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Vacation Special Feature PACK EASIER Have you ever wished you could stroll over to the airport without the hassle of packing? Or that your luggage would magically appear at your hotel? Well, Garde Robe Online’s one-of-a-kind Luggage-Free Valet service lets you do just that. Members of the luxury storage, organization and valet company just say where and when, and their clothing, toiletries, sports equipment and personal items are delivered straight to their home or hotel. No more packing, unpacking, waiting in baggage claim or Customs lines. And when the trip ends and it is time to pack up and go home, Garde Robe has you covered. The items are retrieved and shipped back for inspection and cleaning. A fashionista’s futuristic dream, Garde Robe stores all garments in newly renovated loft spaces featuring top-of-theline climate control, air purification and an ideal storage environment for long-term preservation of textiles. Storage prices begin at $350 monthly per rack, which stores 50 items, 10 custom shoeboxes and a box for accessories including handbags, wraps, belts and more. For additional information on Garde Robe, or to become a member, call 305.455.0763 or 888.427.3311, email info@garderobeonline. com or visit www.garderobeonline.com. EVENTS:worth January Dubai Shopping Festival in Dubai, United Arab Emirates The festival features a mammoth array of discounts on top fashion designers, grand firework displays over the Dubai Creek and loads of entertainment. February Lantern Festival in China This traditional Chinese festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the first month of the Chinese Lunar calendar. June-November Biennale in Venice, Italy Every other year (only odd-numbered years), Venice is overtaken with special contemporary art exhibits, theater and dance performances and concerts. 66 may/june 2013 the travel June Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, Colorado Enjoy inspired dishes and international wines in a posh mountain setting. July Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain Made famous by Ernest Hemngway’s “The Sun Also Rises,” the festival starts with an 8 a.m. running of the bulls through the streets of Pamplona. Not to worry — if you prefer not to run, the real party starts when the bars open at 9 a.m. August La Tomatina in Bunyol, Spain Every year approximately 30,000 people flock to Bunyol to participate in the largest tomato fight in the world. There are only two rules: You must squish each tomato before throwing, and only tomatoes can be thrown. September-October Oktoberfest in Theresienwiese, Germany The celebration of beer attracts more than six million people who consume a reported six million liters of beer. September-October The Hermanus Whale Festival in Hermanus, South Africa Celebrate the annual return of the southern right whales to the waters of Walker Bay. Hermanus is known as the best landbased whale-watching destination in the world. October Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico Spectators watch 750 colorful hot-air balloons fill the sky. The nine-day fiesta offers numerous special events and competitions. southfloridaluxuryguide.com


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