Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Maybe flying isn't so bad afterall...

"Love is in the Air" by the Black Knights,
the official aerobatics team of the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF)
Interesting research from HSBC bank in the UK this week:
"Ditch the dating app and board a plane. A new study of 2,150 airplane passengers from 141 countries found 1 in 50 of those people met their significant other while flying. That number is higher among domestic travelers, among which one in every 25 Americans will meet their soul mates at 30,000 feet. Those love connections started with a simple hello and conversation, a thing that the majority of travelers still take time to do..." [continue reading in the Washington Examiner]
Just be sure to keep that snoring in check.

Tip: before you get too excited about fellow passengers falling in love, read this very recent and very real cautionary tale.

Related resources
Looking for love? 1-in-50 people find it on airplanes - Washington Examiner
What it's like to fall in love on a plane - Condé Nast Traveler
People Who Fell in Love on Planes Are Sharing Their Stories and There Are so Many More Than You'd Expect - Travel+ Leisure
Looking for Love in a Layover - LayoverIdeas blog

Saturday, August 4, 2018

My Pick: Giancarlo Impiglia on Queen Mary 2

My pick today is a lovely 7-night Canada New England cruise sailing on September 30, 2018 from Quebec City to New York on Cunard's Queen Mary 2 sailing with a very special guest onboard, Giancarlo Impiglia.

Special Guest: Giancarlo Impiglia - Artist and Art Historian

Giancarlo Impiglia is an artist and art historian whose name is renowned in the world of art. His paintings are featured in the permanent collection of The Museum of the City of New York, The Kentucky Derby Museum, Absolut Collection, Sweden, The Pfizer Collection, the Cunard Art Collection, and Elton John's private collection, just to mention a few.

If you have sailed on any of the Queens in the last decade or so - Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary 2 or Queen Victoria - you will be familiar with the work of Impiglia. Impiglia's large murals, commissioned by Cunard.
"[The murals] feature "bold, bright colors and depict scenes of people mingling on an imaginary cruise ship and at other nautical events. The figures are not realistic but rather are flat, geometric shapes, devoid of facial features. The paintings are striking and lively but at the same time, give one pause."
"There are three reasons why the figures in Impiglia's works are devoid of features. First of all, I am not painting portraits, I am painting situations so there is no need for physical features. Also, the images are very stylized and flat. Also, they reflect the idea that we live in a society that is faceless. We do not pay much attention to faces, we pay more attention to other things..." [continue reading on Beyond Ships].
To see the itinerary:
September 30, 2018 - 7-night Canada New England cruise on Queen Mary 2

Space is limited, so please contact me as soon as possible to book your cabin.

More on Giancarlo Impiglia
Artist to the Queens - Beyond Ships
Giancarlo Impiglia - official website
Giancarlo Impiglia: Paintings for the Queens & Collected Works (2012)  – paperback on
Giancarlo Impiglia Paints the Harvest - Dan's Papers
Giancarlo Impiglia Works - Artsy
Giancarlo Impiglia Works - Art Net

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