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Located hillside next to Paris, Montmartre is packed full of history, gastronomy, and truly is the epitome of the francophone culture.  What many people are not aware of, however, are the many hidden and beautiful walkways that surround this district of Paris as well as what lays on them.  This large hill, located in the 18th arrondissement of Paris, use to be home to a multitude of artists during the impressionistic period, including Renoir, who famously painted Le Bal du Moulin de la Galette while sitting on a café aside the walkways of Montmartre.  



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The history of Montmartre is something worth exploring, only observable to the well trained eye, and of course, the locals who inhabit this gorgeous hillside region.

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Known formally as the Golden Visa Program, Spain has since used this as a form of boosting business development as well as ridding the market of vacant homes.  The program was launched in 2013 and has been a tremendous help in building  Spain and its economy back up since it had a collapse of the real estate market in 2008.  Spain ever since has been going through a stagnant period causing it to lose buyers to its real estate market and growth of businesses from 2008 to 2016.  The Spanish Golden Visa Program has since helped bring businesses, entrepreneurs, as well as families looking to buy homes.  It is a great opportunity to anyone looking to purchase, which is why we are sharing for all those looking to possibly buy residential, commercial, or any

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Two weeks ago, Handsome Properties International was fortunate enough to travel to Barcelona for the 11th Annual International Symposium of Luxury Real Estate. At the conference, we were able to collaborate with 40 of the best luxury real estate brokers from around the world, and learn about the ins and outs of the Spanish market first-hand from one of Barcelona's top real estate professionals.

Similar to Handsome Properties International's approach, this brokerage focuses much of its time and effort on marketing. While luxury properties are, by their nature, visually pleasing, it takes some work to ensure they are visible across a variety of platforms. Having an international presence is key with properties of this caliber and that's just what

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When it comes to luxury, great travel, dining, and a fantastic place to stay, the Italian Riviera is unquestionably a destination that deserves recognition for its superb cuisines, hotels, sights, and cruises.  We've outlined some of the best places to go to the next time you're visiting the Italian coast, especially when it comes to eating, relaxing, and a little bit of leisure.  The Italian Riviera truly is a splendor of beauty mixing both the land and sea aspect when it comes to Italy and its coastlines.  We have outlined some of the greatest parts of the Italian Riviera just below that any visitor needs to be aware of when traveling abroad to this gorgeous area of Europe.  

 

 

Beaches 

The Italian Riviera has some of the best seaside

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Most people are aware that north-eastern France is home to the amazing region named Champagne, if the name isn't a dead give-a-way, the area producing some of the worlds finest Champagnes! There is also a great area off the beaten path that likewise gives some of the greatest touring areas and sight seeing for visitors to the region! L'Aube, is a smaller part to the Champagne region just a little east to Paris, which is located just off the path of the main Champagne areas.  Aube boasts beautiful areas that give great sites, historical preservation, and beauty to see and learn! 

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This area of the region of course, also being a producer of champagne, gives those the chance to experience a different feel to the

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Florence, Italy is one of the hottest destinations known for its world famous architecture and breathtaking artistic masterpieces. This city is truly a place where it is impossible to see everything in just one trip. The sights, history, buildings, culture, and the people are all what makes Florence such a unique and desirable destination. However, the culinary presence in this city is one that is lusted over all over the globe. Come take a look at some of the hottest restaurants in Florence.

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1. Caffè Florian 

The original Caffè Florian dates back to 1720 and is known as one of the oldest running establishments in the world. The restaurant just opened in 2013 with a huge change in the menu in 2015 as a new

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The Best 4 Vineyards to visit in France! 

1. Chateau Pape Clement: Bordeaux 

Chateau Pape Clement

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This vineyard is located in the region of Bordeaux, in Pessac, France and is named after the original owner, Pope Clement V. Dating back to 1252, it is known for being one of the oldest wineries in Bordeaux. Wine tastings are available for the public starting Monday and through Sunday. 

2. Chene Bleu, Provence 

Chene Bleu

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This winery is located on a private estate just outside the town of Vaison-la-Romaine. There is a manor located on the property that dates back to the ninth century. Multiple experiences are available at Chene Bleu ranging from an overnight stay in one of the guest rooms or

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Paris is always a good idea right? Well now that notion coined by Audrey Hepburn is definitely something to take into consideration, given the ever-changing film, gastronomy, and art catching visitors eyes to Paris!  Though Paris is filled with history dating back to the 3rd century, 18 centuries later and it is still bustling and growing every day.  Paris today is offering so much more than what it used to be to locals and travelers alike.  Though this will only be scratching the surface, we will take a peek into what Paris has to offer in 2016! 


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Needless to say Paris is jam packed with music and theatrical entertainment.  The Philharmonie de Paris, a cultural revelation, offering great insight into the musical world,

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Located a half mile off the coast of Cannes on the French Riviera sits the tranquil island of Île Sainte-Marguerite. Just a 15 minute boat ride will get you to this remote land highly known for its prison fortress, Fort Royal. It is said that "the man in the iron mask" was held here in the 17th century. It's an A+ destination on the Cote D'Azur that is well worth a visit. Put this tiny island on your to-do list as it is full of bewilderment and adventure. 

The island is thought to have been first occupied by the Romans when it was known as Lero. Though it has not been confirmed, the island was most likely renamed by the crusaders who built the Saint Margaret of Antioch church which still stands. In 1612, the ownership of the island switched from

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  As Charleston Restaurant Week is midway through from a successful start, so begins the preparation to another, about 4,300 miles across the pond! Le Fête des Vendanges de Montmartre (The Grape Harvest Festival) is in preparation for the beginning of October in none other than the City of Lights- Paris. The Festival marks 82 years of celebration as a relic of the flourishing wine vineyards that use to inhabit the northern region of Paris on the hill of Montmartre.  Similar to Charleston, the Festival involves much to do for locals and visitors to the area!


  Some things that might suit any wine-connisuers fancy include wine tastings paired with amazing dishes and cheeses, and the ability to partake in auctions for some of the most prestigious…
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