We usually think of castles as inaccessible places which you could probably see only as a visitor if one had been converted into a museum. But it turns out Europe (and, to a lesser extent, a few other parts of the world) is filled with countless palaces, villas, and old manors. They were built and used to be inhabited by the aristocracy of olden days, but now many of them are available on the market just like any mansion completed in the past few years. Provided you have the funds, here are some of the countries you could go to and have
During the EICMA motorcycle exhibition which recently concluded in Milan, Ducati has showcased its latest adventure tourer: the awesome 2015 Multistrada 1200. This spectacular bike is powered by twin Testastretta DVT engines (the first to be equipped with the cutting-edge Desmodromic Variable Timing, or DVT), a setup which generates an impressive 100 lb-ft of torque at 7,500 rpm and 160 hp at 9,500 rpm. Other state-of-the-art technologies employed by the bike include Bosch-Brembo cornering ABS, electronic cruise control, Ducati Wheelie Control and an Inertial Measurement Unit that dynamically measures roll, pitch and yaw. The bike boasts an aggressive, sporty design, with full
Even by Monaco’s standards, the Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo is remarkable. The award-winning retreat perfectly epitomizes the spirit of the Mediterranean principality, which is characterized by luxury and romanticism. Set in the very heart of Monte-Carlo, the hotel overlooks the Port of Monaco and the Mediterranean Sea, offering some of the best views in the city and providing excellent access to all of its prominent attractions, like the Port Hercules or the iconic Grand Casino. Accommodations comprise 278 rooms, which include 25 suites, 52 junior suites, and 9 particularly lavish Diamond Suites. Perhaps the most impressive of these is the Pagnol Suite, located
One of the best waterfront estates on the Canadian West Coast, boasting an award-winning design by Marko Simcic, this contemporary home is located just outside of Victoria, British Columbia and offers the benefits of a great location, as well as all the modern amenities you could ask for. The property spans across 68 acres, with more than 1,400 feet of nearly pristine coastline. Remarkably, the home was designed to take advantage of its setting in an ingenious way: as the Canyon River runs through the place, it actually controls the temperature through hydrothermal radiant energy – an efficient and very impressive feature!
Chanel has teamed up with famed Parisian embroidery atelier La Maison Lesage in order to create a couple of new embroidered versions of the delicate Mademoiselle Prive Camelia women’s watches. Throughout the last century or so, La Maison Lesage has worked with some of the greatest names in the fashion industry, including Givenchy, Balenciaga, and Dior. This is, however, the first time the company was involved in the design and creation of an actual watch dial. As another milestone, these exquisite timepieces are the first to feature diamonds and fine pearls embroidered, forming those beautiful camellia motifs on a black silk fabric
Scenic Cruises is a company which specializes in offering what it calls “the ultimate river cruising experience.” Its fleet of elegant yachts travels all over Europe on a number of different itineraries, on some of Europe’s most picturesque waterways, including the Danube, the Rhine, the Moselle, and the Main. The latest addition to the list is a 12-day Bordeaux River Cruise, set to begin in the second half of next year. The journey starts in Paris with a stay at a luxury hotel, from where the guests will travel to Bordeaux, where they embark on the Scenic Diamond. This veritable five-star floating
Cartier is a high-end French brand known for its exquisite jewelry and magnificent watches, but it is also quite adept at creating fine perfumes for both women and men. A few months ago, the maison released a fragrance called La Panthère, featuring a surprising scent which is initially sweet, then turns into a warm, mossy fragrance afterwards which absolutely fills the room. Now, Cartier is unveiling a special edition of this fantastic fragrance called La Panthère Extrait. The new product has a wilder vibe about it, fruity, woody, and with a velvet touch of iris and gardenia. It is just as warm
The Mercedes-Maybach S-class line is the fusion between the Mercedes-Benz S-class and the highly luxurious and exclusive Maybach. The line is led by the stunning S 600 model, which is 5453mm long with a wheelbase of 3365mm and is powered by a V12 biturbo engine which develops 530hp and 830Nm of torque at 1900rpm. Its spacious interior offers the ultimate in luxury, with hand-stitched door trims, chrome-plated tweeter grilles, and fiber-optic cables for the ambiance lighting creating a lounge-style atmosphere discerning passengers will definitely enjoy. Furthermore, the beautiful seat-back lining, doors, and nozzle coverings are made from fine wood, while chrome and