Live and Invest Overseas By Kathleen Peddicord

The Night Before Christmas In Paris

Dec. 24, 2013, Paris, France: Paul and Vicki Terhorst assimilated to the French traditional Christmas when they took to enjoying the streets and oysters of Paris…

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

Fifteen years ago Vicki and I spent our first Christmas in Paris.

We stayed in Paris all that winter and decided Paris makes winter the best season of all. Museums, shows, fairs, conferences...Paris in winter runs at full speed. Everything stays open, without the sporadic closings that plague the rest of the year. French chefs cook better food in winter, with more game and heavier, tastier sauces. Fewer tourists clog up the city. I remember one rainy, cold Saturday morning, I raced to the Louvre to be there when it opened. For several minutes I had the Mona Lisa to myself.

As an aside, most tourists arrive and depart Paris on weekends. I figure they rarely want to take in a museum on either their first or final day. So Saturday mornings become the best time to visit the Louvre, Orsay, or other usually crowded museums.


Unexpected Welcome

Dec. 27, 2010, Nha Trang, Vietnam: Safe, friendly, welcoming, affordable Nha Trang, Vietnam, is an emerging top retire overseas choice in Asia.

Congratulations, Meredith DuHamel, the Grand Prize Winner of our Christmas Around The World Trivia Competition on Facebook.

Meredith has won two free conference registrations and, along with a friend, will be joining us, as our guest, for any event on our 2011 calendar.

Meredith, we look forward to meeting you in the New Year!

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

"The Vietnamese must be the most forgiving people in the world," writes Asia Correspondent Wendy Justice. "Even as we've become more familiar with this country, the kind nature of these people is still baffling to us.


Caribbean Christmas

Dec. 24, 2012, Ambergris Caye, Belize: Belize, home to more than 10 different ethnic groups, offers a very multicultural mix of holiday celebrations.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

For those of us who grew up in snow country, it seems odd to be walking around in T-shirts and flip flops on Christmas Day. But, having lived here on Ambergris Caye for seven years now, I've come to appreciate that Belize offers a unique collection of blended Christmas traditions. More than 70% of Belizeans are Christian, so the majority of residents celebrate the birth of Christ. However, the country is also home to more than 10 different ethnic groups. The result is the most multicultural holiday celebrations I can imagine.


Breaking News From Cayo, Belize

Aug. 12, 2014, San Ignacio, Belize: After decades of no news from Belize, the market is moving—even in the less-traveled Cayo District. A new town square, new restaurants, and rising prices around San Ignacio mean this area is finally being discovered.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

Over the past three decades writing about Belize, I've often borrowed Morley Shafer's line from the mid-80s, when he traveled to Belize City to film a segment for 60 Minutes.

"The good news from Belize," Morley said looking up from a little wooden boat in the middle of the Belize River, "is no news from Belize."

True then, true since, and true now, though maybe a little less so. This trip to Belize's Cayo, I'm discovering news worth reporting.

The main town in this part of this country is San Ignacio. For the first 20 years I knew San Ignacio, it was a tiny roundabout with concrete benches, a main drag with hostels and hole-in-the-wall restaurants, and a river launch that was little more than a muddy hillside that you could slide down or drag yourself and your canoe up.

In more recent years, there have been more shops, more restaurants, more small hotels. Still, San Ignacio was San Ignacio, a middle-of-nowhere hub charming for its simple way of life but nothing worth writing home about. Now, San Ignacio is being spruced up. A town square has been created, with a park in the center surrounded by more high-caliber enterprises than I ever might have imagined for this spot, including Fuego, legitimately one of the best restaurants I've eaten in anywhere in the world.

Next-door is a pastry and sweets shop with a pink-and-white striped awning and a floor-to-ceiling display of oversized mason jars filled with gumballs, gummy bears, jawbreakers, and other candy you'll recognize from bygone days.

We've been to Fuego twice, once for dinner and once for happy hour (for the US$2 watermelon mojitos). When we return to town next, we'll try another of the new restaurants that friends have recommended. What a have a choice of fine-dining establishments in San Ignacio, Belize.

"How long have you been open?" I asked the manager of Fuego.


How To Retire Overseas In 2011

Dec. 26, 2010, Baltimore, Maryland: In 2011, the Live and Invest Overseas agenda will feature more expanded coverage, more hand-holding, and more comparative analysis to help you launch your new life overseas.

Also This Week: The Passage Of The Child In Cuenca...Caribbean Christmas...Christmastime In London...Big-Hearted Basque--The France You Never Hear About...

And Lief Simon On: 2011 Tax Tips For Global Property Investors...

Dear Overseas Opportunity Letter Reader,

We awake this day-after-Christmas morning in Baltimore to news of what forecasters here are calling the "Snow Miser Surpriser." Young Jackson is delighted. Back in Panama, he wished for a white Christmas, and it looks like he might just get it one day late. We're told a big snowstorm is on its way.


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Kathleen Peddicord

Kathleen Peddicord is the founder of the Live and Invest Overseas publishing group. With more than 25 years experience covering this beat, Kathleen reports daily on current opportunities for living, retiring, and investing overseas in her free e-letter.

Her book, How To Retire Overseas—Everything You Need To Know To Live Well Abroad For Less, was recently released by Penguin Books.

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