“Those who decide to use leisure as a means of mental development, who love good music, good books, good pictures, good plays, good company, good conversation – what are they? They are the happiest people in the world.” – William Lyon Phelps
Have you ever travelled to a particular country and fell so in love that you considered making this place where you retire?
If so, that’s how I feel about the French Riviera .
My partner and I stayed at Le Hotel le Grimaldi, which is a walking distance from Le Promenade des Anglais, beautiful luxury shops, and a plethora of food options.
People like Elton John, Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt, Jay-Z, Johnny Depp, Roman Abramovich, and Tina Turner are just a few of the many celebrities that either own homes or frequent the South of France. There is something about visiting these cities from fast cities like where I reside in London that changes you.
For one, I have seldom ever gone running in my life. The treadmill does not count! Staying at a hotel in Nice so close to the Mediterranean and looking at the residents of all ages jogging in the morning had me running in the early mornings with my partner. France had me being my most outdoorsy self. Besides running, there were so many activities that people were engaging in. If you feel like you need some motivation to be a healthy you, stay in the French Riviera.
The way you experience food is difference once you travel to the French Riviera. For me, coming from Canada, moving to England, then travelling all of Europe, experiencing food elevated once I visited France and Portugal. But it was special in Nice. Visiting the French Riviera, eating processed food and grocery shopping in big name grocery stores is just not a thing. Grabbing groceries from open markets and little boutiques is a much more normalized experience here. Besides the many health benefits to buying fruits and vegetables directly from growers, it just feels better to support families who are working hard to give us non-pesticide fresh food.
One thing that I have grown to love is breads, cheese, and meats because of my experiences in France. There is nothing like waking up in the morning to a beautiful sun, walking down the street, grabbing fresh orange juice, fruits, breads, cheeses, and meats, coming home and setting up a beautiful breakfast. You must experience this and take it into your own normal life. But that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t be eating out a lot as well. Nice has some amazing restaurants that just from a Google search will have your mouth watering!
Embracing The Simple Life
Vising the French Riviera just confirmed the sort of lifestyle I want for myself. With me and my partner being very ambitious, we have always been long-term thinkers regarding where we may retire in our late thirties, early forties. Having travelled every single month, Nice, France definitely took my breath away. To me, having wealth isn’t to just spend per se, but to also have the freedom to live peacefully, privately, and leisurely. The French Riviera brings these things to life. Having all the fancy things you’ve ever desired is fun and all, but from experience, once you buy these things, they become as insignificant as the pair of socks that you forget are under your bed.
Us as humans are motivated by whatever we attain to achieve. Whether it is materialistic, a monetary goal, a lifestyle, etc., once those things are achieved, you will desire more. This is why for some, like myself, the goal is to find where you want to retire where you can live the life you always have wanted. Look for somewhere that you can make your hobbies that used to be enjoyed once a week, a daily thing. For me, that place is in Nice, France.
Where is it for you?
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