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”

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”