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KLM Airlines Uses Social Media in the Best Way

From customer service to connecting you with other passengers, KLM has harnessed the power of social media.

COURTESY OF PEXELS /Article by RAMSEY QUBEIN & AFAR

” KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is going to where the customers already are: social media.” This is a great story about how a company in an industry filled with stress for it’s customers is keeping up with technology and giving value-added customer service.   They are accessible to their customers and their customer service staff is trained to take care of customers. They are on several social media platforms from Facebook and Twitter to WeChat and more.  Like several airlines, they respond to customers on social media but get this, they have an estimated 100,000 social interactions a week!  The article is inspiring for travelers. Read the full article here.

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My Savannah

Follow four local Savannahians as they take you on a tour of their city through music, architecture, running and paddleboarding. Be inspired to plan your own visit and discover what “My Savannah” means to you. Video from #MySavannah.

Savannah is a beautiful and quaint town with so much history. It’s a great place to relax, take in the southern hospitality and learn the history of the incredible town.

 

 

Personal Space: a Trend at Las Vegas

FIRST LOOK showcases a range of categories in PERSONAL SPACE, a bathroom vignette that features top colors in cabinetry: white, off-whites and blue-cast grays. What to submit: bathroom vanities, mirrors, wall decor, sconces, personal care products, candles, textiles and trinket dishes, to name just a new.

One Womans Travels Las Vegas Winter 2017 Market Trends

Top colors in cabinetry remain white, off-whites, and blue-cast grays. Gray and off-white are still the neutrals of choice and they abound at Las Vegas market! Whether in the kitchen or the bath, find them in cabinets, vanities, mirrors, wall decor, sconces and more. These colors are calming and peaceful and serve as a wonderful palette for adding splashes of color to your home decor.

Vegas Market Trend: Artist’s Hand

The artist’s stamp, whether by way of signature or slight imperfection, is evident in ARTIST’S HAND, a theme that focuses on all gift and home product categories, especially textiles, accessories, jewelry and furniture. Look for nuance—and perhaps clever and quirky inscriptions—that connect owner and maker.

 

A theme that is focused on gift and home products, especially textiles, accessories, jewelry and even furniture. It is the Artist’s Hand-they leave their stamp whether it’s their signature or a natural slight imperfection, with clever and even quirky inscriptions.

One Womans Travels Las Vegas Winter 2017 Market Trends

I saw this trending at Highpoint and loved what I saw at #DesignLegacy, a wholesale to the trade company with amazingly unique designs! These items will be great finds to put your own signature on the design in your home.

 

2017 Trends: Midnight Garden-Las Vegas Market!

Midnight Garden is a 2017 trend coming out of the 2017 Winter Las Vegas Market. Inspired by nature, yet sultry because of the photorealism, digital effects and the play with dark and light. It has romance and scorched and charred textures luring you to “surrender to the beauty of the night.”

One Womans Travels Las Vegas Winter 2017 Market Trends

 

We can see Benjamin Moore’s color of the for 2017 Shadow in this trend. Shadow can make a room feel warm and cozy. As an accent wall, rug, throw pillows or accessories, this is a beautiful color in a great hue. You’ll see this in the stores.

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Design Trend for 2017: Nourishment-See it at Las Vegas Market!

This year we will see jewel tones, stunning greens, and deep purples. Add those to matte metals and stone embellishments and you get what Las Vegas Market is calling a “Nourishment” theme. Sophisticated and luxurious, rejuvenating the mind and the body. Beautiful!

One Womans Travels Las Vegas Winter 2017 Market Trends

Pantone raised eyebrows with their bold call of the 2017 color of the year: Greenery Pantone 15-0343 but the design industry seems to be willing to incorporate it and who can deny green? Travels Pantone color-of-the-year-2017

If you are concerned about going with jewel tones, try using them as accents in accessories, throw pillows, even an accent wall. Jewel toned accents against neutrals will pop! Feel the nourishing energy from these beautiful colors.

 

 

Relive Pan Am’s Glory Days

I love this! 1970’s Pan Am airplane has been meticulously reconstructed for a dining/dinner theater experience. Oh, the good old days of flying. It’s not like this anymore. http://usat.ly/2ef5GXW

Do you wish for the days when flying was enjoyable like I do?

 

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An Almost Trip to Paris-Almost

My Missed Paris Trip

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Recently, the Maison Objet Interior Design show was held in Paris. Paris is on my list. When a Pilot friend graciously offered me and my husband airline tickets to Paris so I could attend the show and see Paris, well, I didn’t hesitate! It was short notice. So much to do, 2 weeks to get all my work done ahead of time, check out details, find a hotel, heck, learn Paris and a tiny bit of the language. The first thing I did was pull my husband’s passport out to check and make sure it was still valid as I had renewed mine recently. Yep, it was valid through the end of November of this year. I remember thinking, “I’ll need to renew it when we return.”

Checked the State Department website, travel warning to Europe dropped off 8/31/16 and we were traveling after that so I was feeling like this trip of a lifetime was coming together. I even managed to pack for 10 days in carry-on only and I was pretty proud of that. The day we left, we got up at 3 am to fly to Chicago O’hare where we hung out for about 7 hours for the one daily flight to Paris. As we got close to the time we needed to head to the gate, we were at The Bubbles Lounge, having a great glass of champagne, listening to a young man play an awesome piano. I finally felt like it was time to create my first FB post about our trip and it was of this great piano player. And with that, we were off to the gate. As my husband handed his boarding pass to the American Airlines employee, there was a problem and he was asked to step out of line. Seeing this, I stepped out with him.

Imagine our utter shock when we were told that France has a rule that your passport, even though it’s valid, must be valid at least three months from the date of your trip and my husband’s passport expiration date missed that by 2 weeks. We couldn’t board the plane.

I look back and think we should have stayed in Chicago and flown somewhere, anywhere the next day to decompress and process what had happened, oh and have a few glasses of wine. However, my husband, not exactly the same type of traveler as I am (2 weeks notice was like asking him to leave the next day but he said yes for me), he was ready to go home. I frantically looked for options and we ALMOST flew to London, thinking we could take a train into Paris. There was something nagging at me. It was Sunday night, Labor Day weekend, and the train station was closed so I couldn’t get anyone on the phone to confirm that we could even get into Paris. If I could have confirmed this I would have nudged my husband into going but not being sure myself, I couldn’t do it. Tired, in shock, and disappointed, off we go, running to catch the last flight back home. It was 12:30am before we made it home and it took another 2 hours before I could go to bed. Paris, I missed Paris. I got up at 3am, spent 2 weeks of frantic work

I frantically looked for options and we ALMOST flew to London, thinking we could take a train into Paris. There was something nagging at me. It was Sunday night, Labor Day weekend, and the train station was closed so I couldn’t get anyone on the phone to confirm that we could even get into Paris. If I could have confirmed this I would have nudged my husband into going but not being sure myself, I couldn’t do it. Tired, in shock, and disappointed, off we go, running to catch the last flight back home. It was 12:30am before we made it home and it took another 2 hours before I could go to bed. Paris, I missed Paris. I got up at 3am, spent 2 weeks of frantic work and planning to get up at 3 am and fly to Chicago O’hare and spend seven hours, just to fly back home!

It was not until the plane home was in the air that the disappointment hit me and I couldn’t stop the tears. There will be another chance, I hope, to experience Paris. It’s still on my bucket list.

It’s taken me some time to write about this because it was just so shocking, all the planning, lost some money, the excitement and expectation and then the disappointment. It took a while to shake it all off. However, when my Pilot friend posted this article on Facebook, I decided it was time to share this experience with you because everyone should know this. A neighbor who works in Italy said that France, Italy, and Germany have this rule and Belgium is considering it as well. Next time, I will check this out thoroughly. Travel writing, heck travel, is not for the faint of heart and some lessons are painful but I did learn something.

Here is a link to the article, make sure you know before you go.

http://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2016-02-12/when-to-renew-your-expiring-passport

U.S. to Barcelona for $189 on Norwegian

Will you go? Don’t pass up an opportunity to experience Barcelona! Norwegian now can fly internationally and is offering these deals so grab them quickly! They are a discount airline so be prepared to pay for checked and carry-on baggage, meals and more but you can’t beat the ticket prices! Read the article here

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