A European Road Trip with Four-Legged Friends

It's a dog’s life. One of the most common questions we are asked when we are heading off on travels around Europe is: “What about the dogs?” When my wife Lorraine and I retired to France from Australia three years ago, we brought our Dalmatian Scooter with us and within a few weeks of finding somewhere to live, we adopted an old English Setter named Diego who had been in an animal shelter for seven years waiting for us...

Why Penang is The Perfect Place for Us

Before making the move to Malaysia back in 2000, Gerry Steiert, 58, and his family had never been overseas. “We had no idea what to expect,” admits Gerry’s wife, Beth, “but we all fell in love with Penang.” The Steierts initially planned to stay for just a year but ended up staying for nine. They then spent time working in schools in Thailand and Saudi Arabia, but Penang was never far from their thoughts…or hearts.

Exploring Prague

A stream of shimmering sunlight hits the Vltava River running through the centre of Prague. Reflections of medieval buildings shimmer along the riverbank on the new town side of the city. There are 17 bridges in Prague and the pedestrian Charles Bridge is the most famous and popular.The river separates the old town from the new. For that picture-perfect shot you have to get up before sunrise...

Why Portugal is Our Number One Spot for European Living

When Keith and I first started to consider an overseas retirement, Portugal wasn’t top of our list. As an International Living magazine subscriber, Keith’s curiosity had been piqued by Ecuador. But, having spent some time there checking it out, he decided that as much as it had to offer, we were better suited to a European lifestyle. We first considered France. We’d visited over the years, I speak the language and other...

A Slice of Daily Life in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Which one will I choose? I am selecting a ‘picture on a plate’ cake from the amazing array at the dessert buffet at the Dhara Dhevi Hotel in Chiang Mai, Thailand. No, not one but five delights are carried back to my table. Chocolate encased tubes oozing with a chocolatey sticky concoction, creme brulee, petite bowls of rich, creamy custard that tickle the taste buds, shapes and flavours of all descriptions that take your fancy.

Catalonia: A Unique Part of Spain

When most people think of Spain, images of flamenco, bull-fighting, paella and sangria come to mind, but these are actually traditions and recipes from the south of Spain. Bull-fighting is banned in Catalonia now. And although you can get paella and sangria there, it’s mostly just for the tourists. The large autonomous region of Catalonia in the northeast corner of Spain, of which Barcelona is the capital...

Pau, France

People often ask me if there is a single place I can suggest as a retirement destination in France. I love so many places that it is almost impossible to answer but there is one city which seems to tick every box. You may never have heard of it and it is probably off the radar for people starting their search for the ideal retirement lifestyle. The city is Pau (pronounced “poe”) way down in the south west of the country...

Penang Festivals

Malaysians love a good party! Give them any reason to have a celebration and everyone will attend. Penang, an island off the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia, is a multicultural island with a blend of Malays, Chinese and Indians. It’s normal to see all three of these ethnicities dining side by side, walking to school together, shopping at the wet market, living daily life together...

Luxurious, Easy Living in Cambodia

The Kingdom of Cambodia is a country on the rise with tourism booming like never before as visitors flock to explore its magnificent temples, charmingly exotic cities, colonial beach resorts and relaxing riverside towns.But Cambodia is much more than a tourist destination, in fact it has quickly become one of the region’s top spots for expats of every age...

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