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”

Cruising Croatia – the Islands

Perhaps the hardest lesson to learn and the one which this life is constantly trying to teach us, is the absolute truth that you simply cannot do it all. Once upon a time, we believed that having a home which we can take anywhere, with all our things and most important humans and pets withContinue reading “Cruising Croatia – the Islands”

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!!”

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)”