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Starting a business abroad

by Yuri Brixenmortar 29. November 2010 16:20
One of the main reasons many people pick up their bags and move overseas is with the aim to start a new business. However, this requires a lot of careful planning and determination, and can be a huge learning curve. SmallBusiness.co.uk is an online platform, which supplies a whole host of resources and information regarding the general practice of starting your own business. More specifically, it has an area dedicated to advice and information on starting a new business abroad.The site includes resources for information about EU grants, rules and regulations, working and living abroad, and tips for fast growth. You can also find videos from experts, which look at using the web as a business tool, including how to increase online sales, cl... [More]

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Destination Focus: Poitou-Charentes

by Yuri Brixenmortar 29. November 2010 13:00
  Where is it?Poitou-Charentes is situated in central western France and comprises of four departments: Charente, Charente-Maritime, Deux-Sèvres and Vienne. What’s the attraction?The different departments of Poitou-Charentes are rich in culture and history, evident in their historical sites and unique character. Charente-Maritime has a rich heritage with its towns and villages asserting charm, beauty and the fecund history of the department. Popular tourist destinations in Charente-Maritime include La Rochelle, Royan, Saintes, St Jean d'Angely and Rochefort. The Charente department, named after the Charente River, is home to Cognac and the French aperitif, Pineau – the department’... [More]

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Retiring to Europe

by Yuri Brixenmortar 28. November 2010 22:57
There are many reasons for deciding to move abroad.  Perhaps in order to begin a new business venture or in the hope of a healthier lifestyle, maybe to be closer to family or to find a better climate, or it could just be that you’ve reached a point in life where you simply fancy a change.  Many dream of retiring abroad, be it to enjoy the fine cuisine of France, the mountainous landscapes of Switzerland or the more appealing climate of Spain. Let’s face it, after spending your nine-to-five life in the confinements of an office there’s nothing more appealing than the hope of being able to one day live out your dream in the country and lifestyle of your choice. An article on TopRetirements.com discusses the diffe... [More]

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Destination Focus: Calabria

by Yuri Brixenmortar 25. November 2010 14:04
Where is it?Calabria is a region in southern Italy, situated at the 'toe' of the Italian peninsula. It borders the regions of Basilicata and Sicily and both the Tyrrhenian and Ionian Seas.   What’s the attraction?Despite being surrounded by the beautiful green-turquoise seas, Calabria is predominantly a mountainous region, comprising of the Pollino, Sila and Aspromonte mountains ranges, all of which have their own unique flora and fauna. The region boasts numberous lakes and forests and is rich in vineyards and citrus fruit orchards. The main attractions in this beautiful region are its diverse coastlines and mountains. The rugged clifs and sandy beaches are scarcely interrupted by modern man-made de... [More]

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A little taste of Europe

by Yuri Brixenmortar 25. November 2010 13:16
If you enjoy food as much as I do, you will love the idea of learning about a culture through its culinary practises. So to help give you a taste of the different flavours that Europe has to offer, those at VisitEurope.com have written up a Whirlwind Tour of traditional cuisine from all across Europe, stating that 'there are few more pleasurable ways to become well acquainted with a country than through its gastronomy'. Sounds good to me!  If you're looking to have a taste of Europe yourself, visit Eurobrix.com for a great selection of real estate from cosmopolitan cityscapes and historical villages to mountainous regions and whitewashed coastal towns.

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Destination Focus: Mugla

by Yuri Brixenmortar 24. November 2010 17:16
Where is it?Mugla is a province of Turkey situated on the southwestern tip of the country.     What's the attraction?Bordering the Aegean Sea, Mugla is located along the country’s longest coastline comprising of 638 miles of sandy beaches. The province is home to Turkey’s largest holiday resorts, such as Bodrum, Ölüdeniz, Marmaris and Fethiye. There is much to see and many activities to enjoy from the ‘Finding Nemo Boat’ for a trip around the Marmaris Bay for fishing, diving or simply relaxing to paragliding in Fethiye. Mountains, gorges, historic villages and delicious sea food are only some of the attractions of this picturesque region. Rich in culture, the region's ... [More]

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The world’s Top 10 expat destinations

by Yuri Brixenmortar 24. November 2010 13:23
This year The Telegraph launched a competition entitled ‘World's Best Places to Live’. After sifting through hundreds of votes by expats from all around the world, the Top 10 locations have now been revealed. Read what the expats had to say about them: Luang Prabang, Laos‘Relaxing, beautiful, still cheap, but so out of time you will not care about the money’ Cape Town, South AfricaCamps Bay – ‘a beautiful beach with gorgeous restaurants, nestled below Table Mountain’ ‘Five kilometres of pure Atlantic beach front, huge sunsets’   St Ives, Cornwall, England‘It is the most relaxing, calming, invigorating, sensual, atmospheric, wonderful, h... [More]

Destination Focus: Limassol

by Yuri Brixenmortar 23. November 2010 14:53
Where is it?Limassol is one of the six districts of Cyprus and is situated in the southern part of the island. What’s the attraction?Situated on the south coast of the island, Limassol has a Subtropical-Mediterranean climate, which reaches the highest temperatures in European part of the Mediterranean Sea. However, it isn’t just the weather and crystal waters that attract thousands of visitors each year. The capital of the district, also named Limassol, is the second largest city in Cyprus and is the most important tourist and commercial centre on the island. The city is famous for its traditional carnavals and celebrations, such as its annual Wine Festival held during September, offering samples of ... [More]

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How stereotype sees Europe

by Yuri Brixenmortar 23. November 2010 13:07
“Heaven is where the cooks are French, the police are British, the mechanics are German, the lovers are Italian and everything is organized by the Swiss.Hell is where the cooks are British, the police are German, the mechanics are French, the lovers are Swiss, and everything is organized by the Italians.”Judging people based on their nationality has been going on for centuries. However, as much as we don’t like the idea of stereotyping, we all do it to some extent. In fact, we have all probably been a classic example of a stereotype ourselves. Inspired by this subject, a Bulgarian graphic designer has applied it to his art by creating a series of maps depicting Europe according to its national stereotypes. The first in h... [More]

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Destination Focus: Aquitaine

by Yuri Brixenmortar 22. November 2010 10:09
Garrulus on Flickr via ESP Where is it?Aquitaine is one of the 26 regions of France and is situated in the southwestern part of the country. The Atlantic lies to the west of the region with the Pyrenees Mountains to the south, bordering Spain.   What's the attraction?Aquitaine’s 250 kilometres of sandy coastline attracts many from far and wide to soak up the sun and enjoy a host of water sports, such as sailing and surfing. The Pyrenees Mountains provide a beautiful backdrop to the 500 kilometres of lake shores and offer an array of stunning seasonal activities from cycling to skiing. The region’s capital is the port city of Bordeaux, situated on the Garonne River. Bordeaux is one of the world&rs... [More]

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