“Are you ok”? No post for 4 months!?

“Is Everything OK? We haven’t read a post from you for 4 months?!?!” I received this text just a couple of days ago and it has been on my mind and heart to update the blog for weeks. But this text really drove home how long it has been. I will attempt to begin theContinue reading ““Are you ok”? No post for 4 months!?”

Venice (with road trip to Piacenza, Verona, Lake Garda)

Italy – Venice, Road trip to Piacenza, Verona, Lake Garda and Milan Ok, so housekeeping first, if you follow us on Instagram (@gratitudelaurie) or you have seen us in Slovenia or Montenegro, you may be wondering why I’m talking about Venice. Well, the answer my dear friends: we are swamped. Which is to say, ourContinue reading “Venice (with road trip to Piacenza, Verona, Lake Garda)”

Venice – Seconda parte (Part 2) Murano, Burano, Santaelena

“Venice”. Few cities conjure more many images both from popular art/culture as well as it’s storied past. If you read my last blog, you know that I was more than a little disillusioned with my perception of Venice and the reality that greeted us. If you haven’t read it, I would recommend that you startContinue reading “Venice – Seconda parte (Part 2) Murano, Burano, Santaelena”

Croatia (Zadar, Mali Losinj, Brijuni, Pula)And Transitions….

The FuFu Transitions, change, progress… whatever the name we give these events in our life, the tenderness is the same. Experiencing these things as an adult is challenging, but with the experience of age, they are easier. I can easily remind myself of the many instances in my life where the hardest “transitions” reaped theContinue reading “Croatia (Zadar, Mali Losinj, Brijuni, Pula)And Transitions….”

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”

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”

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)”

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)”