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It's nearly impossible to go wrong when planning your travel itinerary for an Italian vacation. One way or another, you will see the sights and experience the fabulous food. If you're visiting for the second or third time, though, you may be interested in activities that are a little more off of the beaten path. Take a look at these suggestions of hidden spots in Italy that you may not have considered visiting before. If you happen to visit, let us know what you think!

1. Procida

When it comes to Italian islands, this one simply can't be beat. It features petite, candy-colored houses on a picturesque coastline just a short boat ride away from Naples. It flies under the radar of its well-known neighbor, Capri and is the smallest of the Flegrean

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Interested in investing in paradise? Let's take a further look into this beautiful locale filled with lush rainforest, picturesque volcanoes, pristine beaches, friendly locals and brightly colored toucans!

1. Investment is buzzing and so is the rental property market, with agents seeing a steady increase in buyers that spend a few weeks of the year in the tropical destination, renting it out for a majority of the remainder.

2. Quality of service and quantity of options for buyers have been established since the tourism  and development boom of the 1990's.

3. The retiree haven of Guanacaste alone boasts more than 630 miles of Pacific coast, jungle, tropical rainforest, and a gorgeous mountain range. Closings in the region are now happening at a

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We've got a few links to rock your world (literally!) as we take you around what's buzzing in the international arenas of art, real estate, design, travel and more! Take a look for some mid-week inspiration and you just may find yourself practically feeling the breeze of the Riviera all while enjoying the comforts of your morning coffee. Ciao! 

1. When you need a break from NPR:

While we can thank NPR for giving our daily dose of "need to know" stories, sometimes we have to switch it up. For a commercial break, check out this podcast series called Travelogue from the minds of Conde Nast Traveler contributors. This particular episode schools us on the benefit of hiring a local tour guide to get a perfectly tailored travel experience. 

2. When

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Are you a snow bunny that is most content when racing down the slopes? Maybe lounging in the tropics with the breeze in your hair and a Pina colada in hand is more your speed? Prefer the sound of leaves crunching underneath your leather boots and adorned in this season's best outerwear? Or perhaps the smell of rain and the bloom of flowers from every color of the rainbow puts the biggest smile on your face. Whatever season you fancy the best, we have the top recommendations of where to welcome each of the seasons with open arms and adventures awaiting. 

Fall: Italy

Come explore Italy during the months where the stunning country hosts its truffle, prosciutto and wine festivals and feast your way through pasta puttanesca, gelato and so much more! The

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The work week is coming to a close and we are already thinking about how we will use up those days of R & R! Take a look at some of the fun things going on around the world and let them inspire your weekend! Or jet on over and stay here, here, or here!

1. Dublin -- this weekend's top picks include Dublin's rendition of Oktoberfest, the Theatre Festival and the Ha Penny Flea Market with rotating vendors that features a vinyl-spinning DJ as locals browse for the latest vintage find. 

Find out more about this lucky city and its festivities year-round here. 

 2. Capri -- for a seat with a view look no further than the chairlift that whisks you to the top of Mount Solaro, the island's flower, vegetable and vineyard laden mountain then head to the

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Good morning everyone! 

While the calendar doesn't put us into autumn just yet, a lot of us are experiencing some bittersweet emotions after bidding summer adieu now that Labor Day has come and gone. I can only hope you spent it with friends, sunshine, some sand and a proper coastal breeze nearby. Nonetheless, it is time to gear up for the season of beautiful (bearable) weather, apple picking with friends, rivalry football games, and so many more fall festivities! Before you take full advantage of all the things Charleston has to offer in the fall, why not take one more vacation just before the leaves change? Take a look at some of the best places to venture to in September!

1. Aix-en-Provence, France

By this time in the lavender-field haven, the

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The real estate market in London is hot and prices are jumping as the amount of available luxury properties is quickly dropping. Weather you hop the pond in search of the best view, an antique gem at the Portobello Road Market, a brew in Picadilly, or maybe your new home away from home, check out some of our favorite activities when in this magnificent city!

For the Shopper:

Notting Hill is for those in search of one-of-kind pieces chock full of vintage shops and home to the world's largest antique market Portobello Road Market, a mile-long street of daily local vendors. A short walk away is Westbourne Grove, where you will find even more high-end shopping, with designer emporiums sprinkled between a mix of boho boutiques, trendy cafes and art

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Just about everyone enjoys a good secret. Today, we plan to take you through some of Paris’ greatest secrets, from hidden locales to parts of history to unexpected things to do while you’re there. It’s okay, you can spill these secrets with friends, we won’t tell…... 

Urban Vineyard Clos Montmartre, 18th Arrondissement

Tucked behind Sacré-Cœur in Montmartre, this wine haven produces about 1,700 bottles per year but rarely sells to shops or wholesalers. Take a sip during the Fête des Vendanges de Montmartre. Or a few. 

Peach Orchards, Montreuil

This is for our Southern Belles looking for a slice of home. Make your way to the west side of Paris to find orchards that served such greats as the Queen of England and Louis XIV and feast your eyes

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There’s a new market in town and it goes by the name of the Cayman Islands! This investment haven is seated beautifully in the middle of paradise, even though it’s easily accessible, with a direct flight from Atlanta taking just over two and a half hours. This gorgeous compound will have you feeling like royalty in no time!

The estate is located within Vista del Mar, a prestigious gated community that offers 24 hour comprehensive security and extensive amenities, including on-site property management , private marinas, attentive landscaping and tennis courts. Villa Mare is one of the Cayman Island’s most luxurious properties, covering over 12,000 square feet with direct oceanfront access and views as well as an expansive private pool. The

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Is it the infinite selection of mid-day gelato and gnocchi? Or perhaps the serenity of the salty breeze of the mountains descending over Lake Como? The 20 different wine regions producing everything from Super Tuscans to Muscats? Buildings rich in history that have been beautifully resilient to aging?

There is something that Italy provides that never ceases to disappear; the intoxicating vibrancy of the people and culture that offer pure rejuvenation. The Italians have a saying that translates to "the pleasure of doing nothing." There is inspiration in the everyday components of life, from the food that utilizes fresh, local, delicious ingredients, the value of time to enjoy the company of family and friends, and constantly moving the body, walking

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