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 Topretirements eNewsletter
 December 1, 2010

In This Issue...

  • 11 Things You Must Know Before You Retire Overseas
  • Lucca, Italy
  • Retiring on a Cruise Ship: The Unlikely Marriage of Adventure and Convenience
  • Reader Poll: Full Time or Part-Time Retirement Residence
  • St. Augustine, FL

    Pictured above:  Statue of the great opera composer Puccini outside of his home in Lucca, Italy. 
    Dear Readers and Members. We hope you are enjoying the most interesting comments that many of you are making on our Blog articles, such as the "Worst States for Retirement", "NC vs. SC Retirement", and "Can a Yankee Find Retirement Happiness in the South".  To find them and join in, just go to our Blog and look for the list of Recent Posts on top right. 
    We are fortunate to have a guest writer this week, Kathleen Peddicord. She not only writes practical articles about retirement abroad, she's lived the life in Ireland, France, and currently Panama.  Don't miss her insightful advice, even if you are just an armchair adventurer.
    Click on a state to see reviews of 609 great retirement towns, plus a list of 1,176 active adult communities. 
    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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    We're working on a member-suggested story that explores what folks like - and don't like - about the full-time vs. part-time retirement location issue. We need to get your vote on what your plans are. If you live year-round somewhere, what do you like about living there during the off-season? Please vote and provide your personal stories, either way.
    Vote (you must Login to vote).  
      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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