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!!”

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”

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)”

Blooming where we are planted, Lagos, Portugal

If you travel by boat, whether sail or motor, you have heard if not used the saying “plans made in the sand at low tide”. Of course, this recent Covid crisis has given new meaning to that phrase in ways none of us could have imagined even 6 months ago when the news reports ofContinue reading “Blooming where we are planted, Lagos, Portugal”