10 Things to do in Llafranc, Spain

Llafranc is a small beach community 80 miles from Barcelona. The town in the Costa Brava area of northern Spain gets very busy with Spanish and Catalan tourists during the month of August when all the locals go on their holidays. I think the best time to visit the area is April to June or September through October. If you prefer cool temperatures, January to March is a great time to visit as there are few tourists in the town. Although it is close to Barcelona, I wouldn’t recommend just a...

Is Vietnam A Safe Place to Live?

Living in modern-day Vietnam is safe and fun. I’ve had to shake my head when people asked me over the years whether there is still a war being fought here; that war officially ended over 40 years ago and Vietnam has moved forward. According to the 2019 Global Peace Index, Vietnam ranks 57th out of 163 countries in safety—well above the United States in the 114th position. In today’s Vietnam, violent crime is rare. The greatest risks are being overcharged by a taxi driver or street vendor,...

10 Best Restaurants in Bali

Forty years ago, the island consisted of dirt roads and small beachside warungs, where locals cooked the favorites Nasi Goreng and Babi Guling, but oh-boy, has Bali evolved over the years. Now there are 5-star resorts dotted all over, and amongst the designer stores and local markets, you’ll find upscale restaurants serving the most amazing food. It’s not only the food that gets the attention, there’s designer décor, celebrity chefs, chic cocktails, and the most scenic settings. Whether it’s...

Things to Do in Dalat, Vietnam

Known as the City of a Thousand Pine Trees, Dalat offers more than enough activities to keep you busy. The town’s 4,921-foot elevation keeps it cool year-round, yet it’s only a six-hour drive or a 50-minute flight to steamy Ho Chi Minh City. Dalat is tucked into a hilly valley, surrounded by pine forests, cascading waterfalls, exotic temples, and peaceful lakes. Its growing population of more than 400,000 makes it large enough to have everything you need, yet small enough to have a...

Feeling Eternally Young on the Sittee River, Belize

My wife, Dolly, and I were in our early 50s when we decided to retire to Central America. Now fully retired at age 62, I can look back on the last 10 years of our life as expats with immense gratification. We were wildlife photographers and, having spent the best part of 20 years working in Europe and Africa, the American continent beckoned. Costa Rica—where we’d honeymooned 20 years earlier—had some appeal: A small investment in a teak stand or other farm activity was the request of the...

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