Handsome Properties International Blog

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! 

Photo Credit: Champagne Day FR. 

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

177 Views, 0 Comments.

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.

Photo Credit: onbetterliving.com 

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

336 Views, 0 Comments.

The Best 4 Vineyards to visit in France! 

1. Chateau Pape Clement: Bordeaux 

Chateau Pape Clement

Photo Credit: bordeaux.winetourbooking.com

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

Photo Credit: www.winerist.com

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

263 Views, 0 Comments.

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! 


Photo Credit: France Today 

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,

184 Views, 0 Comments.

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

325 Views, 0 Comments.

  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…
193 Views, 0 Comments.

Arles, France is a small town in the Provence region in the South of France. Best known for its prominent presences in some of Vincent Van Gogh's most popular works, it is here that Van Gogh completed paintings such as "Starry Night", "The Yellow House, "Bedroom in Arles", and many more. He arrived in Arles in 1888 and stayed for 18 months painting landscapes and real life scenes. It was here that he began to see a decline in his mental health. He frequently found himself poverty stricken, not selling a single painting, and spending time in the hospital. Although Van Gogh's time in Arles was full of illness and struggle, he created some of his most beautiful masterpieces here; masterpieces that  have made lasting impressions on our western culture. 

615 Views, 0 Comments.

Located in Ireland's province of Leinster sits the city of Dublin. With its Georgian architecture, world famous zoo, seaside villages, and of course the Guinness Factory; you can't go wrong in planning a trip to this fabulous place! Handsome Properties has a luxurious villa for rent where you could stay and enjoy the fabulous activities Dublin has to offer. We think fall is the best time to pay a visit to this incredible country. And with fall right around the corner, there couldn't be a better time to plan a trip. 

Where to Stay:

In a fairytale-type setting featuring panoramic views of the Dublin Bay sits an incredible villa with a variety of amenities. It is located in the small village of Dalkey with only a 15 minute walk to shops,…
287 Views, 0 Comments.

Prince Albert I of Monaco was an an avid explorer and ocean enthusiast. With his great passion for the sea and having gone on over 28 scientific expeditions, he inaugurated the Oceanographic Museum in 1910. It was his wish of "knowing, loving and protecting the oceans." The oceanographic institute follows his legacy as it bridges the gap between the political, economical, and scientific community. The institute also focuses on educating the general public and promoting sea preservation, conservation, and sustainability. 

The Oceanography Museum is somewhere you must visit if you find yourself in Monaco. Built on the side of a cliff often called the Rock of Monaco, the museum boasts panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea. From the windows you can

298 Views, 0 Comments.

Eze is a mountain side village on the southeast coast in the Provence-Alpes Cote D'azure region of France. With views of the French Riviera that go for miles and botanical gardens flourishing with cacti and succulents unique to the mediterranean climate, it's near impossible not to be overcome with bewilderment and gratitude for this little piece of heaven. 

Eze dates back to 2000 B.C. as a commune. Later on, it was occupied by the Romans and even the Moors who held Eze as their own for 80 years until they were driven out by William of Provence in 973. In 1833, the village fell under the control of the House of Savoy who built up the towns fortification due to its close proximity to Nice. The town was stuck with unrest for several years as it was

342 Views, 0 Comments.