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The Best Places to Visit in December

By Mark Ellwood Why not nix that chore-like trip to visit the family this holiday season and make a break for an international Christmas market instead? If frosted trees and mulled wine leave you cold, what about a warm-weather getaway to party on the beach in the world’s sexiest city? Either way, we have you covered: These are the seven best places to visit in December.  St. Moritz, Switzerland Thanks to regulars ranging from George Clooney to Audrey Hepburn, star-studded St. Moritz remains one of Europe’s most glamorous ski getaways. But it’s also a top-notch winter sports mecca, especially during December. This month, the Ski World Cup brings three days of Olympic-caliber sport from the best female alpine skiers in the world. Just after Christmas, the Bob: Swiss Championship featur...

Why Valencia?

If anyone ever asks you the question, “Why Valencia?” after you’ve explained you have just relocated there, the simple answer is, “Why not?” Safely tucked away out of the hurley burley between Madrid and Barcelona, Valencia is comfortable in its own skin. And what a skin that is. Valencia is an effortlessly livable city, a haven for foodies, culture-vultures and night owls. Valencia has never looked back since it courageously diverted its avowedly flood-prone river around to its outskirts and converted the now dry riverbed into an illustrious verdant park twining its way through the city. On it, Valencia unleashed innovative architectural designs such as the futuristic Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias. Just as critical to Valencia’s enduring attractiveness to residents, visitors and expa...

Things That Make French Food Amazing

A lot of shade gets thrown at French for, frankly, being uncompromisingly French. Known for their underwhelming economy, and accused of nurturing a deeply held conviction of their superiority. However, when it comes to popular French food, the French sense of entitlement sits comfortably on the solid ground. French Gastronomy French gastronomy is where many cuisines aspired to be. Revered at home, respected abroad, traditional French food holds an extraordinary and enduring place in the hearts of the French. Whether it’s the fantastic flair the French demonstrate with all things pastry, their decadently rich sauces or their deep relationship with local cheese and wines, it’s easy to understand why our love affair with French food lasted. French food is more than just a melding of rec...

The Best Place to Retire in Spain

Spain has long been a favorite retirement destination and little wonder. With so many beautiful locations to choose from, the biggest challenge for would-be retirees is how to settle on what is the best place to retire in Spain. A fabulous climate, a vibrant and engaging culture, awe-inspiring natural beauty, heavenly cuisine, festivals, and mile after mile of brilliant coastline dotted with divine beaches are attracting expats in Spain to retire permanently. Best Place To Retire In Spain Add to its extensive benefits, the low cost of living in Spain plus a well-developed national health system and Spain is an attractive option. Here, are our Top 10 fabulous suggestions on where to live in Spain. Magical Madrid Madrid is Spain’s capital, a cosmopolitan city combining old-world charm, oodle...

Expat Life Around the World

There is a certain allure to an expat, a definable and seductive je ne sais quoi that evokes when someone describes their experiences in leaving everything behind to move abroad, embrace the expat life to live and work. On any given day, the evocative dream of swapping your dreary workplace for an office in an exotic local surely beckons. By some counts, there are an estimated 232 million expats currently living abroad around the world today. Their reasons for choosing to leave their home countries for a new life overseas are many and varied. What unites them, however, is an intense desire to seamlessly combine the economic imperative of earning a living with a wanderlust-driven willingness to experience the world. What Is An Expat? An expat is a “person who chooses to take up residency in...