Anniversaries, Boat Yards and finally Freedom (for a little while)!!! Sicily, Italy

The foo-foo Anniversaries. They are such wonderful markers of life’s bigger events and one can’t help but take stock upon transiting a milestone. Aboard Gratitude we have 2 such occasions occurring in March. The 18th anniversary of our marriage on the 22nd, and the 3rd anniversary of our purchase of Gratitude N6403. When I considerContinue reading “Anniversaries, Boat Yards and finally Freedom (for a little while)!!! Sicily, Italy”

Cruising in a Pandemic

Live aboard cruising in the midst of a pandemic When we planned to live overseas in Europe for several years, we had dreamed of long lazy days soaking up the Mediterranean sunshine while dining on several hours long midafternoon meals of pasta, formaggio, bread and gelato. Farthest from our minds were the hours which IContinue reading “Cruising in a Pandemic”

YEAR END REVIEW, 2020

MERRY CHRISTMAS! Marina di Ragusa and Caltagirone, Sicily It is December 29th and we have just celebrated our 2nd Christmas aboard Gratitude and living overseas. The end of the year is such a great opportunity to take stock and see where we have been and examine where we wish to go. I think you wouldContinue reading “YEAR END REVIEW, 2020”

Wintering in Marina di Ragusa, Sicily

Sometime in the early to mid-October, we made it back to Siracusa and Gratitude and prepared for the final short leg of our summer cruise – Siracusa-Marina di Ragusa. Having never been to Marina di Ragusa, we were unsure what would greet us when we arrived but most of our research of other blogs andContinue reading “Wintering in Marina di Ragusa, Sicily”

Tuscany – A tour of Italy part 3

A tour of Italy part 3 – TUSCANY Since leaving the US and after traveling to numerous countries, islands and towns, we have loved each stop in its own way, but never felt “at home” in any of them. This is the first time in 19 months we felt immediately as though we could setContinue reading “Tuscany – A tour of Italy part 3”

FLORENCE AND TUSCANY

BOY AM I BEHIND!!! I had planned to write about our nearly 3-week road trip through Italy bit by bit, but I expected it to be more timely than this! We have been having so much fun in Marina di Ragusa, Italy getting settled that the past has been harder and harder to write about.Continue reading “FLORENCE AND TUSCANY”

ROME – it wasn’t build in a day and you won’t see it in one either!!

Rome – It wasn’t built in a day and believe me, it will take more than a day to see it! Our Immigration challenges newly resolved, we were ready to move on from Siracusa, Italy. The plan was to take Gratitude North to Genoa, then begin a slow and steady trip south ending in Ragusa,Continue reading “ROME – it wasn’t build in a day and you won’t see it in one either!!”

Siracusa, Italy (Sicily)

What a month it has been! There is way too much to cover in one blog post so I’m going to break it up. While I’m tempted to begin at the end of the trip around Italy since the last week was EPIC, I’m going to begin at the beginning and get to last weekContinue reading “Siracusa, Italy (Sicily)”

Cruising Italy – Your Sandbox – Your Rules…

Last month, Ocean Navigator published a piece that I wrote about the complicated European regulations which govern our time and decisions in Europe, so it isn’t as though this was news to us. In a very short nutshell, there is European VAT (or the avoidance thereof) on the boat – Gratitude in this case, andContinue reading “Cruising Italy – Your Sandbox – Your Rules…”