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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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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! 


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. 


The Faraglioni Rocks

Charter a Yacht: What better way to

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Paris in the summertime is interesting- with locals gone more frequently on paid vacation, the pace is slower, the temperatures rise, and the summer events pop up to entertain  the masses in the warm summer air. The famed French city always has something to offer everyone who visits. Whether you are searching for entertainment, culture, art, or music, Paris offers something unique for you. With plenty events coming up for the rest of the summer season, make sure to check these out if you have a chance! 

1. Bastille Day Festivities

Bastille Day is celebrated on July 14th, the annaversiery of the 1789 storming of the Bastille prison, which sparked the Frech Revelution  and began the people's war for freedom. Essentially their version of 4th of

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Let's face it- one of the best parts of traveling abroad is shopping. In Italy especially, shopping is grand and the place to go. With thousands of stores and dozens of shopping districts, it can get overwhelming deciding where to go. Here are some of our favorite and streets to shop at in Italy.

1. Via Condotti - Rome

Considered one of the most elegant street in the world, practically all the most luxurious brands can be found here. Valentino, Hermes, Cartier, and Gucci, just name a few. 

2. Via Montenapoleone- Milan

 Milan is one of the fashion capitals of the world, so of course you have to stop here. The Via Monte Napoleone street is the best for picking up designer clothing items and shoes.

3. Mercerie - Venice 

One of

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Nowadays, it is becoming more common to rent while traveling abroad instead of staying at a hotel. With options for monthly and even weekly rent, it is becoming more convenient for travelers as well. Some may see this a s a trend or fad and be skeptical about this new way of travel, but in more ways than one, renting while abroad can provide a more comfortable, safer, and more unique experience that you will remember. 

 1. More Room

In a hotel, you will usually only have two areas- the main area with the TV, beds, and maybe a desk, and the bathroom. In an apartment, you have more privacy and more room to go about your daily routines as normal and as comfortably as possible. You will also have access to utilities, like a stove or a washer, that you

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You can't visit the City of Lights and not peruse a few of their infamous flea markets! This two flea marketing are the perfect spot to perfect your bartering skills. Bon chance! 

1. Clignancourt (le Marche aux Puces de Saint-Ouen) Located in Northeast Paris in the 18th arrondissement, Saint-Ouen is one of the largest flea markets in the word with over 3,000 vendors and spanning several acres. Since 1885 the market has carried a more upscale inventory with French antique furniture and bric brac galore. In more recent years restaurants are starting to replace some of the vendors who can't afford the rising rents but there are still some great bargains to be had. 

2. Porte de Vanves (le Marche aux

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