T Dear Readers,
raveling is a very important part of my life. I spend at least four months a year on business trips abroad. Due to the global nature of the Engel & Völkers network, I have the great privilege of visiting the world’s most beautiful and inspiring places such as New York, Hong Kong and Punta del Este in Uruguay. On each of these trips I meet interesting people and experience new and unexpected things. This gives me the drive and energy for everyday life and my current projects.
At the beginning of this year, another exciting destination was added to my itinerary when Engel & Völkers opened its 16th Market Center – a particularly large office – in Athens, Greece. With every step I take in the streets of the Greek capital, I feel as though I am inhaling history. Cultural artifacts from antiquity greet visitors on every street corner. Apart from exclusive properties in downtown Athens and on the Athenian Riviera, our team of experts also brokers real estate in the coastal town of Porto Heli and in the Cyclades Islands, including Santorini and Mykonos. Many buyers are enchanted by the bright blue sea and the islands’ picturesque buildings. To my mind, the highlight of traveling is arriving in a place that feels like home. For my family and me, this second home is our 500-year-old finca in Mallorca. Dogs, sheep and donkeys live in the grounds with us. Ever since I was a child, I have felt a deep affinity towards the Balearic Islands. I love the Mediterranean climate and landscape. In Mallorca, we grow wine grapes, make olive oil and breed polo ponies. I have also made many close friends there. If you, too, desire a second home in an exclusive vacation destination you will find a multitude of breathtaking pieces of real estate from around the world in this edition of GG. You never know: The property of your dreams may already be listed here! Sincerely,
PHOTO: CHRISTIAN SCHOPPE
Travel special: Venice, Soneva Kiri, Amanzoe, Kit Kemp...