Giveaway :: Sunny Champagne

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Is it normal for a map to make someone feel grounded? I suppose there are metaphors that can speak both for and against that but I know one this is true: nothing makes me feel more alive than to be surrounded by maps. Perhaps it is the tangible idea that this world is able to be navigated, given the right tools. Perhaps it is the layer of wanderlust that shines under my skin. Or, maybe, it is merely that I think they are beautiful; inherently, perfectly beautiful. There is something about looking at our world, drawn out and organized, that makes me feel like a new person. Add a touch of design and inspired artistry and my heart sings.

When I first spied Sunny Champagne’sOne Colourful World“, I gasped. Given that I am a sucker for maps, I have seen my fair share and appreciate all of the artistry that goes into them. But Pascal Champagne takes it up a notch and I find myself gazing at this piece with such joy, such appreciation, that it is nearly impossible to not feel a sense of renewal. Just in case you aren’t as over the moon for maps as myself, please take some time to peruse the shop and look around. (I’m loving this print for my daughter’s room.) You won’t be disappointed.

Sunny Champagne is giving away two “One Colourful World (blue version)”  art prints to two lucky winners (one each)!  To enter to win, please answer the following question by Wednesday, March 21st. Comments now closed…good luck!
What is the best vacation you’ve ever taken?
tart checking the winners’ box on Monday, March 26th, to see if you’ve won. Good luck!
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    Tequila B says:

    After My first deployment in the Navy. I hadn’t seen my husband and family in a year. My chain of command pulled some strings , so i could leave a week early, before everyone else came back. I flew in and surprised my family in Florida. It was amazing, being unable to see your family for such a long time, reminds you , to never take the small things for granted. Just being able to have a picnic on the beach with my loved ones, is all the vacay I’ll ever need.

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    AmyB says:

    We went on a trip to New Zealand 2 years ago that was the most wonderful time of my life. We conceived our first child (two years ago today! We call him “the Little Kiwi”), hiked in beautiful rainforests, had fantastic coffee in sidewalk cafes, took a water taxi to a hidden beach with epic turquoise water and fulfilled so many dreams. I am still in awe of what a fantastic trip we had. Maybe someday, if we stash our pennies, we will return.

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    Claudie says:

    The best vacation has to be the one that I just got back from.  We went to the beach in Florida and it was lovely.  I love the beach in Winter.

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    I met up with my now-husband in Italy while he was studying abroad there. It was so incredibly beautiful and so fun. Can’t wait to go back!


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    katherine w says:

    My favorite vacation was a few years ago in Highlands, North Carolina. It was an early fall weekend that I caravanned up from GA with friends. The changing leaves, warm days and cool nights, hiking, and exploring made it a bummer to leave but I gained a precious string of memories that can cheer my spirits anytime I replay them. 

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    Anisa says:

    My favorite vacation was when my best friend and I went backpacking in Europe. We saved for a year and were able to travel for about 2 months in the summer. We went to Spain, France, Italy, and Greece. Greece was my favorite part and I can’t wait to go back!

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    coasterkim says:

    My sister and I used to take a “Sister Trip” yearly and my favorite was probably Key West. We had a blast and ate so well!

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    Courtney says:

    The best vacation I’ve ever taken was a trip to China in 2001 with a couple teachers and students from my high school. We visited Beijing, Xian, and Shanghai, and it was a terrific experience. We saw the Terra Cotta warriors, Tianamen square, climbed the Great Wall, and bargained for items while shopping. It was only for a week, but I enjoyed every moment and will never forget that experience.

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    Jessica says:

    My Honeymoon. Just me and my husband in a chalet in the mountains for a week, with nothing to do but hang out, play board games, and enjoy each other’s company.

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    Lindsay says:

    This is a tough one!
    I would have to say the trip I took with my Mom two years ago to Israel was my best vacation. She had worked on a kibutz in Israel when she was a young British woman not much older than me, and was welcomed into a “kibutz family”. She met my Dad who was traveling in Israel one year and next thing she knew she was living in Canada and had us kids! It was beautiful to be able to see her reconnect with her old friends, and gave me an idea of what she was like when she was my age.
    It was amazing to visit a completely different culture to mine; spend time in mosques and in Old Jerusalem and even with kids my own age who are in the Army at nightclubs.

    I was weightless when I floated with my Mom in the Dead Sea and I’ll never forget it.

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    Emma says:

    In 2007 I moved to Athens, Greece to do dissertation research. I worked extremely hard, was extremely lonely, and found the city extremely difficult to live in. My boyfriend came to visit me for a week which turned into the best vacation I have ever had. We walked everywhere, saw everything, sat in sunny places and watched little October clouds speed by far above. That week away from dissertation research, spent with my loved one, changed my attitude toward the big, noisy city and made the rest of that research year a breeze. Since then, this is my favorite tip to everyone who move far away to do work alone: vacation in the new place you live in, and invite all your loved ones to come visit you.

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    Beverly says:

    The best vacation I’ve ever taken was the summer after graduating college, before starting my first full-time job. My best friend and I backpacked around Europe for a month, visiting 10 cities. It was eye-opening, enthralling, and a magnificent experience. We saw great monuments, learned valuable history lessons, and gained cultural experience that a lot of people don’t get the chance to experience. I always feel truly lucky for having had the opportunity to travel around Europe, much less on my own bill! It also makes me look forward to the chance to plan another trip, because we returned with hundreds of ideas of what else we’d like to see and do! The most amazing trip of my life, and one I’ll never forget, with my dearest friend and sister in life!

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    Renee A. says:

    I loved going to DC, there is so much to see and do. I homeschool and it is such a great educational place to visit… one would need to stay more than a month to truly enjoy each and every thing they have to see. There isn’t a place there we haven’t enjoyed and each time we go, it’s keeps getting better. If I win this beautiful print, it is going in my living room so I can enjoy it every single day! I love the world and its many cultures so this print really represents my family since we are a biracial family. It truly is a work of art, I hope I win, I hope I win!!

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    a few years ago, my husband and i rented a car and drove from California to NYC, stopping at various places, including Chicago, Philadelphia, DC, and Boston, along the way. On the way home, we took the train overnight from NYC yo Chicago, then had a sleeper car from Chicago back to Calif. it was SO MUCH FUN!

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    My best vacation in recent memory is going to be the one I’m taking in May. I haven’t been on a long break since my son was born three years ago – just a day here and there. In May, I’m taking him to see my grandmother, his only great-grandmother. There will be rice fields, cows and buffaloes, hopefully a dog. And there will be mangoes and jackfruit and a perennial pond cool in the shade of betelnut trees. How I’m looking forward to this! And if my son really new about the adventures awaiting him, I’m sure he would be too! Thanks for the giveaway. The map is stunning. 

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    Miri says:

    My favorite vacation always was and will be Israel. My heart is eternally in Jerusalem. If not Israel, then Amsterdam. 🙂

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    Marilyn says:

    The best trip I ever took was to Israel…learned so much as I walked in the footsteps of Jesus.

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    Semeeah says:

    It might be Washington DC.I have never went to any other states besides New Jersey,Ohio,New York and Maryland.Those states weren’t very thrilling! :)I hope that I can win this awesome giveaway! 🙂

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    kim g says:

    The most special will always be going to Tanzania and Kenya. I met the most beautiful people.. inside and out… living in some of the most remote villages…it was truly life changing.. Also being able to see animals in their natural habitat was amazing. My first day we were caught in a traffic jam waiting for a mommy and  her baby Giraffe to cross the dirt road. 

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    heather f says:

    it wasn’t exactly a complete vacation because I was with a medical team, but Peru was the most super fabulous place. great shopping, great food, wonderful people and stunning views

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    sam says:

    Was able to take my three kids to CA for the Rose Parade and bowl game – had a great time and a few years later my daughter’s college band marched in the parade!!

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    Ashlee Green says:

    My best vacation was probably my trip to Greece. It was my first time traveling to Europe, I’d been dreaming of seeing the Acropolis since the 6th grade, and I went with my best friend. It was so relaxing and we had a great time driving all over the country. We also took a ferry to a few of the islands. Sunset on Santorini is something I’ll never forget. Someday I want to charter a boat and sail around the islands.

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    echo says:

    I’ve had some wonderful travels to choose from, but living overseas for 9 months probably wins, a really long vacation.

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    Yasmeen says:

    Hmm…favorite vacation? I would say going to Washington DC was my favorite place! It’s such a big city and there’s just so much to do…you can never get bored in DC. It kind of reminds me of NYC with all the buildings, shops, people, etc. I especially enjoyed visiting all the lovely museums! 🙂

    Thank you Sunny Champagne for this wonderful giveaway! I love this map! It’s so unique and I just love the colors! 🙂

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    Lauren says:

    My favorite vacation brought me to Greece, where I learned my love of lamb schawarma. I smile every time I remember jumping from the diving platform in Rhodes into the salty ocean (so scary and exhilarating!)… or remember eating a sea urchin plucked straight out of the water!

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    Trisha says:

    My favorite vacation was with a two friends, one with his parents, the other with his two kids & dog, to a camp on an island on the Georgian Bay. There was electricity for lights and a small radio, but no phones, computers or contact with the outside world. Just one wonderful week of swimming, sunsets and kayaking. 

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    Kelly says:

    My favorite was a recent camp on the shore of Suttle Lake, OR..  We relaxed, walked the shore, kayaked the lake, were joined by most excellent friends by the fire and enjoyed the stars along with each other. 
    Amazing and great chill time.

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    Ana M says:

    My favorite vacation spot is Disney in Orlando but I really enjoyed my high school trip to Europe (Italy, Germany and Austria)…Amazing! And I can’t wait to go back!!