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”

Good-Bye Croatia – Hello Venice!!

Good-Bye Croatia – Hello Venice!! Continuing our cruise North, the final stop on our Croatian itinerary is Rovinj. A charming little fishing village on the Istrian peninsula, this was the best place to land for our final stop in Croatia. Situated in a nearly straight-line distance from Venice across the Adriatic, the two cities couldn’tContinue reading “Good-Bye Croatia – Hello Venice!!”

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….”

Split, Trogir, Krka, Sibenik and Jacks Birthday

Happy 11th Birthday Jack! And Happy Independence Day America! As is our preference, we enjoy balancing our time between anchorages and city life and the past few weeks has been a nice mix of both. There is no question that Jack, at 11 years old, prefers the anchorages and swimming and playing with his friendsContinue reading “Split, Trogir, Krka, Sibenik and Jacks Birthday”

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”

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”

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”