Handsome Properties International Blog

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. 

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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: Eataly

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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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

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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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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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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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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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Costa Rica has some of the most amazing rain forests and beaches in Latin America. If you decide you want to stay in a jungle lodge or stay in a great resort, here are some of our choices.

1. Casa Corcovado Casa Corcovado, Osa Peninsula. Casa Corvocado is an amazing jungle lodge in the middle of the Corcovado national park. Set above a palm-fringed beach, tropical gardens surrounded by 170 acres of pristine rainforest, this much-loved destination is the ultimate combination of luxurious comfort and adventure. At the start of your journey, you embark on a two hour boat ride traveling through mangroves and along the coast of the Osa Peninsula. While staying at this beautiful lodge, you will have plenty of options for activities, from going on jungle

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 Costa Rica is known as the happiest country on Earth. They are an extremely peaceful country and even did away with their army in 1949. Costa Rica is becoming increasingly more popular for travel and vacations, especially their capital and largest city, San Jose. If you are a thrill-seeker and someone that craves adventure, then Costa Rica is definitely the place for you. 

1.  Arenal Volcano

 

 A stunning site for thrill seekers and nature lovers alike, this active volcano has been "resting" since 2010, but is still a must see. Plenty to do while visiting including hiking and horseback riding. 

2. National Theatre

 

 The ornate Neo-Classical theatre is considered thefinest historic building in San Jose, and is known for its exquisite

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This week we are dreaming about the gorgeous landscapes of Capri, Italy and planning our next getaway to the luxurious Italian hotspot. From the homemade limoncello to the breathtaking ocean views of the historic Faraglioni rocks, Capri has it all! 

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La Fontelina

What to do:

Visit the Faraglioni Rocks: The Faraglioni rocks are three large rock formations that have emerged out of the sea and are just off the coast of Capri. Each rock has a name, the first one is called Stella, second- Faraglione di Mezzo and third- Faraglione di Fuori or Scopolo. The Faraglione di Mezzo is probably the most popular rock with a cavity in the middle, allowing for small boats to pass through. 

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The Faraglioni Rocks

Charter a Yacht: What better way to

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