As I write, we’ve been in Mexico for about six weeks. Our Merida house is beautiful and modern and permits a wonderful, truly Mexican experience… while our Cancun condo allows a breathtaking view and direct access to the jewel-like, deep turquoise waters of the Caribbean literally steps away.
Kate and Howard Dixon, 66 and 70, jokingly speak of themselves as “economic refugees”. The couple recently traded in their beach life in Forster, New South Wales, for the scenic city of Chiang Mai, Thailand’s “Rose of the North”.
Bagni di Lucca isn’t on the tour bus trail. Not that it’s remote. Lucca of the medieval towers, one of Tuscany’s great art cities, is only 20 minutes down the road. You can be in Pisa or at the Mediterranean coast within an hour; Florence within two. In winter, there’s skiing at Abetone, around 48 kilometres away.
The Dominican Republic is the most visited destination of all the Caribbean islands. And while it's best known as a holiday destination — a place to unwind and let the stresses of the world melt away — some are making this tropical paradise their full-time home...
Gozo is a small island (with an area of just 42 square kilometers) in the Mediterranean, just south of Sicily. It’s the second largest island (after Malta itself) in the Maltese Archipelago.
In the excitement of moving someplace prettier and more affordable, they forget that they still need to plan... to have a cushion... to make sure they have the resources to handle the extra start-up expenses that always accompany a move anywhere... across the street or across the planet.
What Anna knew for sure though, was she wanted to live one part of the year in the mountains and another part on the shore — and most importantly, she wanted to spend at least two months every year in Italy.
I never tire of the scenery in the Chiriqui countryside, with wide open cattle pastures, tall palms swaying in the breeze, and stands of pine trees in the highlands. From the peaks of Baru Volcano and Cerro Punta to the shoreline of the Gulf of Chiriqui, and everything in between, the landscape is lush and green, with bright flowers attracting colourful birds and butterflies.
Every day you meet new people and just about all of them are set to return to their humdrum lives in a few short days. They tell you... you have the best job in the world.
Spanish is the official language here but many folks speak at least a little English. Diane and I do our best to speak only Spanish when we’re chatting with locals, but it’s not uncommon to receive responses in English.