I know a couple of cats in Hilo and Honolulu, so probably one of the two.
I love Paris - but only to visit!
I lived there for six months when I was a (late) teenager... loved the food, loved the culture - but couldn't live there forever!
Beginner chef (above) has mentioned my home city of Edinburgh. I've lived around the globe, but it's STILL my favourite city - and where I feel most at home.
I keep coming back to this thread - I find it curious, because it depends on lots of criteria, where your family and friends are, where you could afford, etc. - i'd be curious why people chose the places they chose.
Where would i move? Let's assume i could afford it, have health care, not need a car to get around necessarily, etc - all unlikely - but where would l love to live if i could?
In a minute I'd move to one of the places my kids live, to be near them. That's my first priority and only realistic condition - so that would be
Second criterion: to be near my friends. That would mean (the envelope, please):
Boston. And I love the city, it's liveable and culturally alive and easy to get around without a car (essential)
Third criterion, climate. I miss the climate of new england. The change of seasons, the waking up to the silence of a snowstorm, frost designs on the windows, the morning sun through ice-covered branches, the spring that finally comes with the scent of wet earth and small blossoms, the summer that is rich and green, fall that bowls you over, the sense of a sky that is moving constantly down from far away places - it seems so high. So that would be
Fourth criterion, the landscape: three places have enchanted me deeply to the core, and given me a sense of peace i haven't found anywhere else:
Cape cod, especially the salt marshes,
and the high plains of Abruzzo. You can take your dolomites with their lofty peaks, the rolling grass-covered hills or plains are peace itself. Magic.
Sixth criterion: City. I love cities, the ease of getting around, not needing a car, the concentration of things to do. What is the definitive city? I've always wanted to live in
Fifth criterion: where people are nice or at least not gratuitously rude and aggressive
That would be anywhere I've been but Rome. Even in NYC people wait for others to get off the bus before going on, and i was never physically pushed out of the way, even in the rush hour/
So there is no place i really could satisfy all of the above.
Thank you Siduri!
Very profound and thought provoking! Also brings tears to my eyes. (have I said how homesick I am?)
The five criteria you mentioned strike me deeply. This would be what I too would look for.
And please, no one tell my husband, but Oahu fits the entire bill.
The only catch to that is that it’s so dang expensive and isolated from the rest of the world.
Have you ever looked at a globe?
The Hawaiian archipelago is smack-dab in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, with NOTHING around it!!
And yet, it has everything that you would ever need or want.
IF we had the money (and a private jet to take us anywhere), I would just buy us two lounge chairs and a cooler and life would be good.
Where would I go?
Not planning on moving anytime soon, but hey, I'm in Africa, things can change pretty radically here....
In that case:
1 - Elsewhere in Southern Africa where the sh#t didn't hit the fan
2 - South of Spain or Portugal, on the beach, living like a bum. A strong espresso in the morning, maybe with a shot of grappa, waiting for the fishermen to get in and then bbq-ing the fresh catch of sardines on the beach
3 - New Zealand, but after years in the tropics I don't know if I can handle the climate and the lack of wildlife
4 - SE Asia (Thailand or Vietnam), just because I love the food there and hopefully my money will last a while....
5 - Maybe back to Holland? But don't see that happening for a while and I'll probably struggle with all the rules and regulations
In the USA?
I got no idea, have never been there. Louisiana or Hawai sounds nice though :)
Los Angeles, California
San Francisco, California
New York, New York
Santa Barbara, California
We too love Costa Rica. It has grown, it has increased in price tremendously.
For us it'd be Playa Flamingo up by Tamarindo. We looked into buying a home
for sale on the beach while we were there. It was on a cove where we swam, sorry,
without suits. No one around to see us, an occasional boat came in to fish.
We rented a fishing boat for the day, just us and the crew to take us on a fishing
trip and take the kids to special surfing spots. It was great and the fish, oh the fish!
GourmetM.........sounds like California is in your future
Wanted to drop a note to each post I was hoping to respond to but then I'd be the whole 4th page. Not wanting for that to happen.
Not remembering who wrote what please forgive.
Edinburgh Scotland= love it, gorgeous.
Virginia, hubby and I met up with a realtor to talk about the price and probabilities of 83 acres we found in Charlottsville, adore it. Asked my husband is he would please buy me Monticello, he said 'it's not for sale honey." wahhh
Driving the Skyline Trail, really? Gorgeous, could and would buy there.
Our motor home was purchased in Angola Indiana. I told my husband it's be really sad if he didn't move there because I was going too and would miss him something fierce.
Motor homing= a good way to see the country. You've got your bed, food, music, comforts, potty etc and when you're tired you pull over and rest, maybe by a stream or the ocean. But to you who are considering one, they are not cheap, contrary to what is written. Upkeep is expensive and checking into an RV park isn't free, so you have the expense of the coach/gas and now have to pay to stay in an RV spot often times. It's really a choice you have to think about, I'm just saying because we just got ours, love it love it.... great choice for us...
kaneohe, we just spent 2 different vacations in Hawaii last year.
wedding one occasion, the other was celebrating the 4th over there for special event I was part of.
while there both times, we looked at homes to buy. on the water, just off the water, inland, etc. while there were 2 I liked, the price was cost prohibitive. Very expensive for what you'd get and have to give up. All in all, adore Hawaiian Islands and would not hesitate living there. You're from a lovely place for sure..........
luv ... we sold our home in Hawaii in 2007 just before the bubble burst there and got a great deal ...
not a day goes by though that my husband doesn't drone on about moving back
... the cost of living there is so far out of whack and it's too isolated I say ... you have to get on a plane to go somewhere
... I really like that now we can wake up in the morning and say, let's go to... we load up the car and we're gone ...
I could name 101 more things that I like better here on the "mainland"
and then 101 reasons why I want to move back ...
we still haven't found another place to move to yet, so keep those cards and letters coming folks ...
...lived in Hawaii Kai and attended Honolulu and the one on the way to Kaneohe
If You Had to Move, Where Would You Go ? Ummmm
I don't ask for much. I am a simple gal. Maybe move to a hut, yes a hut. It doesn't need to be a big one, just big enough for two.
Yes, Kgirl......we don't ask for much !
I wonder what your vacation hut looks like?
No vacation hut. But I will take "The Rockies" ,a log cabin surrounded by wild flowers and my garden. Down below my porch is a clear water brook where the rainbow trout glisten in the sun. I can see the snow capped mountains from where I stand and welcome those chinook winds whenever they pass. The air is so pure. Glorious nature and all her wealth hold nothing back.
When night falls, the stars come out, stars so bright you can put your hand out and almost touch them.
Breathtaking and serene....the way living should be.