From the last thread:
Beatriz Martin wrote: If it has to be vibrant with life and ideas, it has to be a big city, really big city like New York.
I fear that this may be true. The bottom limit is probably 100,000-200,000 with a strong third level education system (university or equivalent). Yesterday looking on the net at places to rent in various big towns/cities (in Europe) I found myself being put off by the thought of the traffic and the noise.
Is it possible to combine intellectual activity and tranquil surroundings or is the bustle of the city the key? I was in Aalborg in Denmark a few years back and it gave a nice impression but I seriously doubt I could stand the weather in the winter. The people we visited were involved in interesting thing too.
I live on a farm surrounded by forest. I am within an hours drive of Newport and Providence, R.I., and Boston Massachusetts. This gives me access to some of the best Universities in the country, theater, museums, ballet, symphony, night life, etc.. You don't have to live in
the city. The outskirts are fine. Get out a map and a draftsman's compass, find a spot that is more or less equidistant from some appealing cities.
I'd like to say that I had the foresight to do just that, but that would be B S.