Choosing your Perfect Piece of French Polynesia

Brando fell for the Society Islands while filming Mutiny on the Bounty in 1960, but the first Europeans landed in Tahiti in 1767. Consisting of 14 main islands and the islets or motus that ring the islands’ lagoons, the Society Islands are home to some of the world’s most desirable private island properties. There are currently just half a dozen …

Victoria Scott-RichardsChoosing your Perfect Piece of French Polynesia

Halfcrown Island, Quebec

Half Crown’s current owners started visiting in 1979 and rented until 1993. When their predecessors got older and decided to sell, these summer tenants immediately snapped up the 3.86-acre lake isle and now spend up to five months of the year there. They describe it as the perfect antidote to Houston’s blazing summer temperatures. With its stands of pine, spruce, …

Victoria Scott-RichardsHalfcrown Island, Quebec

BC’s Perfect Wilderness Island

The West Coast of BC offers a landscape like no other; vast sun- and sea-bleached trunks of Douglas fir lie tumbled on sandy beaches, orcas surface on the Sound, eagles soar over centuries-old fir, Pacific dogwood, towering arbutus, lodgepole pine and yellow cedar. In the midst of all this majesty sits the peninsula island that separates Five Coves from Zorro …

Victoria Scott-RichardsBC’s Perfect Wilderness Island

Montegrappa celebrates man’s first flight into space

In order to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s first manned space flight, Montegrappa, one of the Italy’s most reputed manufacturers of fine writing instruments, has unveiled a new set of limited edition pens. The barrels of the commemorative pens come engraved with the image of Yuri Gagarin in bas-relief, which is further bordered with an interplanetary …

Victoria Scott-RichardsMontegrappa celebrates man’s first flight into space

A Peek inside the Plaza Hotel

New York’s famous Plaza Hotel will be celebrating its 103rd anniversary in October, underwent a complete restoration which cost more than $450 million. Every guest room was completely renovated and provides elegant accommodations inspired by the richly decorative style of Louis XV. Every guest bathroom is finished with inlaid earth stone mosaics in floral motifs and 24-carat gold plated faucets …

Victoria Scott-RichardsA Peek inside the Plaza Hotel