03/01/2012 10:02 am ET Updated Mar 01, 2012

Retirement Ideas: Fantasy Retirement Homes And Second Acts

For some of us, retirement has turned into re-hirement, and the idea of actually riding off into the sunset has gone the way of the Marlboro Man. But still, in between the jokes about eating cat food from a can or hoping your daughter marries well enough to support you, there is the fantasy. It's the stuff Post 50s daydream about, where we live out our carefree days in bliss, maybe pursuing that goal that got away. Perhaps you dream of putting down stakes in a village in France or retiring to your own private island. Maybe you fantasize about running a business of your own or volunteering abroad.

Here are a few of our favorite retirement fantasies to whet your imagination.

Fantasy Retirements