CAPTIVATING CROATIA!

Captivating Croatia!! There are so few places on the planet which remain unspoiled. Alec and I have been cruising the Bahamas for the past 20 years and in that time, we have born witness to changes so great, it sometimes hurts a little to go back. Harbors which were unspoiled, untouched by human hand andContinue reading “CAPTIVATING CROATIA!”

MONTENEGRO

Montenegro Named for the stunning mountains that encircle this striking country, we were expecting black or brown mountains, but we were not disappointed to be greeted instead by a blanket of green velvet, tree covered crag. After a 50 hour passage we had completely relaxing and uneventful conditions and arrived to put another pin inContinue reading “MONTENEGRO”

So Long Sicily… HELLO, MONTENEGRO!!

Good-Bye Sicily… HELLO MONTENEGRO!!! I have noticed a pattern when we spend several weeks or even months in one location. I have itchy feet and dare I say, desperation, as the days turn into weeks, then weeks into months. When I think it is time to move on, I have no patience for waiting forContinue reading “So Long Sicily… HELLO, MONTENEGRO!!”

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”