Masterpiece as mine. I will so important ;)