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Torre Bisenzio in Umbria, Italy
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5 Ways You Can Live Like an Italian

What is it about Italy that makes us dream? There’s a part of all of us that wishes we were eating pasta and gelato and drinking wine on a balcony in Rome every night, but for most of us, that can only happen on vacation. While you count down the days until the next time […]

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How to Stay Fit on Vacation (Without the Gym)

Many travelers see their vacation as a break from the routine, a time to relax, and an excuse to indulge in unhealthy foods. But for the fitness fiends among us, switching time zones is no reason to break away from our healthy lifestyle habits. Staying fit on vacation is not only doable, it can be […]

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5 Reasons to Love the French Riviera

The French Riviera has been the backdrop to countless movies and movie-worthy romances since the fashionable British and American set – from Gertrude Stein to F. Scott Fitzgerald – started spending summers there in the 1920s. And ever since Brigitte Bardot stepped onto the scene in Et Dieu Créa La Femme, tourists have been flocking to the […]

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Homes

Get the Look: Provence Style Living Room

There’s no place quite like Provence. The intoxicating scents of lavender and rosemary mingle in the air amongst orange and cherry blossoms, wild daffodils and lily of the valley, while the area’s many fruit trees bear almonds, peaches, apricots and figs. From wild thyme to olives, grapes or honey, this land is so bountiful and […]

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A Local’s Guide to Los Angeles

Sprawling on the Pacific Coast with 88 incorporated cities (from Santa Monica to Beverly Hills), Los Angeles is a whopping 500 square miles (for perspective, that’s the same size as the state of Rhode Island!). Of course, there’s no shortage of activities and attractions, but exploring the city like a local can be a challenge. […]

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A Guide to the Cannes Film Festival for Regular People

The glitz and glamor of Cannes is around the corner – the 70th edition of the world’s premier film festival runs from May 17th to 28th, 2017. An invite-only gathering place for industry professionals, celebrities, and millionaires, Cannes can be tough to penetrate if you’re not one of the above. The list of things you […]

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Perfume Making in Grasse, Provence

Drop by your local beauty counter and you’ll find the usual selection of celebrity fragrances by Katy Perry, Rihanna, and even One Direction. But if you’re looking for something more unique, consider spending an afternoon in the Provençal perfume capital of Grasse, creating your own signature scent. Blessed with an abundance of water and sunny […]

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Hacienda Clark in Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica
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Finding the Perfect Vacation Home

Kirsten Schneider is a VIP Villa Specialist with Luxury Retreats. That means she helps some of the world’s most discerning travelers find the perfect vacation rental home. Kirsten’s job includes having in-depth knowledge of the top villas in Luxury Retreats’ extensive portfolio. To truly serve her clients’ needs to the best of her abilities, she needs […]