Taipei stands out among the continent’s financial and cultural superstars. Amid the modern glass-and-concrete Western-style skyscrapers and the ages-old temples are broad avenues and city blocks bisected by a half-dozen rivers. In the distance, are hills laced with hot springs and hiking trails.
Ski chalets with views of the Alps. Historical castles near medieval towns. Riverfront properties in cosmopolitan cities. Switzerland provides a cornucopia of luxury residences in breathtaking settings. Endowed with mountains, lakes and meadows, its Western European setting is a geographic dream. The international, multi-lingual society includes French, Italian and German cultures, each with its own foods, customs and traditions.
The sunlit South of France casts a brilliant glow on the region’s abundance. The area known as Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur covers a slice of France with near fairy-tale riches. Within a short drive, one can travel from an Alpine peak, pass lavender fields, vineyards and medieval villages and end up on the glorious Mediterranean coast.
Rooted in Islamic teachings, Arab customs and an ancient heritage, the country has earned a solid reputation for its international schools and health care. Its population includes a sizable contingent of expats from other Arab states, Western nations and the Indian subcontinent who’ve brought their specialized technical expertise to this corner of the world.
The Bay Area may be the only one where viticulture and counter culture is equally accessible, where you can live in your own microclimate and select from views that are bucolic, aquatic or iconic.
It’s easy to leave your heart in San Francisco. With the city’s iconic cable cars clanging along its rolling hills, San Francisco is a sophisticated sensory assault of sights and sounds.
While the fortress-like former mission, the site of the battle between a massive Mexican army and 200 rebellious Texans, imbues San Antonio with its rich history, the city also knows how to kick up its boots and have a modern-day good time.
Natural beauty and low density development has made Phuket, Thailand, a favorite destination in Southeast Asia. Just over an hour by plane from Bangkok, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, Phuket is the country’s largest island and its wealthiest province.