wanderlust vs. 500bygucci2.6.11
I'm sure it isn't a secret anymore that I am forever harbouring a serious case of wanderlust: I find myself browsing through travel brochures, magazines and websites, craving the opportunity to visit new places all the time. Throughout my life, I have been lucky enough to visit a host of countries, including the beautiful Japan, Malaysia, Spain, Belgium and more. But as ever, it's just never enough.
Gucci have recently teamed up with Fiat in a rather unusual collaboration, to unveil a special edition of the Fiat 500, customised by the Creative Director of Gucci herself, Frida Giannini. Unexpected fashion collaborations typically really 'work' in my eyes: fashion supplemented by other industries is outerworldly in many cases, and this is no exception. A classic Italian car, created by two of Italy's most iconic and respected brands showcases a complementing style and craftsmanship. The colours of the 500byGucci are finished with a unique, sophisticated pearl glass paint, and there are two designs. I personally now need the black, which features sharp black and white interiors. What could be better than a black-on-black car?!
The car is exclusively available online at the moment, in an exclusive automated online sales system. While I know this isn't to everyone's tastes, I genuinely enjoy cars and really liked the idea of this collaboration. I was asked by the lovely people at Ebuzzing to discuss the collaboration, and thought it'd be a great platform to touch upon brands and unexpected collaborations, and of where I'd love to take this car. Because it is now mine, in my ever-so-vivid imagination ;)
If you follow me on Tumblr, you'll know of my adoration and wanderlust for all places Mediteranean and Italian-esque. Nothing makes me more excited than daydreaming about spending an entire Summer roadtripping in rustic Europe. I'd begin in London, of course, and make my way through towns and villages alike to Dover, where I could begin my roadtrip abroad via ferry. I've been to *ahem, travelled through* Calais many a time, and it's always exciting, knowing I'm on my way to a little French village, or to my beautiful Paris. I'd spend a few days in Paris, catching up over coffee with Claudia and exploring some lesser-known areas. I had the chance to visit the palace of Versailles last year, a place that is truly breathtaking and full of so much history.
Then I would drive South-East, towards Fontainebleu, a little commune just outside of Paris. I'd eat a ham and cheese croissant (of course) and visit the historical Royal Chateau that it is so famed for. I would also have to take a whistle-stop tour and snap some photos in Lyon; look at that amazing view with the red-pink rooftops! Finally, I'd make my way into Italy. Of all the countries in Europe, I am most curious to visit Italy, the opportunity has never arisen for me to go to Italy.
Beginning in Milan, cliche as it sounds for a self-confessed fashion-obsessive, I'd spend a day or two perusing the designer fashion houses. I'd also love to try the local, regional cuisine that it is famed for. Milanese cuisine sounds lovely and rich, and very well cooked. With not much knowledge or interest in football, sorry AC Milan, I'd move swiftly on in Verona, for its' beautiful architecture so I can fulfil my wishes of taking photos similar to those I've saved from Tumblr. Then without a doubt, I'd progress to Venice, where I'd spend at least a week, soaking up the Italian culture and food. Obviously I'd indulge in a huge pizza, and a traditional pasta dish. Known as the City of Masks, and the City of Bridges, I would have to conquer my fear of boating and take a trip in a gondola down the Grand Canal. There is honestly nothing more perfect than <I>that</I> view!
I have had a sit down and a think about where to complete my dream European roadtrip. While I have always, <I>always</I> wanted to visit Florence, and my sister informs me it is absolutely beautiful and 'just like the photos', I decided to pass up on Florence just this once, and conclude my roadtrip in Tropea, a beautiful, dramatic coastal town. Something that draws me to this town, as well as the fact it has been proclaimed at widely unknown to British tourists, is the stunning set of views, and the unique zigzag staircase that leads to the beaches. Bloody perfect.
What do you all think of the 500byGucci? It's a lovely, sophisticated take on a car that is typically described as 'cute' by those less-experienced in car terminology. I've been looking at Fiat 500's as a back-up to the Mini Convertible that my Dad promised me for graduation, because Fiats are so nice to drive! And also, which destinations would you hit on a European roadtrip?
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