Yesterday, Saturday 24th August, our vacation has finally started! *smile*
Although, not very gentle, since we got up four (4!!) o’clock in the morning, in order to leave home at five! *biiig yawn*
But it was worth it, because we arrived in Loano just before lunchtime, which was perfect! This time we brought our provisions and water from home, since we didn’t wanted to waste time, with grocery shopping in Italy. Plus, we won’t need much, since we’re sailing non-stop only to Rosignano Solvay and leave Luna Azzurra at the wharf, for her “make over”.
So yesterday we left Loano soon after our arrival and on our way to Tuscany, passed the Gulf of Genoa. We hoped the trip wouldn’t take much longer than 20 hours and that the Weather Gods would be on our side!
Today, Sunday morning, we arrived at the Marina Cala de’ Medici, where we’ll stay for one night. On Monday, before 8 a.m. we’ll sail our boat over to the wharf, which is just around the corner, were we’ll hand her over to the staff.
After that we’ll get our rental car and head for Naples! We decided to drive southwards, instead of exploring Tuscany. Mainly since I have never been in Naples, although it’s my father’s home town – and therefore a little bit mine as well. So, it’s well overdue that I finally visit this lively city!
Patrik has been there a couple of times, due to his work….and he liked it a lot! Very promising!
Anyway, last week I’ve booked a hotel room at the “Hotel Miramare”, from 27th to 30th August and we hope it is as nice as described. On the way to Naples we’ll spend the night in a hotel which we’ll choose spontaneously.
Sadly, we won’t have a lot of time in Naples, and we want to see so many things there: Pompeji and Herculaneum is a MUST of course! If we’ll climb on top the Vesuvius…we’ll see. The Amalfi coast with its picturesque city Positano would be lovely to see, as also the island of Capri – with the famous “Grotta Azzurra”!
Naples and it’s old city also offers a lot, worth to visit: The different museums, countless churches, the Duomo Di San Gennaro of course, catacombs and – last but not least the Castello Reale. Not for nothing belongs the old part of the city to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, since 1955!
Naturally we’ll need to try the real Pizza Napoletana – apparently from here the tasty dough-cake started its triumphal procession in the year 1889.
Well, well, we’ll see if the saying is true: „Vedi Napoli e poi muori“, means “If you have seen Naples, you can die calmly” .
I haven’t mentioned that I even have an auntie who lives in Naples. I haven’t seen her in – hmm…I believe – over 30 years! We keep a casual contact and last week I tried to called her to ask, if we could meet. Unfortunately, I couldn’t reach her…maybe the phone number has changed, who knows? What a pity, really!
We hope to get Luna Azzurra back on Saturday, 31st August, that’s why we’re leaving Naples on the 30th and head North again.
We then just need to buy groceries and start the second part of our vacation – (almost) two weeks of sailing!
Our aim is sailing over to Elba and spend some days there, we also want visit the tiny island north of it, called Capraia Isola, and finally further to Corsica, where we also would like to spend some time.
Not too long though, since we also have to think about returning to Loano in good time. The trip will take about 17 hours.
We don’t know yet, how long we’ll be sailing around the islands and when exactly we’ll be back in Loano. Depends on the wind and weather of course! All we know for sure is that on the 13th or latest 14th September we’ll have to return to Switzerland, the week after we’ll start working again….
And before heading home we’ll need to clean Luna Azzurra thoroughly, which takes at least one day!
So let’s see what happens! We’ll try to keep you guys updated of course, but no guarantee is granted! Yet, at the latest after our vacation you will read from us again!
Ciao Amici e a presto !