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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

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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

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1.  Lucca

An easy destination to reach dating back all the way to 180 BC, Lucca is a lovely stop for anyone trying to get away from the herds of tourists typical of cities like Rome or Venice. This Tuscan city is extremely well preserved and famous for its Renassiance-style walls and architecture. One of the main attractions that lures people in to the old city is in fact it’s defensive walls constructed by Leonardo da Vinci himself, which remain in tact after all of these years. Other great sites to see include the beautiful church of San Michele in Foro, the Lucca Cathedral, and and the Museo Nazionale di Palazzo Mansi.

2.  Bologna

Placed in northern Italy, this city offers some of the most unique

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The capital of Spain, Madrid offers it all. It’s difficult, however, to pick and choose what you would like to do in this bustling city in a short period of time. Between the beautiful cathedrals, renowned museums, and colorful markets and restaurants, here are a couple of our favorite things to do and see while you make the trip to Madrid.

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1.  Casa de Campo

This park is the biggest in all of Madrid, and it spans 5 times larger than New York’s Central Park. The Spanish name translates to “country house” because at one point in time it was in fact a royal hunting estate. The park is a perfect place for families to take an afternoon stroll and enjoy the diverse wildlife. It also offers a grand lake where people can kayak,

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Chances are you're not visiting Costa Rica to sit indoors all day. Below we've outlined the top outdoor activities that will make your trip unforgettable!

1.   Tour a coffee farm

Coffee is a huge part of Costa Rica’s economy, but also its history as well. The beans produced here are considered some of the best in the world. Costa Rica offers the experience of a lifetime; you get to see where that brew in your cup originated. Take the time while you’re visiting and book yourself a tour of a coffee farm. Not only will you become educated in the subject matter, but you will gain a greater knowledge of Costa Rican history as well!

2.   Hike Up Cerro Chato

While often times overlooked by the Arenal volcano, this

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Saint Tropez is located on the French Riviera, in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur. This southeast France coastal town is known for its luxurious beaches and nightlife. In its past life, it was known as a popular fishing village. But today its a lavish destination for jet setters and big yacht owners. Large mega yachts and sailboats line Vieux Port and artists post up as they paint the breath taking coastline. If you find yourself itching to visit this lovely seaside town, consider our list of things to do!

 

1. Sentier du Littoral: Scenic Seaside Path

 Whether you want to make it an all day event or just a path to take to the beach, this scenic route along the coast is a must-do. Pack a swim suit, towel, and your hiking shoes for a full day of

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1.  Nice

This city offers everything you could want. The capital of the French Riviera, Nice provides some of the best beaches around the world. It is combination of old and new with so much to see and do. Take a stroll down the Promenade des Anglais, dine at some of the best restaurants in all of France, or visit stunning cathedrals and museums. Some highlights we suggest  include the Musée Matisse, the Opéra de Nice, and the Russian Orthodox Cathedral.

2.  Gordes

While it’s hard to take the time to focus on lesser known areas, Gordes is a sure sight when visiting the south of France. With a population of about 2,000, the village is placed upon a series of mountains and hills. It boasts some of the

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Scuola del Cuoio—Leather School of Monastery of Santa Croce in Florence, Italy

People from all over the world travel to see the leather workshop, Scuola del Cuoio, live and in action and Handsome Properties International was lucky enough to visit the workshop on a recent trip to Florence! The school and boutique are combined in the original dormitory of the Monastery. When you walk in you feel as if you are stepping back in time, to a place where people cherished their craft and workmanship. Back to a time when it was honorable to dedicate one’s life to their profession—no matter how glamorous (or unglamorous) it was. The passion, education, and sheer dedication that goes into making these leather goods is truly incredibly and almost a humbling

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  1. Visit Shakespeare and Company

An independent bookstore, the first of these was opened by Sylvia Beach in 1919. The bookstore became a gathering for many renowned, but then aspiring writers like Ernest Hemmingway and Ezra Pound. While the first bookstore closed down, the second was opened in 1951 and carries on as a very popular place for tourists and locals alike. If you’re lucky, while strolling through the secondhand books and novelties, you can even here an ambitious poet or writer reciting his works outside of the store.

2.   Shop on The Avenue des Champs-Élysées

This boulevard, located in the 8th arrondissement offers some of the best cafés and shops around all of

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Everyone wants to claim that the country they live in is the best in the world. You can watch as people dispute the pros and cons of each location, but with all of the perks that come with residing here, Italy will give you a run for your money on best place to live.

                               

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1. The surroundings: No matter where you live in Italy, whether it be a bustling city like Milan or Rome or a quieter region in Tuscany, you are constantly reminded of the country’s history and beauty. Everywhere you turn you are faced with stunning art and architecture demonstrated in the largest cathedrals to the smallest apartment. There is no better place to become truly immersed in a country’s culture than Italy.

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