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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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Spain offers some of the most vibrant and remarkable opportunities to locals and tourists and across the globe. With that being said, there is no better time to experience Spain than during their biggest, most renowned summer festivals. Plan a trip accordingly and allow yourself the opportunity to become truly immersed in a culture as they celebrate the local way. Take a look below at four of the most unique festivals in Spain this summer

  1. Las Hogueras de San Juan

The Night of San Juan, otherwise known as “The Bonfires of Saint John” is a festival celebrated from June 20th to June 29th in the region of Alicante. The festival is thrown in honor of the summer solstice, marking the longest

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Oh, Paris…

There’s truly nothing more magical than walking around the city of lights with friends and loved ones. Whether it’s touring the Eiffel tower, enjoying the amazing art work at The Louvre, or simply taking a stroll down the Champs-Élysées, there is so much to do in so little time in Paris. One thing we should always make time for, however, is great food. The food in Paris is renowned across the globe for offering some of the most unique treats and tastiest delicacies. Take a look at four of our favorite restaurants that you shouldn’t miss on your vacation.


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1. Breizh Café

Located in the 3rd arrondissement, this adorable little eatery offers some of the best crepes Paris has to offer. A family

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Venice is one of the top vacation spots in the world, and for good reason. The city, located in northeastern Italy, is a completely car free chain of 117 islands linked only by bridges and surrounded by water. The city is rich in history, carrying some of the most beautiful works of art around. If the description isn’t enough to make you want to visit, here are 4 reasons to make the trip to Venice in your future.

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1.  To experience a place traffic free

The constant threat of ongoing cars as one tries to cross the street is a threat we are all very used to. In Venice, you get to experience an environment like no other. The lack of car horns blasting and hectic traffic allows for a calm and safe experience for you,

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One of the most favorable restaurants found in the region of Cote D’Azur, France right on the French Riviera.

Mirazur the French restaurant overlooking the beautiful French Riviera owned by famous Chef Mauro Colagreco. The food is different, France Today calls the plates “generous and earthy” but can leave some feeling “unfed.” Some of the reasons being it is only a two-star restaurant but the ranking isn’t up to date for the exquisite tastes and different eats that guests get to experience.

Chef Mauro Colagreco is from Buenos Aires and he incorporates his native ingredients and tastes into his dishes. Everything is fresh and inspired by seasonal ingredients for the best quality and taste of the ripest foods. The different

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Debbie Fisher, Owner of Handsome Properties International, and Annie Young, Property Consultant with Handsome Properties International, recently visited Villa Michelangelo and received a personal tour of the villa from the owners. During their visit, they learned some interesting facts about the property such as how the current owners discovered the property and traced it all the way back to Michelangelo's time of purchase. The original oil press and mill stone dating back to around the 1500s also remain on the property in untouched condition. While touring the property, Debbie and Annie learned how much the current owners love the estate and consider themselves stewards of the home instead of "owners". 

Villa Michelangelo is owned by an

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CIBUS, Italy’s International Food Exhibition will be held in Parma from May 9th to May 12th. You definitely won’t want to miss the chance to taste some of Europe’s most delicious samples of food.

In the region of Emilia-Romagna, the town of Parma will host over 60,000 food professionals from over 90 countries.  This year breaks the record of having Italian food companies from every category such as condiments, baked goods, sauces, cheese, dairy products, cured meats, fresh meats, seafood, pastas, preserves, organic, vegan, non-GMO, and vegetarian along with low fat products as well.

Italy’s most famous liqueur and brewery, wine and spirits, and beer makers will be on tap. This is an

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Costa Rica is one of the most extraordinary countries in the world and makes a suitable destination for a healthy lifestyle and retirement. The population is close to 4.5 million people, of which a fraction of those welcoming residents live in the capital and largest city, San Jose. The surrounding bodies of water to Costa Rica are the Pacific Ocean and the beautiful Caribbean Sea, next to the borders of the countries Nicaragua and Ecuador.

The ability to retire in a tropical climate country, with Caribbean beaches and islands, surrounded by magnificent waterfalls and rain forests is yes in fact, amazingly affordable. Healthcare, great food, and local services are available and affordable in

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Les Sources De Caudalie in Bordeaux, France

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Les Sources De Caudalie is an extravagant and luxury spa hotel with fine dining restaurants and bars. Located just 12 miles outside Bordeaux, France, in the Smith Haut Lafitte vineyards.The hotel grounds provide the most charming and relaxing atmosphere with local recycled wood and classic French designs . The Spa provides a specific treatment that they are most uniquely known for using grape vines from their own vineyards. Aside from the high quality wine service and beverages to drink during your stay, the Spa offers wine-based treatments based on the effectiveness of polyphenols that are present in the wine. Polyphenols are abundant micro nutrients

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