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PEOPLE Continues to Suck Up Hardcore to Brangelina and Brood

PEOPLE Photo Special -- A Charmed Life: Being Jolie-Pitt   

From fabulous homes to their world travels, take a peek at what life will be like for Vivienne & Knox, the world's most famous twins...  


Chateau Miraval
Knox Léon and Vivienne Marcheline's first home is Chateau Miraval an 800-acre estate in Provence, France, complete with its own vineyard, olive groves, lake, moat, 20 fountains and a forest perfect for keeping prying eyes out (though that hasn't stopped the paparazzi from trying). The Jolie-Pitt family, who has resided there since late May, has a long-term lease on the chateau, worth a reported $70 million.

New Orleans
The Crescent City – where the Jolie-Pitt brood relocated in early 2007 when Brad Pitt was filming The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – has become the family's adopted hometown. "It has an energy like no other place," the actor has said of New Orleans, where they own a $3.5 million home in the historic French Quarter. Pitt, an architecture buff, has put his efforts toward rebuilding the city post-Hurricane Katrina by raising funds for eco-friendly housing n ravaged neighborhoods.

Santa Barbara
When they're not frolicking at their French chateau or living life in the Big Easy, the Jolie-Pitt clan enjoy the laidback California lifestyle at their home near Santa Barbara (pictured). Pitt also owns an oceanfront house in Malibu and one in Los Feliz in the Hollywood Hills, where they spend much of their time when they're visiting Los Angeles.  


The Jolie-Pitt children (in Venice, Italy, in March 2007) already have more stamps on their passports than most adults will have in their lives! And Knox and Vivienne will be no exception: They were proclaimed "real Nicois" (citizens of Nice) by the French town's mayor after they were born there, and are destined to be regular citizens of the world like their big sisters and brothers – Maddox, 7, Pax, 4, Zahara, 3, and Shiloh, 2.

Besides far-flung locations across the world like Cambodia, Vietnam, Ethiopia, India and Namibia, New York City is a favorite destination for the Jolie-Pitts. The family (disembarking after a helicopter ride around the Big Apple in 2007) has visited the Central Park Zoo and loves snacking on hot dogs and pretzels just like the locals.


With movie stars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie as parents, photographers snapping pictures will be part of Knox and Vivienne's everyday A-list life. Even before they were born, Knox and Vivienne were the talk of the Cannes Film Festival -- check out that bump! – which Pitt and Jolie attended in May to promote her films Kung Fu Panda and The Changeling. Local newspaper Nice-Matin announced that the twins had even upstaged their famous parents: "The real stars of the festival are Angelina's babies."

After Knox and Vivienne's birth on July 12 at the Fondation Lenval hospital in Nice, France, their heralded arrival made the front page of the Nice-Matin paper. According to Mayor Christian Estrosi, Pitt repeatedly told him, "I'm the happiest father ever" about the births of his twins.

Big sister Shiloh paved the way for Knox and Vivienne to become PEOPLE cover babies when she made her official debut on the June 19, 2006 cover of the magazine. "To see the father, mother, daughter – it was such a beautiful image that it overtook me," Jolie's brother James Haven told PEOPLE of seeing the family together.


A day at the beach in the South of France with U2 guitarist The Edge (in May) and four-wheeling with Gavin Rossdale (in 2006) is nothing unusual for the family. Also among their coterie of famous pals: Bono, whose 48th birthday Pitt helped celebrate in Monaco in May, and musician Wyclef Jean, who's even volunteered to babysit for Knox, Vivienne and their siblings.


Both Jolie and Pitt have a zeal for life that their kids have inherited. Pitt – who once told Oprah Winfrey having children was a "dream" – is a playful dad who loves letting loose, like tubing down the mountain with Pax at the Mammoth Mountain ski resort in central California. "They have this incredible warmth for kids," says pal Wyclef Jean.


The couple encourages their kids to be kids, indulging them in toy-buying sprees (like this visit to a K-B Toys in Beverly Hills in October) and nurturing their sense of creativity. When the Jolie-Pitts visit New York City, they make sure to stop into Lee's Art Shop to pick up items for craft-making projects.


Last August, Pitt and Zahara enjoyed a father-daughter playdate in New York City: a horse-drawn carriage ride and an ice-cream treat. The couple has made a point to spend one-on-one time with each of their children. "Every day is just about making sure that their schooling is going right and their manners are intact and we're disciplining properly and we're spending enough time with them individually, so they seem special," Jolie told USA Today.


Both Jolie and Pitt (top, in Mumbai, India, in 2006; bottom, while pregnant with Shiloh in Namibia that same year) have instilled in their kids an awareness of the world around them – which will surely be passed on to Knox and Vivienne. Jolie continues to work as a United Nations goodwill ambassador and the couple established the Jolie-Pitt Foundation, through which they recently donated $1 million to children affected by the war in Iraq. "If celebrities have the ability to raise awareness," Jolie has said, "then that's what they should do."


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