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Old 08-25-2009, 06:55 AM   #61
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Someplace with warm quiet water for swimming and sandy beaches. But no sharks or other biting things in the water. No no-see-ums. Flat or gently rolling land for biking on either quiet roads or paved trails.

Anyone know where this is? Let me know.
Lake Ponchartrain with insect repellent?

Some people swim in it, and the water quality is theoretically good enough to swim in these days. I thought I'd wait a few years...

Water is definitely warm.
Water is definitely quiet.
It has a few sandy beaches.
No problems with sharks etc. biting people.
Louisiana is the flattest place you have ever seen, and there are quiet roads and paved bike trails.
However, there are a lot of insects.
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Old 08-25-2009, 08:53 AM   #62
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First Rarotonga, been there twice and will go again
second: UK canal boat
third: (only in summer ) Haines AK, local saying: "I died and went to Haines"
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So many places...

San Gimignano - Tuscan village.
Bellagio -The town, not the hotel, and perhaps the most beautiful place in the world.
San Carlos de Bariloche - Patagonian ski resort town.
Annecy - Medieval city in France, near Geneva.
Nanaimo - Victoria Island.
Piedmont Avenue neighborhood, Oakland - Surprised? Upscale neighborhood, near perfect climate, everything (including a BART station) withing walking distance.

If cost is not an issue:
London
Paris
Rome
Manhattan
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Old 08-25-2009, 11:19 AM   #64
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So many places...
Indeed. How can one choose? Before one gets hung up on a particular place, remember that the residents of that place take vacation trips elsewhere too.

Even if one loves chiggers, fire ants, and basking in the warm sun, it is nice to have a luxurious motorhome to get away occasionally to get the homesickness feeling again.
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Indeed. How can one choose? Before one gets hung up on a particular place, remember that the residents of that place take vacation trips elsewhere too.

Even if one loves chiggers, fire ants, and basking in the warm sun, it is nice to have a luxurious motorhome to get away occasionally to get the homesickness feeling again.
The location equivalent to No matter how good she looks - no matter how sweet she talks - somebody, somewhere is sick and tired of putting up with her s**t.
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Eh! I wouldn't go that far!
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Manhattan here too...
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Western Samoa in the middle of nowhere Pacific Ocean.
Lived there 2 years largely in a remote village on Savai'i. One day, found myself in Apia lolling about on the street by the waterfront. A small motorcade proceeded past me and looking directly at me out of the back of what passed for a black limousine in that place, within high fiving distance, was the Queen of England Herself. Talk about weird. We waved and smiled at each other and then she was gone. When I got back to my fale on the beach in my village, I thought about it some. Not the strangest thing that happened while I was there, but odd nonetheless.
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Lived there 2 years largely in a remote village on Savai'i. One day, found myself in Apia lolling about on the street by the waterfront. A small motorcade proceeded past me and looking directly at me out of the back of what passed for a black limousine in that place, within high fiving distance, was the Queen of England Herself. Talk about weird. We waved and smiled at each other and then she was gone. When I got back to my fale on the beach in my village, I thought about it some. Not the strangest thing that happened while I was there, but odd nonetheless.
OK, what was the strangest thing that happened when you were there?
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Taking the 5th on that but the whole experience was like passing through the looking glass. If there is a place that is less familiar in just about every regard to Western ken, I've yet to find it.
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I have been watching thread with much anticipation on where people think they would want to live for 6 months at a time. The more I thought about it I think for me it is really a 3-4 month period making sure I spend the summers in Colorado. I actually think this is becoming more viable for us although it may be a while, but that’s ok.
So here is my list (not in order)
Santa Barbara, Ca
Seattle
Oahu
Sevierville, Tn
Paris
Bavaria
Florida Keys
Thailand (still researching)
Tokyo
New Zealand
Iceland
Greek Isles
Caribbean (St Thomas?)

Looks like I have my first decade of FIRE planned out.

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Well if Mars, the space station, and the moon are all out.

1.) The Playboy mansion.
2.) Thailand
3.) London
4) The White House
With the exception of London, I think the other three are pretty much the same thing.

As for where I'd want to be, give me a nice downtown condo, my bikes and 6 months in Colorado.
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Well if Mars, the space station, and the moon are all out.

1.) The Playboy mansion.
2.) Thailand
3.) London
4) The White House
You forgot Jupiter*.

*My favorite response (deadpan delivery) when people ask me "where have you been ?" when it's been a while since they saw me.
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Being from New England I am a little bias but I will tell you that from late May to late October it is a very nice place to be. We plan to make north western mass. our home base, appartment, Hang out for the summers and then globe treck the rest of the time, 2 to 4 weeks at a time. If your feeling really adventurous check out Hostels for 2 weeks at a time. Their cheap and clean and usually well located.
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Went to Munich last year for 2 weeks and could easily see moving in there for 6 months. It's a beautiful place, great transportation, friendly people (as long as you stay to the right on the escalators). It has everything I'd be attracted to in a "big" city, but it's still small, safe and quiet feeling. I especially love the Bavarian attitude towards living and loving life - I think I'd be able to slow down and enjoy things a little more living there.
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That's why the OP put a 6 month limit on the stay.
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Surprised? yes, very surprised to see Piedmont even mentioned. [Comment deleted]! Just my personal observation/awareness of [deleted]. Had you said the entire Bay Area or upscale Northern CA 'hoods in general, I would not be surprised.
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How come nobody wants to retire in Spain? Some of us -not me- are in love with Obama. .....for the moment
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How come nobody wants to retire in Spain? Some of us -not me- are in love with Obama. .....for the moment
I want to retire where I am but I wouldn't mind spending six months in Spain. But I would like to learn Spanish first.
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