For most of the past five years, I’ve been exploring Europe non-stop. I’ve lived in the Swiss Alps and spent winters in Paris. I’ve based myself in Italian hill country and along the coast of Sicily. I’ve gone off the beaten track in Slovenia and Belgium. And I’ve fallen in love with this continent over and over again...
I am sipping a petit noir (short black coffee) at a cafe in the 18th arrondissement of Paris. This is the best time of the day: late morning, after the earlier rush has quieted down and before the lunch crowd start to arrive...
If you’re like me, just hearing the name of “The City of Light” makes you smile, conjuring up images of long afternoons whiled away on cafe terraces, still-warm baguettes ripped apart and eaten with spreads, long walks through cobbled streets, cocktails in tiny wood-paneled bars, experimental fusion dinners in tiny up-and-coming restaurants, towering architectural marvels and bottles of perfectly balanced wines from some of the world’s best vineyards...
Rich in history, culture and romance, Europe has long had a strong appeal for Australian retirees. But many people who would love to retire to the Old World fret that it’s beyond their budget. And while Europe on the whole is more expensive than Asia or Latin America, that’s not to say that there aren’t countries here where a more affordable retirement can be found—without sacrificing the Old-World romance you crave.