Gocek

This was the final week of our amazing summer cruise. Knowing that soon we would be tied to the dock for months, we wanted our final week to be swinging at anchor and untethered to land except by our hook. We specifically wanted to relax and have completely chilled family time with no plans, noContinue reading “Gocek”

Bodrum and Selimiye

Bodrum and Selimye Two of my favorite aspects of living aboard our boat while traveling the world is: 1. Taking all my favorite things – (pillows, boots, blankets, and outerwear for any weather) with me, and 2. Living wherever I feel like living. I’m not someone who loves the city or loves the country butContinue reading “Bodrum and Selimiye”

Bozcaada, Ayvalık, Cunda

Trip North to Istanbul One of the most difficult challenges we face is deciding which towns/islands/countries to visit and which to bypass. The sad unavoidable truth that we continue to reconcile is that no matter for how long we plan to visit, we will not see everything we hoped, planned, or dreamed of seeing. ThatContinue reading “Bozcaada, Ayvalık, Cunda”

Didim, Turkey

When we travel from one country to another, despite the level of research we do, I can never really know what we will find when we arrive. It is for this reason we like to take a ““peek”” at a place before committing to an entire winter there. We were glad we took this approachContinue reading “Didim, Turkey”

Victron update, Ionian Greece, Boat School

A mere 2 weeks into our cruising season and so much is happening, I’m all ready to make a short post. This is going to have more photos than words but will include a bit of an update on our Victron/Solar upgrade, Jacks school (big changes), and our stops thus far. We left Montenegro onContinue reading “Victron update, Ionian Greece, Boat School”

“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)”