11-28-2008 04:46 AM - editado 11-28-2008 04:46 AM
1) Gaiole, en el Chianti de la Toscana, Italia
2) Saint Remy de Provence, Francia
3 Copenhagen, Dinamarca (es una de las capitales europeas que mas quiero visitar, pero vivir??? con el clima que tiene??? :cara_que_importa: )
4) Cefalonia (no se como se escribe en espanol, sorry), en las islas de Grecia
5) Liubijana, Eslovenia (otra capital que me encantaria conocer)
6) Burford, Inglaterra
7) Budapest, Hungria
8) Sibiu, Rumania
9) Roma, Italia
10) Deia, Islas Baleares, Espana
Mensaje editado por laura36
Publicado: 11-28-2008 05:01 AM
y aqui va el articulo de forbes.com (siempre hay que buscar la fuente original! :cara_burlon: ). Es en ingles, espero que podais entenderlo igualmente
For anyone who wants to uproot themselves to live in one of the world's more historical and culturally rich regions, it's hard not to consider Europe. Despite the global recession and slumping job market, the timing--and prices--might be just right.
Six months ago, Americans couldn't even mull a move across the Atlantic. A house in England worth 1 million pounds would have cost about $2 million as recently as mid-July of this year. But the euro and pound have tumbled in value against the dollar ever since, giving Americans more bang for their buck today. That house worth 1 million pounds four months ago, just in terms of currency rates, it would cost $1.5 million today--a difference of $500,000.
With the exchange advantage currently leaning toward the U.S. dollar, the question isn't if Americans--particularly retirees--should consider moving, but where. We asked a panel of five travel and relocation experts to suggest the most idyllic locales in Europe to live.
For some wishing to move abroad, a change in scenery is more important than a drastic change in climate. Naples, Italy, for example, lies on a similar latitude to New York City. It's only slightly warmer, with an average temperature of 16º C (61º F) to New York's 12º C (54º F). Like New York, Naples has changes in seasons, unlike Italian cities further south. Naples doesn't make our list, but two other Italian destinations do. Italy is the only country that figures twice on our list.
"For me, Chianti is all about mountains, vineyards, wineries, country inns and walking," says Gay Gillen of travel consultancy Brownell, based in Birmingham, Ala. "There are equestrian centers and opportunities to hike and play tennis, and the food is amazing."
Jan Medlycott, a senior home search coordinator from Icon Relocation, an independent relocation consultancy for individuals and businesses, thinks similarly of Rome. "You could take forever just walking around, there's something new to see down every street, around every corner," she says. "It provides the best of both worlds, too--if you need to get away from city life, it's close to the hills."
For those who want to stay in the city, our experts also like Copenhagen in Denmark, along with Eastern European cities of Ljubljana in Slovenia and Budapest in Hungary. What Budapest lacks in Mediterranean weather it makes up for in price, with an apartment costing well under $100,000. A Slovenian apartment, by contrast, is likely to cost well north of $200,000.
Isolation and Relaxation
Three of the Western European locations on our list are picturesque villages: Saint-Rémy-de-Provence in France, Burford in England and Deia in Majorca. The advantage of these locations is that, despite their small size, all are within commuting distance of larger towns and cities.
Burford might offer the best in terms of proximity to a major city (London), but it's not exactly known for its nice weather or wallet-friendly prices. It's the most expensive location on our list, with a house still costing just shy of $1 million.
Deia and Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, however, offer the warmer, more tranquil sort of life, where the closest big cities are significantly smaller than London. Saint-Rémy-de-Provence is between Avignon and France's Mediterranean coast, not far from the southern Rhône valley--one of the most prestigious wine regions in all of Europe. Deia is a bit more isolated--on the north coast of the Spanish island Majorca--but is still plenty lively since it's a popular holiday destination.
For those who truly want to trade their loafers for flip-flops more-or-less year round, our experts like Kefalonia, Greece. The small island boasts Myrtos, one of the Mediterranean's most beautiful beaches. A two-bedroom apartment here costs less than $250,000.
"Kefalonia has everything you can want--that ideal of sun, sea, sand and simple, healthy food," says Lucy White, a travel editor and writer for Rough Guide, the world travel guide and reference book publisher. "It's so laid back, you can while away the days sailing and swimming and being healthy."
If that sounds a bit too cliché, Ala Osmond, a director of Exeter International, which offers private and escorted tours of Europe, says that the area around the little known city of Sibiu in Romania is "bucolic, an idyllic place." It's probably the most esoteric location on our list, but "there is absolutely no noise or light pollution, and farmers ride round on their horses and carts," she says. "It's a gorgeous, preserved way of life."
And apartments cost well under $100,000.
If exchange rates move even further apart, the prices will only get friendlier. So maybe it's not a question of where to relocate to for good, but where to live during each season
Publicado: 12-06-2008 12:26 PM
Me sorprendió Burford, es como de la Edad Media, toda de piedra.
Yo me quedo con la Provenza, la Toscana o Las Baleares, las demás o efectivamente hace mucho frío o el nivel de vida no es tan alto, o simplemente no me llaman.
Publicado: 12-07-2008 05:59 AM