Someone asked me recently where else in the world I would liked to have lived.
Well, I'm not as adventurous as two of my children, and would always opt for Europe; I feel safer here.
Anywhere I'd call home would need certain qualities. The natives would need to be warm-hearted, fun-loving, and friendly towards foreigners. The girls and women would need to be olive skinned and beautiful. The climate would need to be such that outdoor living was normal for at least 90% of the year. Frost and snow must be unheard of. Lemons Oranges and Bougainvillea must grow in my garden. And finally, the houses would need to be built of stone, be very beautiful, and offer a rustic simplicity of lifestyle.
I don't think either Spain or Portugal would suit me; too many criminals, and no prestige. Northern Europe holds little appeal, and most of the countries that end in -ia seem unstable.
So, I've made a list of possible contenders. I rather like Italy (preferably the Adriatic side), Corsica Sicily and Sardinia all have island appeal, and the countries on the eastern side of the Adriatic from Croatia down to Greece all look very inviting.
The next thing to study is (of course) the gastronomy of each country. The wine and food of a nation says more about its lifestyle than anything else, and a tour of simple female run eateries (no poncey male chefs please) would be essential before any final choice was made.
I only speak English and French, so I'm leaning towards Corsica; although the Amalfi coast is also a strong contender.
The photo above is of Corsica; you can probably see why it appeals.