One of the items on the top ten touristy things to do in Saigon is a visit to the Mekong Delta. So, on a very sunny day, I decided to book a tour of that place. It was a half day tour, and I think it started at 2pm somewhere in the center of Saigon. Took a Grab there from my apartment, and I think it was about 25,000 Dong. Not a very long ride, from District 10. I don’t even remember how much I paid for the tour, but it would not have been more than $100. Quite possibly less than that.

The tour would start in Saigon, then a 2 hour drive to the river. From there a boat ride to a spot on the river where they bus in all the tourists of the world… 🙂 No, I should not complain. Like any tourist destination, it was crowded, but I also faced a prospect of waiting 2-3 hours to get on the Eifel Tower in Paris, so…

We had a quick walk into one of the villages there. I am sure it was not a proper village, where people actually lived. It was constructed for the tourists. With stalls of garbage to buy, etc. We listened to some local music, had a refresher of some local fruit, and we got onto the boat.

I saw a boat market in Thailand, and this one was even busier. At the ramp, there would have been at least 100 little rowing boats waiting for tourists. It was difficult to get through. Once we got on, the took us on a ride through the bush and it was actually very pleasant. I took a video of the boat ride:

After the boat ride, we got to have lunch. I also hired a bicycle and rode around the village. That was pleasant too. And of course people lived in normal houses, not in huts like the tour suggested earlier.

Lunch was nice. Seafood and rice was the main dish. I actually met some Polish people there too. We sat at the same table. They were doing a 2 week tour of Vietnam and this Mekong Delta sigh seeing was their last stop before they were heading back to Poland. it was good to speak in my mother tongue again. Actually, I found that Vietnam is a very popular destination for Polish tourists.

On the way back we stopped at a Buddhist temple, but the temperature was so high, I didnt want to spend too much time there, and sought refuge in our air-conditioned bus. Also, the temple was quite new. Didn’t have the charm of some of the really old Buddhist temples I visited in Ha Noi, later on.

In all, I think it was a very nice trip. Well worth the money I spent.

Weekends are better spent someplace else. I can go away pretty much any day, since I don’t work in the office anymore, but the weekend has a certain vibe. I like the weekendy feel. So if the weather looks good enough we travel. Not very far, just a day trip. Normally no more than 200km.

Austinmer is a little town about 140km south of Sydney. It takes a bit of time to get out of Sydney, but once there, there is little traffic, and all the little towns down south make you slow down. There is no rush like in Sydney. People go for a stroll around the shops. Walk on the beach. Everything is slower, and seems more friendly.

The beach itself is not very big, but it never really gets very crowded. they usually get a bit of swell too, so every now and then we saw some board riders in the waves. This time however the beach was completely deserted. Signs everywhere urging people to stay away. And it was not hard to see why. The waves were massive. I have never seen bigger waves at Austinmer. It was actually quite scary.

No board riders, no surfers. A few people taking pictures. Including me.

It wasn’t even that windy. But it was not pleasant to be out there. So we did a bit of a stroll on the beach, got some fresh air in our lungs, and decided to slowly drive back home. We took the scenic road. Among the many little villages along the way.

We stopped at Stanwell Tops. It’s an area which has the best view of the south coast. Standing about 400m above the see level, on a good day we could see almost to Wollongong. Paragliders take off from that spot, but not that day. I guess the winds were not friendly.

A few pictures below from Austinmer Beach. They don’t really show how big the waves were, as they are a bit far, but scary enough. We have not been there yet, since that day, but we’re due. It’s a very pleasant day trip.

We’re in the middle of winter here in Sydney and the weather is really bad. It rains every second day, and it’s really cold outside too. It’s not the winter we’d expect from a warm continent like Australia, but unfortunately, the global warming isn’t working at the moment. For some reason.

We had a few hours to spare so decided to use the spike in temperature and a bit of sun to go for a walk. We normally go walking just where we live, but this time we wanted to enjoy the view as well. There are many places in Sydney to enjoy a nice view, but the coast is just the best part of Sydney.

The closest place to see the ocean from us is the area of Botany Bay. It’s not just close geographically, but also there is the least amount of traffic going there. Although, this Sunday it took us well over 30 minutes to get there. Luckily, it was worth it. The weather was nice and the temperature bearable.

We didn’t expect to see so many people on the track. However, with this lockdown recently, and a bit of sun, a lot of people came out. At the actual lookout, there were hordes of people. One can get to the lookout following a foot trail, but there is also a road going there. One has to pay the park entry fee to use it, but most people oped for it, instead of walking. We wanted to walk. Get some exercise, that was our goal. And not having to pay park entry fee was just a bonus.

There is a lookout there where people can see whales traveling up and down the coast. A lot of people were using binoculars trying to spot whales, but from the look on their faces, they had no luck. We just decided to sit down comfortably and enjoy the sun and a fresh breeze from the ocean. Being locked in our home for days on end is just not healthy. It was really nice in the sun. Jacket off, lying down and looking at the ocean. Very relaxing.

Lucky for us, we checked the sky every now and then, because the storm came very quickly. The first drops of rain came as we were rushing back to the car. By the time we arrived back home, it was a completely different day outside. Dark and gloomy. And it was bucketing rain. Misery like most of the winter days lately. We had a little walk, and we enjoyed as much sun as we could. We have to replenish the vitamin D. Can’t rely on pills all the time.. 🙂

Below are a few pictures I took with my phone. I used to bring my big camera to walks like that. These days, if I don’t get paid, I don’t carry a big camera. 🙂 It’s really not worth the effort anyway. The nature looks dull during the day, especially in the bright sun. Too much contrast. Too… no good. So the phone pictures are just to remind me that I went there. Not to show off the place.

How I get to Hoi An Vietnam?

To hit this extraordinary and wonderful place with more than 2000 years old of History and award by the UNESCO since 1999. The best time to visit Hoi An in Vietnam is between February and April in these months Hoi An will offer low rain and great temperatures. Hoi An doesn’t have an airport or railway station, the only way to arrive is by bus cost about $6 USD, taxi or private car it cost about $20 USD from the airport of Da Nang and it takes you about 45 min. The nearest railway station is in Da Nang and then you need to take a bus or taxi.

Ones you have arrived to Hoi An, are a plenty of good places to stay you can find price per night form $15 USD 3 stars hotel, $35 USD for 4 stars hotel to $75 USD 5 stars hotel, you can get your booking accommodation through Kayak, hotels, Expedia, Agoda or booking.

How long is enough to stay in Hoi An city of Vietnam?

Usually this 3 – 4 days you will have time to delight and enjoy all in Hoi An, Vietnam.

Things to do in Hoi An:
  • Walk around the Old Town
  • Appreciate the Japanese covered bridge
  • Visit the Hoi An Museum
  • Tour the Tan Ky family house
  • Go to the Central Market of Hoi An
  • Visit the Fujian Hall Assembly Hall
  • Check on the Quan Cong Temple
  • Go the west of Hoi An to visit My Son Ruins
  • Visit the museum of Trading Ceramics
  • Hoi An Night Market
  • Tra Que Vegetable Village
  • Hoi An Cathedral
  • Ly Art Gallery
  • Au Lac Wood Art
  • Hoi An theater
  • Aum’s yoga Vietnam
  • Lucky Healing Spa
  • Hoi An riverside

Also, Vietnam is known for its beautiful beaches. The main beach near Hoi An is called Cua Dai and is approximately 5 km from the Old Town.  You can hire a bicycle, gets a taxi to go there or maybe your hotel has a free shuttle to the beach, another great one is An Bang Beach it is less crowded, in any of them you can be amazed by marvelous sunset.

Ahh!! But we can not forget the local food also it is very cheap and delicious, the signature dish of Hoi An is the Cao Lau consists of thick rice noodles, slices of barbecue pork, greens and crunchy croutons this dish can cost between 10.000 VND to 50.000 VND in US dollar is about 0.43 USD to 2.16 USD, others main dishes from the region are: White Rose Dumplings, Vietnamese Turmeric Noodles is cost between 15000 VND to 25000 VND, Fried Tofu and Rice Vermicelli with Fermented Shrimp Paste Sauce, and the dishes continue, but to have in mind per day only in food you can spend as little as 8 USD approximately 185000 VND.

Here is an estimate calculation that a couple can invest for 3 days in Hoi An on Transport form Da Nang, Food, accommodation, and mix transportation:

  • Transport form Da Nang to Hoi An both ways: 40 USD
  • Food and water: 60 USD
  • Accommodation: 150 USD
  • Local transportation: 60 USD

The Real Beijing Experience – An Insight Into The Capital Of China

Any travel website or guide will give you a lot of information about Beijing, the capital of China, the most populous country in the world. However, to really get a feel of what a city has to offer, you need to be there, breathe in the air, get a feel of the atmosphere, taste the food and observe the local people and their life. This is possible only with a firsthand account, and this is what you are going to get here.

Beijing has a lot to offer to a visitor. Like most capital cities, it is the center of political, cultural, economic and trade activities in the country. You will be able to see many historical attractions giving you a glimpse into the ancient past. You will also understand why it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world with more than 4 million international tourists and 140 million domestic tourists coming in every year.

The atmosphere and feel of Beijing:

Summer (June to August) is a tough time to visit Beijing with high temperatures and frequent unpredictable rains which can throw the chaotic traffic conditions into disarray. More on that later. Coming back to the atmosphere, the city wears a gloomy post apocalyptic feel with dark cloudy skies blocking the sunlight. Hot and humid conditions make you feel even more miserable. Steam rises from the underground tunnels as the rainwater evaporates.

Even though the rains come without warning and can make life difficult, people in Beijing pray for rains and are glad when it rains well. A good rain is the only hope for clearing up the dust and smog of the city. It also clears up the sky allowing for a few sunny days which can cheer everyone up.

Traffic conditions:

Only a trip through South Asian cities can prepare you for the traffic conditions in Beijing. There are no rewards for following rules, if at all there are anything like rules. The traffic can be described as a chaotic movement of vehicles and people. All types of road-users including bikes, rickshaws and pedestrians seem free to go where they want. It all seems like one big game of wizard chess where everyone moves into every available space until they choke up the roads.

Bikers don’t wear helmets even in these difficult conditions. Despite the chaos very few accidents occur. I am not sure if it is the slow speed at which traffic moves under the circumstances or the amazing level of skill these people have attained in negotiating the traffic conditions here that is contributing to the low accident rates.

The best mode of transport in Beijing:

Considering the traffic situation, only the most maneuverable vehicles can really get you somewhere fast and rickshaws fit the bill perfectly. They have this knack of making progress on chocked roads by driving on the footpaths, going the wrong way on one way streets and in general disregarding all road rules.

Lights and indicators probably don’t come as part of standard equipment for rickshaws as many are without these essential devices. However, that doesn’t prevent them from operating at night. A rickshaw ride through Beijing can be as exciting as the ride of an adventure theme park, the only difference is that in this case there is real danger. If you want to know what it is like, take a look at James Bond’s rickshaw ride in Octopussy. You will have your heart in your throat during the ride and will thank your stars when you get off alive.

Other modes of transport:

Rickshaws are best for getting around, as they operate from door to door, but the bus is the cheapest mode of transport in the city. The typical fare is one yuan per trip, but you should know which one to get into and where to get off. It is definitely not the best transport method for someone who is not familiar with the place.

Hiring a cheap taxi is a better option, but they are in short supply especially near places frequented by tourists. A more comfortable option is to hire a car with a driver for a few days, but at close to 600 yuan a day they are relatively more expensive.

The city and the crowds:

Beijing can seem like a huge concrete jungle with never ending rows of high-rise apartments. This is understandable as the only way to accommodate more people in a given area of land is to build taller buildings. This leaves the city with no suburban feel and you will find that most places are crowded.

There are many interesting modern buildings with interesting architecture. One is the CCTV tower which stands 1268 feet tall. It is a tower shaped building with a revolving restaurant on the eighteenth floor which takes about an hour and a half to complete one full rotation. It is a nice place to get a bird’s eye view of the city while you enjoy a nice meal.

IBM tower is another example of daring architecture. It is a 25 floor commercial building and as the name suggests, the Beijing office of IBM is located in it.

Food:

Food is fresh, delicious and cheap. If you are in Beijing, you should not miss the famous Peking duck. Also called the Beijing duck, this roast duck is one of the most famous foods of China. There are many famous Peking duck restaurants in the city like the Quanjude Beijing Roast Duck restaurant and the Dadong Peking Duck restaurant. Pecking duck is usually served with pancakes, sweet noodle sauce and spring onions.

If you are looking for something exotic, the Wangfujing Snack Street is the place to go. It is packed with food stalls offering a wide variety of local street delicacies. You can either settle for the less exotic Chuanr (meat kebabs, commonly made of lamb) or for fried scorpions and insects which can give you an Indiana Jones experience.

You can be sure that the fried insects are fresh as some of them are still alive when they are on the skewers. I didn’t see any locals eating it, so it could just be a tourist only delicacy.

If you are looking for something simpler, I recommend you try baked sweet potatoes from a local farmer. At five yuan for three pieces, it is definitely worth it. You have to be careful about what you drink, especially on the streets. Water borne diseases like diarrhea are common. When you are in doubt, it is better to stick to hot beverages like tea or coffee.

A good massage is very relaxing after a tough day in Beijing. Massage parlors offering cheap massage for about nine dollars an hour are available round the clock. Another thing that deserves mention are the toilet facilities. Be prepared to use the hole in the ground Asian style toilets which may be your only option in some places.

Beijing’s Finest Attractions

Beijing is a place ripe with historical sights and serene
locales. Being the heart of China, Beijing has always held a special place in the eyes of all those whom visit. The cultural atmosphere is breathtaking and can be an exciting experience. Beijing travel encompasses various options due to the rich history of the city and its immense size. This article will help discuss some of the potential options one could visit while roaming around Beijing.

The Forbidden City (Imperial Palace)

This is in the core of Beijing and is a must visit. Being the control central of previous dynasties in China, this place has significant historical base. The Ming and Qing dynasties were both situated within The Forbidden City. The imperial Palace was divided into two separate parts; one for business and other for the emperor’s family. This setup ensured the palace is one of the largest in the world and is a breathtaking sight for all that visit.
It is now open for tourists and is kept under care. This historical premise behind ‘The Forbidden City’ is maintained and represents Ancient Chinese history. Those who are intrigued by the nature of China’s past will be fascinated by this particular destination.

The Nine Dragon Wall

This particular wall was a renovation job done in the late 1700s. It was done as a method to perk up the appearance of The Forbidden City and establish privacy from the outside. It is a sight behold due to the intricate designs and patterns emerging from the wall. It is a must see for those that decide to venture out to the city.
Back in Ancient China’s history, illustrating dragons was a privilege only emperors had. This is one of the reasons for the wall being laced with depictions of dragons. In Chinese history, the dragon hold a significant role in the betterment of society. It is revered as a creature that has saved China from past and present destruction. There are countless types of dragons and each has its own powers. Unlike the assumed nature of dragons, they are depicted as friendly creatures by the Chinese.

The Summer Palace

It doesn’t get more picturesque than ‘The Summer Palace’. It is one of the more highly visited places in Beijing due to its scenic nature. The beautiful symphony of hills, palaces and temples make for the picture-perfect setting. This is an impeccable example of Chinese culture and their determination to present flawless creations.
The Summer Palace is a place of perfection. It has been designed to appear picturesque to all that visit. It has a peaceful feeling to it and this comes from the development of ‘Chinese garden designing’. The art form is a particular passion for those in China and this is one of their best projects. It is a must visit for all those that visit Beijing.

The Great Wall

Not much has to be said about this ‘wonder of the world’. When the name of ‘China’ is uttered on the lips of foreigners, the ‘Great Wall’ is often the next term to be stated. China and this beautiful creation are attached at the hip for eternity. It is China’s more esteemed creation and is a must see for all the tourists that visit Beijing.
It is a matter of pride for the Chinese as its creation marks their identity. Being 8.850 kilometers long, travelling across The Great Wall is not possible. However, the portions found within Beijing are spectacular and establish the fortitude of the Chinese as people. While, the claims of this wonder being viewed from the moon are false, it is still a magnificent piece of architecture.

Ming Dynasty Tombs

This is also known as the ‘Thirteen Tombs of The Ming Dynasty’. Located in the Chingping district, this encompasses the history of China and all that represents it’s past. As the number in the first sentence suggests, there are thirteen emperors buried in the area. All of these emperors held important roles in building China as it is right now.
As with any royalty, the places of burial are sacred and important. They are marvellous destinations to visit due to the aura of the personalities that lie there. All history buffs will be eager to visit the Ming Dynasty Tombs due to their prominence in China’s past.

Tiananmen Square

The protests of 1989 will forever live in the minds of the world. The countless deaths of innocent people will forever be regretted. Yet, this is a fascinating place to visit due to the historical value of the setting itself. The political power of the setting and its location in the heart of Beijing makes it thoroughly important.

Beijing Hutongs

While, hutongs have diminished in order to upgrade the local areas, there are still a few. What is a ‘hutong’ you may ask? They are basically alleys that are made from the lining of houses and other similar structures. Each hutong has its own stories and are specifically named by the locals.

Temples of Heaven

Spiritual value is important in China and this can be seen in the ‘Temples of Heaven’. Built in the 15th century, there is certainly an atmosphere around the place. This is Beijing’s connection between the spiritual and humans. It is the place to connect with God and cleanse oneself. This peaceful setting is a wonderful place to visit in order to partake in China’s core culture.

Beihai Park

This is a massive park that is riddled with temples and palaces. For those looking to relax and simply soak in the setting, this is a delightful place to visit. The park has numerous spots that make splendid spots for picnics. It is open to the public and is 69 hectares in area, so there is a lot available to explore and take in.

Shichahai

Travelling can take a lot out of people, sometimes all one wants to do is party. Shichahai (the lake areas) are sublime hotspots for those looking to drink and party. All of the fun loving people of Beijing tend to gather here and have a ball. The night life in this area is part of the journey as a tourist.

Jingshan Park

This is an artificially created hill that is nearby to ‘The Forbidden City’. There are various pavilions within the area that lie on the peaks of Jingshan Park. These pavilions are now available to visit and simply relax in. There is some historical value as an emperor hung himself during the 1600s at Jingshan Park.

Wangfujing Street

What is tourism without shopping districts? China is laced with spectacular places to visit, but when it comes to shopping ‘Wangfujing Street’ is brilliant. It is ripe with various shops to fulfill all possible needs one could possibly think of. Encompassing the Chinese culture and all it has to offer, it can be a goldmine for tourists looking to find souvenirs and other items of need.

Concluding Thoughts

Beijing is full with lovely places to visit and take in. These places are spread across the city, but all hold significant value on their own. All of the listed places are ranked as ‘must see’ for those that have never been to Beijing before.

Silver jewellery
Silver jewellery is the best form of jewellery found in the market because they have various benefits as compared to other forms of jewellery. 925 silver jewellery is a standard type of silver jewellery made by craftsmen. It is a better type of silver jewellerry because pure silver cannot be used in jewellery making because it is malleable and cannot be damaged easily. Pure silver also tend to become very soft even when temperatures are normal. This is the reason why 925 silver is used in making the jewellery instead of the pure silver. 925 silver jewellery are made by mixing pure silver with other alloys making it stronger and resistant from damage and scratches.

Craftsmen prefer mix copper and pure silvers when making 925 silver jewellery because copper is much cheap and also the refining techniques have improved. This makes the 925 silver jewelry cheaper making them affordable to many people with different economic abilities. It is cheaper and easy to prevent tarnishing of the silver jewelleries because it just only involves putting them in a lemon solution or limejuice making them shine as if they are new. This makes them inexpensive and economical as compared to other types of jewellery for example those made of gold and platinum. They are also far ahead in elegance and design than other types of jewelleries. The alloy used in making 925 silver jewellery adds their quality making them more durable and attractive. 925 silver jewellery are not reactive because silver do not tarnish or form silver oxide in air or in water.

The beauty of 925 silver jewellery increases with age whereby the appearance takes on a soft sheen as time goes. The softness of silver makes the jewellery more durable than other types of jewellery. The other good thing about buying 925 silver jewellery is that it is an investment because by holding it one tends to enjoy the investment. This is because of the fact that they do not tarnish making them last for many years. The 925 silver Jewellery are designed in ways that they can be worn by men and women and also designed for both fair skinned and dark skinned people. They are also available in wide variety in styles, designs, patterns which is difficult to get in other type of jewellery. This allows people have a wide variety to select from when buying.

The silver jewellery is attractive and healthy to wear because silver is needed in the body for various functions. Silver is needed in our bodies to keep balance of body elements. It also helps in keeping the blood vessels elastic, formation of bone, skin formation and repair. It is believed that when one wears silver jewellery, it stimulates the flow of energy helping accumulation of more energy in the body. 925 silver jewellery helps us to avoid lethargic tendencies making a person feel stronger and be able to concentrate on thoughts. Silver also tend to be absorbed in the body and provides pain relief effects according to studies in the Eastern countries.
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Louis Vuitton, the one and only choice.

What it stands for:
Louis Vuitton or shortly LV, a popular name in the fashion industry was founded by its owner Louis Vuitton in the year 1854. The headquarters of Louis Vuitton is situated in Paris, France. LV stands for one of the most trusted and fashionable brand name in the world. They are famous for their wide range of products from leather bags and luxury trunks to various lifestyle accessories. It has been named as the world’s most valuable brand in luxury for seven consecutive years.

Why only original LV?
The bags manufactured by LV are both fashionable and elegant. They are the perfect harmonizing mixture of beauty and persistence. The immaculate finishing and materials used in the bags make them the reason for ecstasy. But as always, there are also fake models available in the market that uses the brand name of LV to sinfully sell themselves to the customers. But they can only copy the look of LV and not the feel that the original LV products provide. Most of the customers are not aware of these fake models and unknowingly keeps on buying them at the end of the day.

5 reasons to buy authentic LV bags over fake:-

  1. LV bags give you the perfect balance between style and money: Although the brand name stands for one of the most valuable name in the fashion industry the products it makes are however affordable and economical. On comparison to what value the brand name holds, the company charges it customers solely for the quality it provides with its bags and not for the brand name they carry. This makes them the perfect value for your money
  2. They have a variety of options: The variety of style, design and quality that they produce is humongous. Customers can select from the long list of designs and options that will perfectly suit their need and test. For example if a person is not fond of a design that bears logo, then there are variety of options to choose from.
  3. The brand name stands for durability and persistence: The quality of the products is really extraordinary. The material used not only gives them a sublime look bit also gives them that strength and stamina to really last long. The traditional bags made by them are the highest in quality available in the market. They even provide their customers the facility to repair their bags when required which no other brand faking the style of LV will provide.
  4. The shape and details in work: Those at Louis Vuitton not only focus their concentration on the look and material but also on the feel and shapes. A person carrying these bags will never feel uncomfortable carrying them. Every minute detail is so perfect that they themselves define the outlook of an individual. They are like a guideline to other brands as they define perfection and idealism. One can never get this perfection and feel from a replica of these bags.
  5. Finally the brand name: The brand itself makes it more desirable than any other bags in the market which copies their style. The fake models can never provide the depth and detail in the outlook that the original will. Apart from this, a fake model can never give that pleasure and comfort to your senses that an original will give you undoubtedly. The brand itself will evoke the confidence within.

Conclusion
So, it is clear that a fake can never be the original and that is why they remain as a mere copy of the original. The uniqueness and boldness that LV gives to its customers is unmatchable and unparalleled. Now after reading this, people will not have to think twice before going for an original one.

The Louis Vuitton Keepall

Louis Vuitton is one of the most enduring, well-known names in the high-altitude industry of retail luxury goods. One tried-and-true test of this is the famous monogram of the brand, two letters that all fashionistas, most women, and not a few men the world over can recognize at a glance.

The fashion house of Louis Vuitton was founded in 1854. Since then, the high-end line of leather goods, clothes, jewelry, sunglasses, and other accessories have gained a large, faithful following in the haute world, and the brand’s status is forever entrenched in the annals of fashion.

This formidable name has translated well into fiscal success for Luis Vuitton. Just this May, Bloomberg reported the Paris-based brand as the world’s most luxurious — for the seventh consecutive year. According to the same report, it is currently valued at almost $26 billion.

The Struggle in the Beginning

So what is it about Louis Vuitton that keeps the monied masses enthralled, enough to keep the iconic monogram in the limelight, as the rich, famous, and wannabe famous continue to wear it in one form or another about their persons?

The empire started by Louis Vuitton in the mid-19th century started with travel trunks. Innovation on his canvas trunks allowed Louis Vuitton to stay ahead of the pack, but soon, imitations and counterfeiting became a problem, especially for his signature product, the Canvas Monogram. It was not until his son, Georges Vuitton, patented the brand’s emblematic symbols – the LV symbol, the quatrefoil and the flowers – that Louis Vuitton also began to grow in the international market.

Introducing, The Keepall

To date, Louis Vuittion maintains three iconic bags in their luggage line, among their numerous collections. The Neverfull, a large tote, the Speedy, a small carryall, and its original, bigger, version the Keepfull, which was first crafted in 1930 and touted as the classic, stylish travel bag to end all travel bags.

On the Louis Vuitton website, in the travel section for men, the Keepall is described with a “timeless shape, lightness, and practical way to carry.” It is also named for its roominess, and the current models, the Keepall Bandoliere 45 and 55, have dimensions that are quite generous for a casual traveler. Both come in four different designs: 1) monogram canvass, 2) monogram macassar canvas, 3) Damier graphic canvas, and 4) Damier Azur canvas.

The Keepall is the bag of choice of stylish travelers who need a deep space, yet do not want to lug along an actual trunk. The bag’s weightlessness and durability means it can be loaded with essentials plus a few more pieces, and it will still look and handle well. The instantly recognizable design is an added boon, identifying the traveler’s understated sense of fashion.

While the Keepall is in light, waterproof canvass, its trim and rounded handles are soft leather. A detachable, longer, leather strap also comes with it, comfortably padded at the shoulder. Care for the Keepall is simple and uncomplicated: damp cloth with gentle soap for the canvas, and soft dry cloth for the leather parts. If done correctly and as often as needed, the lifespan should be comparable to that of leather. Needless to say, something as timeless and elegant as the Keepall should be kept away from rough, scratchy surfaces, damp places, and high heat. The best storage for it is the felt bag that comes with the purchase.

One other special touch that Louis Vuitton offers is hotstamping, or personalizing its products. Customers are allowed the pride of seeing their classic Keepall monogrammed with their initials (dotted or undotted), in a selection of colors, and placed anywhere on the bag. Of course, experienced personnel are on hand to give helpful advice, as this service is only offered in stores.