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Old 06-19-2009, 01:36 PM   #21
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You are looking for Venice Florida . Up until a few years ago it had a rexall drug store with a luncheonette complete with huge counter were the locals would go for lunch and gossip . The main street is little shops and outdoor restaurants . The have town parades for everything . The library is two blocks from downtown and most people bike there . The beach is just blocks away from main street and as for police they do not really have much to do .


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Old 06-19-2009, 01:39 PM   #22
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Alan, never got of A171 at Guisborough but I remember the signs, and I've bought many a nice cheese, and many a nice boar sausage at the Saturday market in York from the French farm crowd that drives over at the weekend. If you want a nice fun Saturday morning, hit the boot sale out at the race track. Oh, snag a bacon butty from one of the carts, should get you back to old times.

Sounds like you have a great retirement plan, it sounds like a wonderful plan really. You can hit Catterick market on Sunday, over to Stokesley for Sunday roast, and a nice drive thru the Moors.

Loved that area, I consider if maybe one of the best coastlines in the world, just awesome small sea towns. I loved Scarborough and imagining what it was like in it's heyday. Those huge hotels up on the cliffs. Neat area.



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Really pleased to see that you know the area I am talking about

I aim to RE in January then DW & I plan to start living in places like this for weeks or months at a time. Next year will be 6 weeks in England, 2 of which will be in the center of York staying at the university during the Yorksgen biannual conference. DW has done it before 4 years ago and loved it.

In 2011 we plan to live in Guisborough for 6 months, which is somewhere you may know - a market town on the road to Whitby (A171). We lived there between '79 and '85, both our children were born and baptized in the same church my ancestors were baptized in 300 years earler. Again it has hardly changed at all. (Bounded by National Trust - North Yorkshire Moors, nowhere it can expand to).
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CuppaJoe, Exactly, I'm convinced that I'm dreaming. That the place that my spirit exists in is no longer there.

Jambo101, I'll take Manhattan. That is darn near paradise. Not the one I am describing here but I love Manhattan as a different kind of paradise and if I could afford it, I would.

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Don't mean to rain on your parade but IIRC, I interpreted "Willoughby" to be the stop that no longer exists; the guy who got off there was dead.

Check your "thank you" section. The place you are looking for really does exist but you have to decide where to find it; it might be just a state of mind.
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Alan, never got of A171 at Guisborough but I remember the signs, and I've bought many a nice cheese, and many a nice boar sausage at the Saturday market in York from the French farm crowd that drives over at the weekend. If you want a nice fun Saturday morning, hit the boot sale out at the race track. Oh, snag a bacon butty from one of the carts, should get you back to old times.

Sounds like you have a great retirement plan, it sounds like a wonderful plan really. You can hit Catterick market on Sunday, over to Stokesley for Sunday roast, and a nice drive thru the Moors.

Loved that area, I consider if maybe one of the best coastlines in the world, just awesome small sea towns. I loved Scarborough and imagining what it was like in it's heyday. Those huge hotels up on the cliffs. Neat area.
You are spot on about the coastline and it gets even better the further North you go up into Northumberland. Oh man, you've got me drooling again .....

Scarborough is now set up like a number of historic towns in England to better protect the centers from traffic and it works great. They have free Park'n'Ride areas on the outskirts of the city with a bus service running every 10 minutes into the town. Scarborough's was completely free when we were there 2 years ago - really hard to turn down and soooo much easier than trying to find a car park with spaces in the town and at great expense.
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This thread reminds me of the old hardware stores with the creaky wood floors, and an old guy working there that knew exactly what you needed and how to fix everything.
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Yeah, he died, I saw his obit. Now the floors don't creak.

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You are looking for Venice Florida . Up until a few years ago it had a rexall drug store with a luncheonette complete with huge counter were the locals would go for lunch and gossip . The main street is little shops and outdoor restaurants . The have town parades for everything . The library is two blocks from downtown and most people bike there . The beach is just blocks away from main street and as for police they do not really have much to do .


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I made note of that one. DW and I are interested in places to spend about a month or two in the winter. Ideally, we would have either an idyllic urban setting ala OP (needs good restaurants) or a waterfront setting near to the urban oasis. AND, most important, must have good biking roads and/or trails. I will probably start a separate thread about that nearer to when I want to consider some places.
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Going into the Blue White Grill in Martinsburg, WV is like walking into the early 1960's. Talk about a Twilight Zone experience! We stumbled upon that during a drive around. Still has the soda fountain with the stools, and booths. Didn't see the jukebox though.
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I like that style diner. My time has passed evidently because I get no thrill waiting behind the half-height wall with the plastic plants obscuring the dining area with 300 intimate diners seated in the deafening roar of Appleby's or Chili's.

I ate at the Mecca Diner in Raleigh, NC last year and it was a Twighlight Zone experience. The lady at the register could have been there in 1898 for all I knew. Register was vintage 1920s or so. Special was meatloaf with catsup coating. Yumm.

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Old 06-20-2009, 02:41 PM   #31
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I made note of that one. DW and I are interested in places to spend about a month or two in the winter. Ideally, we would have either an idyllic urban setting ala OP (needs good restaurants) or a waterfront setting near to the urban oasis. AND, most important, must have good biking roads and/or trails. I will probably start a separate thread about that nearer to when I want to consider some places.

Well it has both waterfront setting and easy access to Sarasota,Fl for great restaurants . One of the best bike paths there would be Casperon beach park.
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Small world. big city kid also, born LA, lived in Chi, NYC, Hong Kong, and London/England many years. W2 4AD, Queensway. Just back of Whiteley's.

But, I am yearning for something I cannot seem to find. I want a market square from Skipton, N. Yorks, and Rue Cler and maybe three blocks of Nathan Rd., Kowloon, transported to the US and put into the area just South of Market.

Anyone seen that place yet?
Check out Montrose, CA. Not too far from Chinatown.

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You are spot on about the coastline and it gets even better the further North you go up into Northumberland. Oh man, you've got me drooling again .....
Wanna go home, eh?

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Also check out Ligonier, PA. Or any of numerous towns along the Lincoln Highway(Rte. 30) or the old National Road(Rte. 40) through PA. Some of the places are like Mayberry.
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I think what I'm looking for is an enclave within a large city. The tobacco warehouse area of Richmond might get there in 10 years, but I'm kinda thinking that some city, somewhere can be about 200,000 and still be like it was in 1940-1950, but maybe that does not exist.



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