Pictured above: Statue of the great opera composer Puccini outside of his home in Lucca, Italy.
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On our recent cruise through the Mediterranean we were lucky enough to spend a morning in Lucca. This walled city whose history starts with the Romans and goes through medieval times, the Renaissance, Napoleon, and Mussolini is one of the most beautiful towns we have ever seen. There are breathtaking churches, enormous piazzas, outdoor cafes, restaurants, and charming narrow streets. Many people from Europe and even America are retiring here to Puccini's hometown.
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So you like adventure and travel, but you still like your nest too. More and more people are choosing a cruise ship retirement for those very reasons. Some just go on frequent or extended cruises, while others buy an apartment on a super-luxury ship like The World, which was designed for full-time residence. Read on to learn about our fabulous visit to The World - with photos!
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St. Augustine, FL
This historic town on Florida's northeast coast has been around long enough to have lived under 4 different flags - Spanish, English, Confederate, and US. (and some of these more than once!). While the charming town itself is rather small, the surrounding area is home to a number of communities suitable for active adults.
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