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Why I prefer to fly Porter Airlines?

meal box of porter airlines with the raccoon Mr. Porter

meal box of porter airlines with the raccoon Mr. Porter

Two words: style and comfort. I like them for their stylishly modern and comfortable lounge at the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. Porter put attention to details. Usually, flying one trip with them will convince you.

Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport lounge

Their brand identity is superb. But for them, it does not stopped with their advertising and their in-flight magazine. The same level of details and attention is integrated in their services.

It is not surprising that Porter looks so hip and different from other airlines when you know that the agency who developed their image is Winkreative, the agency of Tyler Brûlé. He is the Canadian guy who started Wallpaper* magazine.

porter airlines sandwich and salad meal

To give you an idea of what I mean, I took a photo at the free dinner box they served yesterday on the flight from Toronto to Montreal. We had one piece of chicken sandwich. This were made with big chunks of grilled breast chicken cooked with green peppers. The salad was an apple and potato salad. Wine and beer are complimentary. We had a Lindt Milk Caramel Chew for dessert. In a time where airlines are inventing for more and more extra charges, I welcome the old-fashioned way passengers were served on an airplane.

If you wish to know more about their mascot, Mr. Porter and how the raccoon image is completely integrated within the brand, read this excellent interview that Grace of design*sponge did with the illustrator Neal Whittington. He is the guy who created the character.


Bring Home the Essence of Solis Cambrian in Aldenboden

traditional ski villages in switzerland

When we are thinking about the ski in Switzerland we imagine the traditional Swiss ski cottage, a small village like this or the alpine huts popular in James Bond movies. But there are several hotels in Switzerland ski regions that will satisfy the modernism and the hip crowd.

Eating a raclette or a cheese fondue is fantastic. During winter, my husband and I eat one every two or three weeks. In vacation is great to eat local foods but the traditional Swiss menu is small. A dish of rösti (Swiss hash browns) is tasty but if you stay a week or more, you need more variety.

Groovy Ski Resorts


The design hotels bring trendy bars and restaurants as well as a modern style decor. A few cool design hotels emerge in Switzerland. A perfect example is the Solis Cambrina Hotel in Adelboden.

If you are taking of freshen up the ski cottage, consider the idea of going modern style. The interior design shown here is certainly warm and the space look comfortable. The bedroom picture is dreamy inside and outside.


Interior design ideas that you could slip in your house includes the 4-color lamp row and the circular conversation lounge simply made with 4 chairs.

Discover Adelboden

The hotel sits in a relaxed holiday resort located in the middle of the Bernese Alps. Adelboden is characterized by its village atmosphere and has been awarded the “Families Welcome” quality label. So you get the best of both: an incursion in the tradition and the modern.

Adelboden, meaning noble ground is great for ski, all-year long hiking, mountain biking and many more outdoor adventures. You can find some challenging slope since a FIS Ski World Cup at the Chuenisbärgli happens in January every year. The Chuenisbärgli in Adelboden is considered one of the Cup’s most challenging courses with the giant slalom event attracting up to 30,000 spectators. Check out the results of the Aldenboden 2009 giant slalom race held 6 days ago.

+ Solis Cambrian in Aldenboden
+ Winter pleasures in Switzerland


CitizenM Hotel Amsterdam Airport is ready to take your order

citizenM Hotel Amsterdam at Schiphol International Airport

This is not an April’s fool: Be on the first 100 citizens to book a room at the first citizenM hotel and enjoy one night of casual chic luxury, nice towels, huge king size bed and friendly smile for free.

CitizenM (M for mobile) is a new affordable luxury hotel option for travelers to Europe. The first hotel is located at Schiphol International Airport, an amazing international airport that acts as a gateway.

Like in a boutique hotel, the concept behind CitizenM is hip with a fresh attention to details.

Excellent Services

The new hotel chain concept caters to a new type of travelers. CitizenM targets people who value personal choice, modern design, friendly technology and the proximity to a city at an accessible price. Every room has a wall-mounted LCD television with free movie access and provides a free Wi-Fi internet connection.

CitizenM wish to provide you with a unique experience. It starts by asking you while booking your preferred room settings from your favorite color lighting, the room temperature, your preferred music, the amount of daylight you want and more. It is a pretty ambitious plan so I hope they will deliver on site.

Exciting Modern Design

CitizenM participates to the pre-fab movement. The hotel rooms are pre-made in our own special factory off-site with features that you can expect from a luxury yacht or private jet. So yes, the rooms are smaller. Still, you will sleep in a comfortable king size bed. If you want to work in a different setting, you will find a communal working center furnished with Vitra furniture.

The style of the hotel sets it apart from the mainstream hotels. The lobby is made of several contemporary living rooms, furnished with the latest collection of iconic Vitra and Eames furniture. Must be pretty cool to relax there and meet people. If you are hungry, stop by canteenM that will provide a 24-hour choice of signature sandwiches, salads, sushi, warm dishes and more. Order your coffee from the barista and sip a drink at night at the well-stocked bar.

The 100 One-Night Stays Giveaway

The hotel is scheduled to open June 21st, 2008. CitizenM Hotel joins the free marketing trend. Here is an extract for the email I got as a Citizen member this morning with a clear mention that it is not a joke:

You are also guaranteed a 15% discount via For those who have faithfully returned to our Web site trying to book again and again, CitizenM hotels would like to reward your patience by giving away 100 free room nights. The free rooms are valid for one-night stays only, and will go quick, so be the first to book! The smart citizens amongst you won’t be fooled by April 1st.

At this moment, there is still some free room left. I tried the reservation system. It is a little slow but be patient it worked.

Book online: CitizenM Hotel