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In Pursuit of Lifestyle

Hibiscus International has been one of North America’s leaders in Real Estate Travel for the past 15 years.  We had the crazy notion of blending two of my favourite passions – travel and real estate.  If you click on our Real Estate Travel page, you will see the many ways we help investors explore global properties.  In response to the great interest, we have added a section to our quarterly newsletter sharing insights, thoughts and updates on what’s happening in the world of investment and second home real estate.   

Travelling Back in Time

Perhaps it’s the time of year or the stage of my life but I got to thinking about all the wonderful places I’ve travelled.  I’ve been blessed with a career and adventurous spirit which have opened the world to me. Sometimes I’ve returned more than once to those special places that have drawn me in and continue to occupy a piece of my heart.

Barbados – Beyond the Beach

Often times, when we think of cultural meccas we think of destinations like Europe and urban centres such as New York City, but today there is an emerging trend in the Caribbean as the world opens back up for travel …. Barbados, the easterly most island in the Caribbean.

Le Fouquet’s Famous Banana Cake

Several years ago I was in Paris, France to celebrate New Year’s Eve in classic Parisian style. During my stay, my friends and I indulged in a meal at the historic brasserie – Fouquet’s located in the Hotel Barrière Le Fouquet on the corner of Champs-Elysées and George V avenues. Since 1899, Le Fouquet has embodied the brilliant and festive spirit of Paris with its timeless bond to the Arts and Motion Pictures. The black and white photographs adorning the walls of the restaurant encapsulate memories from a bygone era.

It’s in the Fine Print

We’re all guilty of it … clicking the “I have read the Terms & Conditions” box without going further to read through the pages and pages of legalese. For one thing, it’s difficult to understand the terminology, let alone feel we have the time to scroll through and understand this legally binding contract. Secondly, we know we won’t get any further purchasing the much desired or needed product without first checking the box … so we just do it!

Barging on the River

Our adventurous spirits have enjoyed traveling throughout Europe for centuries. In recent years, the inland waterways have seen a growth in luxury river cruise passengers looking for the “unpack once” type of vacation. However, not to be overlooked, are the emergence of barges which provide an economical way to cruise throughout the inland canal systems of Europe. 

Embracing Armchair Travel

It goes without saying that some of us have had a harder time than others giving up our passion for travel amidst all the uncertainty due to COVID-19.  What if I were to tell you – you don’t have to give up travel!  This blog is all about ways to keep your passion alive and to plan for the future. 

Spicy Island Gingerbread

While living in Bequia (St. Vincent & the Grenadines) one summer, I had the pleasure of being a taste tester for a new café opening up, called The Gingerbread House.  Who knew there were so many ways to enjoy one of my all-time favourite treats … which by the way is not just for the winter season! Upon my return home to Toronto, I went in search of the perfect gingerbread which lead me to meeting Ann Vanderhoof, Canadian travel writer and foodie.  Ann and her husband quit their jobs, rented out their house, moved onto a 42-foot sailboat called Receta (“Recipe” in Spanish), and set sail from their home in Canada for the Caribbean. 

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