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Old December 14th, 2010, 10:02 PM
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Out of all your ports of call, cities you have visited and loved, around the world, if all things fell perfectly into line for you, what place could you see yourself retiring to? Vineyards in France, Greek Isles, Swiss mountains, or a Caribbean island?

Or, would you never leave, the spot you are in right now?
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Old December 14th, 2010, 10:03 PM
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I'd love to retire to the Virgin Islands.
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Old December 15th, 2010, 01:09 AM
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We can only dream about someday living in some warm tropical place. When it comes down to it, would be impossible to leave family behind. May-be taking off for a few months during the winter, I sure hope we can do that at some point.....
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This is really a hard question as living in a place can be so different than visiting a place, even repeatedly. As Donna says, a a few months in a warm weather place might be nice in the winter time but it be really hard to actually live in a place and be dependent on local utilities, services, health care, etc without a home to scamper back to if needed.

One assumption I am making when replying to this question is that we are independently wealthy so we don't have to work and, just as importantly, have no pressing engagements if the occassional strike brought everything to a standstill. That would lead me to the best place for eating, drinking, camraderie, and a central location for travelling (local sites don't really matter as you can see them all in the first year).

If I could afford it, the English countryside. If I was a little more broke, the French countryside. Ideally, a small place in Paris and then a country place in England to get away to.

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Old December 15th, 2010, 12:06 PM
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Ah, Otis Redding . . . I love that song!

Well, I probably won't ever leave where I am, but if I could, I wouldn't go far. If I had a lot of money, I'd probably buy a house near the water in Newport Beach, CA or buy my dream house (yes, it does exist!) in Monterrey, CA.

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Pretty much every place in the world that we have seen and loved has been during the course of an 8 hour port call, from a tour bus!

Wonderful places, amazing to visit, great things to see ... but retire to them? No, sorry, I am very happy just where I am. My retirement will consist of taking cruises to all those wonderful places!
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great question..I love New Orleans so I would build my retirement home in Ponchutula LA which is about 50 miles west of the city because the small town reminds me of the one I grew up in upstate New York, which would serve as my base..I would live on Santorini Greece from mid May thru middle of July, Whidbey Island outside of Seattle from mid July thru Labor Day, home to Ponchutula from mid September (so I could go on my annual smooth jazz cruise) thru pre Mardi Gras and Barbados from pre Mardi Gras thru middle of last week in April (have to return home from Jazz Fest)..my grandson would come to Santorini to visit when he's out of school in May for the summer and learn Greek
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Waikiki, Hawaii!

To me no place even comes close.

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I totally agree with Manuel -- Waikiki, Hawaii. It's become my yearly birthday vacation. I have friends and co-workers from there, and we all sit around dreaming of retiring to Hawaii. But, I haven't been too Tahiti yet, so my dream retirement home might change soon. As much as I love Paris, I can't choose it because of the weather (it gets cold).
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Out of all your ports of call, cities you have visited and loved, around the world, if all things fell perfectly into line for you, what place could you see yourself retiring to? Vineyards in France, Greek Isles, Swiss mountains, or a Caribbean island?

Or, would you never leave, the spot you are in right now?
Oh, I would leave Taxachusetts in a heartbeat!

But where to go? Hmmm....

>> For a summer home, I probably would choose either a location around Anchorage or a location on Washington's Kitsap Peninsula. A condo at a ski resort in Colorado would not be bad, either, but it's a bit far inland.

>> For a winter home, I probably would choose either Maui or the U. S. Virgin Islands, though southern Florida is also a viable option.

But regardless of where I maintain my homes, I think that two to three cruises per month, each of at least ten days, will be about right!

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I would retire to Florida, or Galveston. Jim could get a boat, and take passengers out to fish. I would tell him to get to work, and he would smile and say OK.
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