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…”

Sardinia – Part Due

Sardinia – What to see We are now settled into the Moys Marina in Olbia, Italy (Sardinia). To bring you up to date on the Covid and regulatory issues, upon our arrival in La Maddalena in the NE corner of Sardinia, we were notified of a new regulation for persons arriving from Spain. We neededContinue reading “Sardinia – Part Due”

Sardinia – Not all fun and games

“You got what you wanted”. Jack’s ever present ability to sum up a situation in a matter of a few words if not well timed, has always been a skill. The timing, however, will have to take some finesse in the coming years though. Let me go back a couple of days. We made aContinue reading “Sardinia – Not all fun and games”

Balearic Islands Part 2

Soller, Formentor and Pollenca Mallorca Due to the length of the post I have opted to break the Balearic Island posts into 3 different pieces – Please look back or forward to other entries on different Islands. Recommended by 3 different people in 3 different countries, the next stop was Port of Soller, 3 kmContinue reading “Balearic Islands Part 2”

The Balearic Islands Part 1

The Balearic Islands This entry has become too long and thus I have decided to break it into 3 different posts. The first will be Ibiza and 2 Southern Ports in Mallorca while the next post will be the 2 Northern ports in Mallorca and finally the 3rd will be the as yet un touredContinue reading “The Balearic Islands Part 1”

Gibraltar (the second time)

Gibraltar (the second time) Several months ago, before Covid changed the world forever, Alec, Jack and I traveled to Gibraltar to do research for winter 2021, believing then that we would make our way into the Med for the following summer 2021. Even though that was only 6 months ago, everyone reading this can relateContinue reading “Gibraltar (the second time)”