Whenever I visit Honfleur, one of the prettiest harbor towns in Normandy, France, I’m gripped by a desperate desire to learn to paint. I blame the light. On clear mornings, Honfleur’s light is soft and rosy, bathing the slate-fronted houses surrounding the old port in a golden-pink glow.
Every time I visit Belize’s Cayo District in the country’s interior, I’m delighted by the lush, wild jungles, languidly flowing rivers, and the remnants of the ancient Maya civilization scattered throughout the region.
Catalonia, in northern Spain, has lots of nooks and crannies for the intrepid traveler to explore. One such town is La Bisbal d’Empordà, renowned for the high-quality pottery and antiques you can pick up there. And you don’t have to be a pottery nut to enjoy this old medieval town or appreciate the vivid colors of the pottery shops that line the pavements.
Gold has posted a rocky comeback move in 2017. After rocketing out of the gate in January, the Midas metal hit rough waters in March. Gold finished lower for eight straight days to kick off March trading—and traders abandoned ship, as precious metals endured their first correction of the young year.
In early December, my wife Wendy and I found ourselves blinking in the bright, warm sunlight that floods the colorful Cour Saleya fruit and vegetable market at midday, even in mid-winter. An old daily tradition dictates that a cannon shot is fired at noon from nearby Castle Hill. This signals lunchtime.
Centuries-old olive groves…dramatic cliffs rising above the turquoise sea…time-burnished towns with ornate baroque architecture. Welcome to Puglia. Forming the heel of the Italian boot, Puglia has postcard-perfect landscapes worthy of the front cover of any glossy travel magazine.
“If I had stayed in the U.S., I’d be dead now,” says Warren Sklar, reflecting on his new life in Ecuador. “I was 140 pounds heavier, I was having a very difficult time controlling my blood pressure with three medications, and my diabetes was pretty much out of control.”
“We made a trip basically around the whole country, and as we passed through this area for the very first time, I made the cab driver stop. I got out and said, ‘This is fantastic!’” says Doug Klaver of the small town in Ecuador he now calls home.
For nature lovers like Gary and Karen Schiltz, it doesn’t get much better than the cloud-forest town of Mindo, Ecuador. “There are tons of birds, including a crested quetzal that nests just outside the house,” says Gary.
“Our days are filled with sundown catamaran sailing…going to visit the monkeys in the trees…and taking long beach walks each day.” This is the kind of healthy, outdoor life George and Celia Antoniazzi can enjoy in their winter home: San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua.