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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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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. 

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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,…
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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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