Already six days have gone, since we arrived in Loano.
The drive went super quick: We left last Monday, at 09.25h and six hours later, at exactly 15.22h, we drove through the Marina di Loano gate! A new record!
We even had a 30 minutes break and lost some time, due to unexpected snow fall at the northern side of the San Bernardino tunnel. As soon as we were on the other side and driving more and more south, the temperature rose, the sun was shining and soon it showed 16, and even 18 degrees C!
And then, suddenly we were here! What a very special moment it was to see Luna Azzurra again – how beautiful she is, exactly as we remembered her!
It didn’t take so long to install ourselves, and soon we clinked our glasses, happy to be here and to Christmas Days – it was the 24th December after all!
Our first evening was very cozy, with a lovely homemade meal – the heating system onboard worked wonderfully – and we planned our stay, what to shop and what we need to accomplish during these days.
We knew that the big shopping mall in Albenga would be closed on the 25th and 26th December, so no stress for a couple of days, but a lot of time to stroll around in Loano and along the beach promenades, have a little lunch and simply enjoy the beautiful and sunny weather.
It almost feels like spring, if there wasn’t the Christmas decoration everywhere. Funny atmosphere actually!
The 27th arrived and we finally jumped into action, driving to Albenga, to the DIY shop, where we bought some storage equipment to put up in the garage. Then grocery shopping which took some time and just before three o’clock we were back at the boat again.
We didn’t do a lot with the remaining day, except install some stuff at the garage and take the dinghy to our boat. We would need it the next day, in order to remove the bleached and ugly looking stripe outside the hull and start polishing.
What we also did was visiting the well known restaurant “Shardana Wine and Sea” – which lies in the marina area. They offer a multiple course menu for New Years Eve and we wanted to ask if a vegetarian version would be possible. At our earlier visits to Loano this year, we ate there a couple of times and knew it’s an excellent little restaurant! So celebrating New Year there, would be a real highlight!
The chef asked a few things, about my eating habits, made some notes and asked us to come back the next day. He would have to think about the possibilities, in order to serve me an equal menu. Exciting – and we looked forward to hear his decision the next day!
That evening Patrik and I decided to eat out and found a miniature pizzeria, decorated as a pirates nest and we soon discovered that it was more a children’s restaurant. The pizza was very tasty, but no salad or another starter was available. At least they had a nice wine list and a very good espresso after the meal.… yeah well, the price was so little, it almost wasn’t worth to call it “bill”!
That meant we were back home quite early and decided to watch a DVD – we took Patrik’s old Apple screen with us and a few movies. So – voilà – there we were, lying on the sofa with a glass of red wine and watched a movie!
The next day – the 28th – we removed the provisory sticker reading Luna Azzurra at the aft and putting up the new one! We also put up the www.freja-theCAT.com font on the boom, plus our registration number. It looks very professional now.
In between we quickly went to “Shardana”, to ask about the New Years Eve menu. YES, he could do it and he started to explain what his ideas were! His suggestions sounded very tasty, with homemade pasta, a mini veg-lasagne and some courses I didn’t understand fully. Well, as long as I won’t have “animals” on my plate, I will be more than happy and I’m sure he will do his outmost! So that was fixed, cool!
Back at Luna Azzurra, we continued with one side of the hull, removing the stripe and see how the polishing would work the next day. Yes, it was already time for a shower and a well earned aperitif! We cooked a lovely dinner and so another movie evening came to an end.
29th December: Busy again, especially Patrik was working really hard, polishing the bow of Luna Azzurra, preparing the surface for the last stickers….well, HER very special logo. The cat and the mouse playing chess!
Meanwhile, I was writing this post….although it was a little bit challenging without my little help LEO. Why? For two days we didn’t have internet connection, which was a bit challenging! No WhatsApp, nothing! We pay for that obviously!
OK, OK, on one hand it’s pretty relaxing, not being able to communicate with the “rest of the world”, but it would be nice to keep in touch with our parents at least, and our cat and house sitter! *sigh*
Today is Sunday and apparently the DIY and shopping mall in Albenga are open. Looks like we’ll drive there later and buy some more shelves for the garage, a ladder, plus one or two more storage boxes. Can’t have enough of those, if you are near the sea with its salt in the air.
I’ll also do some washing today – luckily there is a DIY laundry just a couple of minutes away!
Tomorrow is the last day of 2018 and we do look forward to a sunny day and a sparkly evening at “Shardana Wine and Sea”.
Happy New Year everyone!