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Snow-Capped Mountains And Fairytale Beauty in The French Alps

The Brothers Grimm themselves could not have dreamed up a more exquisite fairytale town than Annecy. Set in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alps region in southeastern France, the small medieval town is all cobblestone streets, graceful bridges arching over flower-decked canals, and bustling food markets filled with woven basket-carrying locals. A stunning 15th-century turreted castle and snowcapped mountains sit majestically in the background.
carcassonne, france

Blissful Country Living in The South of France

“The Impressionists painted here for a reason,” says Ira Faro of his new home in the southern French region of Languedoc-Roussillon. “The feel of the place is very powerful… It’s as though the light is shining from everything. Every day there’s a different flower blooming, the sky looks different. You don’t have to fill yourself with external stimuli. You get involved with everything around you.”...

5 Reasons to Retire in Malta

The tiny five-island archipelago of Malta is an increasingly sought-after retirement destination among expats these days—and it’s no surprise why. Situated just 160 kilometres south of Sicily, the Mediterranean island offers an incredible charm, from its crystal-clear aquamarine waters to its stunning historic cities. But its aesthetic appeal is just the start.
retire in france

The 5 Best Places to Retire in France

Countless people dream of retiring in France—and for good reason. France offers a seductive blend of old-world sensibilities and modern living, all wrapped up in one beautiful package. While it’s true that most people don’t retire to France to save money, life here can nonetheless be surprisingly affordable.
Lyon, France

The Top 3 Cultural Retirement Havens In France

Few places in the world offer the cultural bounty that France does. The country offers excellent and diverse cuisine, jaw-dropping works of art, fascinating historical relics and so much more. Culture can be found in virtually every corner of France, but here is my take on the top three French cultural retirement havens…
Sliema, Malta

Mediterranean Island Living That’s Good For The Soul

On my first morning in Malta, I peeked out my hotel window, unsure of what to expect. I had landed in Malta well after midnight and despite the sight of palm trees lining the road from the Valletta airport to my hotel in Sliema, it seemed hard to believe I was on an island in the Mediterranean. That changed when I drew back the curtains to reveal a cobalt blue sea, shimmering in the sunlight. Yep, all was as it should be.

Fall in Love With Affordable France

Despite feeling a genuine connection with France, many people are quick to brush off the dream of retiring here. They often think that France, having so many extraordinary things to offer, is automatically too expensive. In truth, most regions in France are unexpectedly budget-friendly. Naturally, if you focus on high-profile spots like Paris or the Cote d’Azur, you may become discouraged. Dig into lesser-known, equally charming regions, however, and you’ll discover that your dream of a French retirement could be a lot more affordable than you thought.