As one of the top tourist destinations in the world…everybody has heard of Peru. You’ll have seen the spectacular photos of Machu Pichu…the Nazca Lines…and have read about the fascinating Inca and pre-Inca cultures that existed before the Spanish conquest.
It’s a warm Friday night, and my local fromagerie (cheese shop) is packed. I glance around the mobbed shop with an expert eye— it’s going to be at least a 10-minute wait unless someone gets impatient and walks out. But I know that this is unlikely...
September…Italy’s Perfect Month By Valerie Fortney-Schneider When our family and friends ask when the best time to visit Italy is, our answer is invariably, “September”. While we love summer with its frenzy of activities, concerts and festivals, it can be overwhelming; the heat can be oppressive and the prices are higher for visitors too. But Read more...: Europe In The Fall
Along Mexico’s Caribbean coast, on the eastern shore of the Yucatán Peninsula, lies an 80-mile stretch of stunning, palm-studded, sugar-sand beach known as the Riviera Maya. Kissed by the warm, tropical waters of the Caribbean Sea, this stretch of...
I absolutely love my life in Costa Rica. Living in the lush and verdant Orosi Valley, I have found my perfect retirement paradise. But every silver lining has a cloud here and there, and there are definitely some aspects of my personal paradise that can be trying from time to time.
Every day I have a euphoric experience, and it is due to realizing the daily reality of living in the place I have chosen to make my home for life—Cuenca, Ecuador. It can happen when I look out the window and see the sun shining on the slopes of the Andes Mountains, which surround our historic city.
Costa Rica is not the cheapest country in Latin America...in fact it’s one of the more expensive in Central America. If an ultra-low cost of living is your number one priority, this may not be the country for you. That said, my husband and I still enjoy a beach life here that we could never afford back in the States.
Nicaragua is not for everyone…for some it’s too hot, some are apprehensive because English is not widely spoken, and others are put off because they can’t find all the same products and conveniences they would have in the U.S.
Granada is a beautiful colonial city with eye-catchingly colorful, refurbished homes and churches. Retirees who live in this grand city are eager to tell you how happy they are to have found such a special place to spend their golden years.
Imagine living a high-quality lifestyle with indulgences like a housekeeper, a private chef to prepare gourmet meals for $50 per week, and even top-quality healthcare where the cost of living is so affordable you can pay-out-of-pocket. Well, it’s possible.