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We've got a few links to rock your world (literally!) as we take you around what's buzzing in the international arenas of art, real estate, design, travel and more! Take a look for some mid-week inspiration and you just may find yourself practically feeling the breeze of the Riviera all while enjoying the comforts of your morning coffee. Ciao!

 

1. When you need a break from NPR:

While we can thank NPR for giving our daily dose of "need to know" stories, sometimes we have to switch it up. For a commercial break, check out this podcast series called Travelogue from the minds of Conde Nast Traveler contributors. This particular episode schools us on the benefit of hiring a local tour guide to get a perfectly tailored travel experience. 

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Are you a snow bunny that is most content when racing down the slopes? Maybe lounging in the tropics with the breeze in your hair and a Pina colada in hand is more your speed? Prefer the sound of leaves crunching underneath your leather boots and adorned in this season's best outerwear? Or perhaps the smell of rain and the bloom of flowers from every color of the rainbow puts the biggest smile on your face. Whatever season you fancy the best, we have the top recommendations of where to welcome each of the seasons with open arms and adventures awaiting. 

Fall: Eataly

Come explore Italy during the months where the stunning country hosts its truffle, prosciutto and wine festivals and feast your way through pasta puttanesca, gelato and so much more! The

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Just about everyone enjoys a good secret. Today, we plan to take you through some of Paris’ greatest secrets, from hidden locales to parts of history to unexpected things to do while you’re there. It’s okay, you can spill these secrets with friends, we won’t tell…... 

Urban Vineyard Clos Montmartre, 18th Arrondissement

Tucked behind Sacré-Cœur in Montmartre, this wine haven produces about 1,700 bottles per year but rarely sells to shops or wholesalers. Take a sip during the Fête des Vendanges de Montmartre. Or a few. 

 


Peach Orchards, Montreuil

This is for our Southern Belles looking for a slice of home. Make your way to the west side of Paris to find orchards that served such greats as the Queen of England and Louis XIV and feast your

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The work week is coming to a close and we are already thinking about how we will use up those days of R & R! Take a look at some of the fun things going on around the world and let them inspire your weekend! Or jet on over and stay here, here, or here!

1. Dublin -- this weekend's top picks include Dublin's rendition of Oktoberfest, the Theatre Festival and the Ha Penny Flea Market with rotating vendors that features a vinyl-spinning DJ as locals browse for the latest vintage find. 

Find out more about this lucky city and its festivities year-round here. 

 2. Capri -- for a seat with a view look no further than the chairlift that whisks you to the top of Mount Solaro, the island's flower, vegetable and vineyard laden mountain then head to the

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Good morning everyone! 

While the calendar doesn't put us into autumn just yet, a lot of us are experiencing some bittersweet emotions after bidding summer adieu now that Labor Day has come and gone. I can only hope you spent it with friends, sunshine, some sand and a proper coastal breeze nearby. Nonetheless, it is time to gear up for the season of beautiful (bearable) weather, apple picking with friends, rivalry football games, and so many more fall festivities! Before you take full advantage of all the things Charleston has to offer in the fall, why not take one more vacation just before the leaves change? Take a look at some of the best places to venture to in September!

1. Aix-en-Provence, France

By this time in the lavender-field haven, the

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You can't visit the City of Lights and not peruse a few of their infamous flea markets! This two flea marketing are the perfect spot to perfect your bartering skills. Bon chance! 

1. Clignancourt (le Marche aux Puces de Saint-Ouen) Located in Northeast Paris in the 18th arrondissement, Saint-Ouen is one of the largest flea markets in the word with over 3,000 vendors and spanning several acres. Since 1885 the market has carried a more upscale inventory with French antique furniture and bric brac galore. In more recent years restaurants are starting to replace some of the vendors who can't afford the rising rents but there are still some great bargains to be had. 

2. Porte de Vanves (le Marche aux

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Chateau de Servigny is an ideal rental for family vacations, weddings, or corporate events. Located on 20 acres, Chateau de Servigny is rich with history and played a major role in WWII.The Chateau witnessed the signing of the Treaty of Cherbourg between U.S. General Lawton Collins and German General Von Schlieben on June 26th 1944.

Located between Cherbourg and Bayeux, only 5 minutes by car from Balognes, one of the most beautiful towns in Normandy reputed for its beautiful 18th century architecture. This 16th century chateau is an ideal base to explore Bayeux the D-Day landing beaches, the Bayeux Tapestry, the Giverny garden and Le Mont Saint Michel. There is a lynx golf course at Fontenay nearby and a superb parkland course at Omaha Beach Golf

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With amazing cities like Florence, Rome, and Venice, Milan is sometimes overlooked when planning a trip to Italy but the fashion mecca is definitely worth a visit. Milan offers fabulous shopping, impressive Neo-Gothic architecture and of course--pasta! 

Best time to go: May and June when the weather is starting to warm up and prime tourist season hasn't started yet. 

Where to stay: Chic 2 bedroom apartment right in the heart of the shopping district and across the street from the Armani hotel! 

What to see: below is a 24 hour itinerary of all the top places not to miss! 

1. A Double Decker Bus Tour is the perfect way to see a city like Milan! This is a great way to kick off a trip since this allows you to see everything in a short period

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Brittany, France is truly a treasure when it comes to exploring the country; known for its culture, beautiful beaches, gastronomy, and panoramic views.  Though it is known for many of its exciting activities, Brittany can also be an exciting destination and opportunity for many a hiker's dream! Brittany also is a top destination when it comes to hiking and walking in France, giving nearly 500,000 tourists the opportunity to discover the beautiful regions of Brittany from the coast to the hillside each year.  

  

Prefer a walk on the beach? Brittany has nearly 360 miles worth of coastal lines for any local or tourist to explore! One of the most popular waterfront resorts is Dinard, featuring several lovely sandy beaches. One in particular, plage

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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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