Wednesday, July 15, 2009

new inspirations: saudi arabia ...

One of our favorite friends (who is always spreading the word about cerulean on his travels around the world!) just sent us these pics from a trip through the Saudi Arabian desert. They were so majestic and foreign that we had to share as inspiration! Of course, we are fundamentally against any nation that inhibits women's rights. This is where we would normally make some stupid joke about being forced to cover up our fabulous clothes and accessories with drab robes and head scarves, but this is serious business, so we will refrain. But we do think that the (American) women in the snapshot below in billowing black robes looks tres chic! Enjoy the images- i hope they inspire some Arabian nights of your own!

Friday, July 10, 2009

precious cargo…

The cerulean travelogue is most often a place to reminisce about adventures around the world, or share stories of other people’s travels in order to inspire us all to live a more exotic and open minded life. One of our favorite quotes is “Travels’ greatest purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.” That just about sums it all up.

However every once in a while, we find something so unique or inspiring a little closer to home that we have to share it. Enter the Madsen bicycles. I would normally write my own little review on this amazing product, but what the company has says it so well, so we have just copied it below.

I can picture myself riding the bicycle in one of my favorite brightly colored tunics and some ballet flats, a Moroccan straw basket in the back is filled with groceries and produce, and the cerulean mascot, Julep, has her black and white head peeking out over the top of the bucket. A perfectly chic mode of transportation for all my precious cargo! MADSEN Cargo Bikes">Click to learn more.

“Madsen Cycles was started with the idea that a bicycle should do more. Whether you want to work more or play more, a Madsen utility bike gets you and your cargo there in style.

After hauling six neighbor kids around in a wheel barrow bucket bolted to the front of our first prototype, we started to realize what a bicycle can really do. But the bucket on the front, like the box of the European design, creates an awkward center of gravity. So we stretched the chassis and put the bucket on the back. With the natural feel and balance of the rear bucket, you can ride with confidence knowing your load is secure and your cargo is protected.

Our production models have come a long way since that first prototype but our mission has stayed the same; a bicycle should do more. We are not the first to place a load on a bicycle but we are the first to do it right. Tested for up to 600 pounds, the Madsen kg271 is as burly as it is elegant.

So whether you use your Madsen Cycle to drop the kids off at soccer practice, pick up your groceries from the market, or pile in your tools for your next project, we hope you’ll fall in love with your new Madsen Cycle—like we have.”