Below you can find information about the countries where the properties from International Fine Living are located. The countries are placed on alphabetical order:
- Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua (pronounced An-tee'ga) and Barbuda are located in the middle of the Leeward Islands in the Eastern Caribbean.
Antigua, the largest of the English-speaking Leeward Islands, is about 14 miles long and 11 miles wide, encompassing 108 square miles. Its highest point is Boggy Peak (1319 ft.), located in the southwestern corner of the island. Barbuda, a flat coral island with an area of only 68 square miles, lies approximately 30 miles to the north. The current population for the nation is approximately 68,000 and its capital is St. John's on Antigua.
Landscape of Antigua and Barbuda
There are 365 beaches on Antigua, one for each day of the year. The great majority rest inside the calm, protected waters of the island's Caribbean side and which are all open to the public.
Barbuda's smooth coastline is edged with long pink and white sand beaches protected by barrier reefs. In fact, the pristine pink beaches of the southwestern shore stretch as far as ten miles without interruption. The beaches of the island's eastern shore, facing the Atlantic, are somewhat rougher, although they are outstanding for beachcombing.
Temperatures generally range from 25 degrees Celcius in the winter to the 30 degrees Celcius in the summer. Annual rainfall averages only 45 inches, making it the sunniest of the Eastern Caribbean Islands, and the northeast trade winds are nearly constant, flagging only in September. Low humidity year-round.
Characteristic Antigua and Barbuda
Sailing has been a central part of Antigua's culture for centuries, ever since the British under Horatio Nelson made English Harbour their Caribbean base. Today, the stately Georgian architecture of Nelson's Dockyard hosts a more pleasure-seeking fleet--the international racing boats, recreational yachts, and classic sailboats of Antigua's annual Sailing week.
Furthermore, Antiguans are more than a little devoted to cricket. The island has historically been a very strong contributor to West Indian and international cricket, and the Antigua Recreation Ground is one of the finest places in the Caribbean to take in a local, regional, or international match. Devotees of the game can visit the Antigua and Barbuda Museum for a look at the infamous cricket bat of Vivian Richards, native Antiguan, former captain of the West Indies Cricket Club, and one of the greatest batsmen of all time. Matches can be found almost anywhere on the island, at almost any time.
Like most European countries, Austria looks back on a very eventful history. Yet there are some elements of the Austrian character that haven’t changed much over the centuries: the partiality for indulgence, beauty, and cultivation have always been driving forces in the country’s past and present.
Landscape of Austria
The diversity of topographical and climatic conditions accounts for the country's species-rich flora. Austria is one of Europe's most heavily wooded countries.
Austria's nature parks, that stretch across 3 percent of the country, document the diversity of the landscape with its in part unique natural landscapes, such as the rain and virgin forests.
Since many years Austria is a well-known country by practitioners of winter sports. Through the big variety of skiing areas, there could be find pistes for beginners as well as for advanced practitioners of winter sports.
Great weather, unbelievable vertical drops and excellent resorts are just a few of the many reasons why one could choose Austria for a (winter sports)holiday.
One of Austria’s highest ski networks, is located in the Alps and is called Salzburgerland. Salzburgerland is also a famed wellness destination, thanks to its high altitude, pure air and warm thermal springs. The region boasts countless health and beauty spas.
The history of Curaçao
Curaçao is an island of volcanic origin. The island arose around 100 million years ago on the seabed and was lifted around 40 million years later above sea level. Before the first Europeans conquered Curaçao, the island had been inhabited by various Indian tribes. These Indians were from South America. In 1634 Curaçao was conquered by the Dutch. The West-Indian Compagnie was established on Curacao. Today, the island is part of the Netherlands Antilles wich is together with Nederland and Aruba part of the Koningkrijk de Nederlanden. The Netherlands Antilles exist of five islands: St. Martin, Saba, Statia, Bonaire and Curaçao.
The rich history of the island of Curaçao has clearly left its traces. Especially in the capital city Willemstad, the colonial past is still clearly visible. Outside Willemstad are mainly historical estates that draw the attention. The wonderful climate and natural parks above and below water also make a great impression.
Landscape of Curaçao
With an area of 444 m2, Curaçao is the largest island of the Netherlands Antilles. It has over 130,000 inhabitants what makes it the island with the most inhabitants of the Netherlands Antilles. The island has a elongated shape and is for the most part relatively flat with some hills. Only the north has a hilly landscape. Here is also the highest point on the island, over 375 meters high, called Christopher Mountain. Around this same hill is the Christopher park situated.
The north east coast of Curaçao is rocky and not very accessible. The southwest coast has various bays and inlets with very attractive tropical sand beaches. In front of de the soutwest part of this coast, lies the Curaçao underwaterpark.
Center of Curaçao
On the south west side of the island we find the St. Anna Bay, providing access to the Schottegat. This sheltered natural harbor was in 1634 the occasion for the Dutch to conquer the island. Shortly after the conquest the construction of Fort Amsterdam began. The realization of this defensive structure was also the beginning of Willemstad. In the centuries that followed, Willemstad became a major port.
In the neighborhoods Punda, Scharloo, Otrobanda and Pietermaai are many historic buildings that still remind us on this past of trading. The historic center of Willemstad was put on the World Heritage List of UNESCO in 1997. An international recognition of the cultural and historical importance of Willemstad.
Some of the interesting activities of Curaçao
The sea around Curaçao is very attractive to divers. Divers can swim here in the middle of very diverse colorful coral reefs with a beautiful marine life.
Curaçao are also different tradition festivals and events. In March / April is the Seu Harvest Celebration. On the Monday after the second day of Easter Sunday the local people dance trough the streets of Otrobanda in traditional clothing. Queensday and Carnival are also events that are exuberantly celebrated on Curaçao. There are also many places ,where you can rent a jet ski or a boat, on Curaçao. There are also many nice places on Curaçao where people can go to enjoy nature and the tropical atmosphere.
Transport to and from the island
Scheduled flights connect Curaçao with Europe, North and South America, and several other Caribbean islands. Public transport on Curacao is limited. Auto Bus Company Curaçao has some bus service in various parts of the island. In addition, a large number of private busses are running on Curacao. The most important stations in Willemstad are in front of the post office in Punda and Riffort in Otrabanda. Elsewhere on the island, you can simply put up your hand. The best way to see Curaçao is by car.
Low cost flights to Curaçao
With an average of 27 degrees during the whole year, Curaçao has a nice and sunny climate.
The paradise on earth we call Curacao:
Landscape of France
The French landscape consists of lowland plains, coasts and old and young mountains. The mountains are located in the south and east of France and cover 25% of the total surface of the country.
Most of our breathtaking properties in France are located in the heart of Le Périgord Vert - the northeast corner of the Dordogne. They range from charming water-mill cottages to traditional farmhouses and stately manor houses. Every residence has been exquisitely restored and furnished to offer a perfect mix of traditional charm and luxurious comfort, all featuring fantastic amenities, including heated swimming pools. All are located in beautiful grounds that are unusually spacious – some up to 50 hectares, with their own small lakes and streams.
Spain is a country located in southwestern Europe. Its mainland is bordered to the south and east by the Mediterranean Sea except for a small land boundary with Gibraltar. With an area of 504,030 km², Spain is the second largest country in Western Europe and the European Union, after France. In 2008 the population of Spain officially reached the 46 million people.
Landscape of Spain
Due to Spain's geographical situation and aerographic conditions, the climate and landscape is extremely diverse; discounting the mountain climate, it can be roughly divided into five areas: considered abroad to be synonymous with Flamenco. Flamenco is a Spanish musical genre with origins in Andalusia and a term that refers both to a musical genre, known for its intricate rapid passages, and a dance genre characterized by its audible footwork.
- A Continental Mediterranean climate in the inland areas of the Peninsula
- An Oceanic climate in Galicia and the coastal strip near the Bay of Biscay. This area is often called Green Spain.
- A Semiarid climate or arid Mediterranean in the southeast
- A Mediterranean climate region extends from the Andalusian plain along the southern and eastern coasts up to the Pyrenees.
- Localized Subtropical climate areas exist in the coasts of Granada and Málaga.
Spain is known for its culturally diverse heritage, having been influenced by many nations and peoples throughout its history.
This extensive history with many cultural influences has led to a unique cuisine. The Spanish cuisine consists of a great variety of dishes which stem from differences in geography, culture and climate. It is heavily influenced by seafood available from the waters that surround the country, and reflects the country's deep Mediterranean roots.
The total surface of France is 543.965 km2 and is therfore the biggest country of Western-Europe. France has more than 60 million inhabitants and is well-known of its culinary traditions. Take for example foie gras, truffles, cheese and, of course, wine.