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Gra­ham and Pauline War­ren right, sold their home in Bri­tain and ar­rived in Luxor in Septem­ber 2004, with their re­main­ing pos­ses­sions crammed into two suit­cases.

They have a small, one-floor villa on the out­skirts of Luxor and share it with four dogs, a cat and three kit­tens.

Gra­ham says: “Why Egypt? This is what we were so fre­quently asked when we told friends and fam­ily that we were leav­ing Eng­land.

“To us, the ob­vi­ous an­swer was ‘why not?’ With sun­shine all year round, a lush green en­vi­ron­ment and, most im­por­tantly, peo­ple who are wel­com­ing and friendly, how mis­guided were their reser­va­tions.

“What could be bet­ter than tak­ing the ferry across the Nile from Luxor Tem­ple, to walk in the The­ban Hills that en­com­pass the Val­ley of the Kings, the Val­ley of the Queens, Queen Hat­shep­sut’s tem­ple? Then stop for a tea with one of the wel­com­ing lo­cals and, on your way back home, walk through the souk to buy re­ally fresh, great tast­ing, or­gan­i­cally-grown pro­duce.

“Egypt is very wel­com­ing to for­eign­ers who want to live here, and a trip to the pass­port of­fice in Cairo or Luxor will get you a visa to stay in the coun­try for a year and costs about £10.

“There are many Euro­peans liv­ing in and around Luxor. Some stay here all year but many split their time be­tween Luxor and Europe and there are al­ways tourists from home to chat with as well as the lo­cals so there is no need to ever feel lonely.”

Eat­ing is in­ex­pen­sive, say the cou­ple. A spaghetti bolog­nese is £1.50 and a steak din­ner £4.

On the east bank of Luxor, two- bed­room flats in the pop­u­lar Fayruze area are avail­able to buy from £15,000.

Egypt is hot, ex­otic and the cost of liv­ing is low, but per­sonal safety and health­care can be is­sues.

Keith Bru­ford worked as an elec­tri­cian in the UK. He re­tired to Cape Verde at the age of 62 and will even­tu­ally be joined by his wife, An­nette, when she re­tires as a teacher.

You need a prov­able in­come of about £1,000 a month to re­tire here and the best places to live in­clude Sal, which is the most de­vel­oped is­land.

Keith says: “Hav­ing played a lot of sport in the UK, I have plenty of wear and tear on my joints, which ached a lot back in Eng­land. Here, on Sal, the sun is my doc­tor and I feel great. I can’t wait for the golf course to be built. I miss my golf.”

He adds: “I first saw the op­por­tu­nity to buy a prop­erty on Cape Verde is­lands in 2006. I had been look­ing on the in­ter­net for some­where with an all-year­round warm cli­mate, and Cape Verde fit­ted the bill.

“I vis­ited Sao Vi­cente in 2008 and looked at plans for a de­tached bun­ga­low in Cal­hau but it was go­ing to be a while be­fore it would be com­pleted. I de­cided to take a look at Sal Is­land, which is more touristy, had a num­ber of de­vel­op­ments and the ad­van­tage of di­rect flights from the UK. The air­port is just a short dis­tance away.

“I bought a one-bed apart­ment in a com­plex up at Mur­deira on the west coast of the is­land. It’s very quiet. There’s a bar, res­tau­rant, swim­ming pool and some won­der­ful sea views but not much to do at night. I do my shop­ping in the cap­i­tal, Es­par­gos, as it’s cheaper.

“I am happy here but would pre­fer if there were more English speak­ers.”

The cost of liv­ing is cheap, though it is best to bring your own elec­tri­cal goods, and there is lit­tle crime, though there are so­cial prob­lems be­cause of chronic poverty.

There is year-round sun­shine but it is very windy and the land­scape is bar­ren. Wa­ter is in short sup­ply, but there are an in­creas­ing num­ber of de­sali­na­tion plants.

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