Of all of the places I’ve travelled overseas, there are only a few
that literally “struck” me as places I was compelled to return to.
The one that immediately lept to mind when I was reading your post
Amsterdam is in one of the most beautiful countries of the world,
surrounded by unspoiled countryside that looks like it hasn’t changed
since Rembrandt lived and painted there. The people are incredibly
friendly and very cosmopolitan, the food (outdoor cafes abound!) is
glorious and more varied than I’ve seen anywhere in the world, and
there is an unparalleled vibrancy to the arts and jewelry
communities. It’s one of those glorious places where you can stand
on the sidewalk with your eyes closed and hear 50 different languages
swirling around you.
You can reach anywhere in Europe by rail (or air) very easily, and
can drive a little over an hour to reach the hovercraft to get over
to the U.K. Couple all of that with tolerant social policies, low
crime rates, excellent government services and institutionalized
environmentalism and you have a “winner” from my perspective.
Best of luck!