August 2020 archive

Our Second Week

After we left San Remo on Sunday (16th Aug.) lunch time, we decided to anchor somewhere on the way to Loano, enjoy the sun and go swimming. Funnily, we ended up in Diano Marina again.

This time the sea was calm and after eating our dinner we had a good nights rest! We even planned to visit the city the next day and to stay one more night, returning to Loano on Tuesday, 18th August.

Visiting Diano Marina was a good idea. We took the dinghy into the tiny marina, found a safe mooring spot and headed into the city! A very nice one, as it turned out, we also had a little lunch in a small restaurant.

When we headed back to Luna Azzurra, we sea became rougher and the sky started to look quite dark. We even heard some thunder…. After a short discussion what to do, we decided to head straight home, to Loano. It was three o’clock and the journey shouldn’t take longer than three and a halv hours.

It seemed like a wise decision! Although we finally had (almost) perfect sailing weather, with 7-10 knots (!), we were happy to be on our way to a safe harbour!

So it was Monday, 17th Aug., 6.10 p.m. when we arrived at the marina and at seven we were berthed and settled! Inside the walls it was calm, but outside….boy-oh-boy!! Black clouds lingered around, although the sun was shining again. But we could clearly hear the rumbling from the land!

During the night we had some rainfall and around 4 a.m. I got up and closed the hatches. But in the morning the sun was up again and after doing some laundry, changing bedding, towels etc., we went quickly grocery shopping.

Afterwards we went to the little bar in the marina, called “Gavioli” and had some bruschette and a glass of prosecco / white wine. Back at the boat, Patrik installed doorstoppers, while I started to write this post.

 

We stayed in Loano until Wednesday (19th August), then it was time for us to head out again. This time we wanted to explore the east side of Loano, passing Savona and continue a bit further, towards Genoa.

Our first stop was at Punto Crena again, where we stayed with André and the girls the week before.

Since  the weather was after our gusto, we stayed there two nights. Swimming, reading and enjoying was the slogan.

On Friday, 21st we decided to continue our journey. The weather was still hot and sunny, but sadly no wind. We read that anchoring on this side would be even more hopeless, than westwards of Loano. So we were prepared to stay in a marina, either Varazze or Arenzano.

Around 11 a.m. we left the bay and after lunch time we passed the big city of Savona, with its container ships and ferries.

Further we went, passing Varazze with its newly built marina. Patrik even had written to them, asking if they would have berth for us and what the price would be. They had and the price was EUR 82.- per night. Reasonably in our eyes, but we still preferred an anchor spot if possible.

Surprisingly, we did find one, just east of the Varazze marina. It was a bit crowded with yachts, but we quickly  found a suitable spot and dropped the anchor at 14.15. We decided to stay here for at least one night, maybe two.

The night to Saturday was a bit bumpy, though. But otherwise it’s a beautiful spot with a lovely view, and many costly villas to admire.

 

We used our paddle boards, were swimming and….well….again, enjoyed “la dolce far niente” !

On Saturday,  after my cleaning up round with my paddle board, just before three o’clock, dark clouds were building up and the waves became bigger and more uncomfortable. So, with some regret, we decided to leave the bay and sail back towards Loano. The forecast promised another bumpy night and how the weather would be on Sunday was a bit too much of a poker game for our taste.

The journey back would take around 3.5 hours, which seemed ok.

On the way, from a long distance we even saw the dorsal fin of a (or more) whale(s)! Oh wow, THAT was a real highlight. I’ll have to look up, what kind of cetacean we saw, I guess it was a pilot whale…. Amazing!

It was around 6.30 p.m. when we were at our berth and 20 minutes later everything was done and secured. The sky is was still cloudy, but not as bad as we expected. However, we were glad to be safely back!

Being back so early means, we’ll have plenty of time, preparing our journey back home to Switzerland and to Odin. Seeing him again we look very forward to, naturally!  =^.^=

A presto e baci!

 

 

Our First Week

As you’ve realised we’re one week behind with our posts…..

Lack of WIFI connection was the reason, so now we take the opportunity to write about last week!

My brother André and his daughters Michèlle and Jacqueline arrived late afternoon last Sunday. After parking his car, unload it and got settled we finally clinked glasses and welcomed them on board Luna Azzurra!

According to their reaction they were very pleased with their accommodations and felt at home immediately.

That evening we ate out, unfortunately a bit too late, since we almost couldn’t find a table for five. But we were lucky in the end and enjoyed a nice dinner. Afterwards we did a bit of (window-) shopping and strolled around Loano and the promenade along the beach.

The next morning, while eating breakfast,  we decided to take the chance, sailing out, eastwards to Punto Crena. There we could swim and spend the night. No sooner said than done, after 11 a.m. everyone was ready and we left Marina di Loano.

Sadly, the wind was too poor to sail, but it didn’t dampen our high spirits nevertheless! After approx an hour we were settled, the anchor (our NEW Vulcan!) was in the water and so were the paddle boards.

Needless to say that all of us enjoyed the “cooling” water (27°C), by swimming and fooling around! Happy people altogether!

For dinner we made a ratatouille with couscous and sallad! Everyone loved it (unless they were lying ;o) and after a bit of chatting and another drink we were ready for bed!

The next day was about copy-paste! Sun, fun and laughs! Around 3 p.m. we were ready and slowly sailed back to Loano (without wind again….).

After five we were safely secured at our berth, had an aperitif, showered and went to a nearby restaurant for dinner – earlier than last time! Everyone was keen on pizza, so the menu was chosen in no time!

Afterwards a stroll into town again, an espresso, grappa and ice-cream and it was time to return to our boat…

On Wednesday, around lunch time, it was time to say good bye to my brother and kids! Patrik and I wanted to see San Remo and they had booked a hotel room in Diano Marina until Sunday. School would start again on Monday for the girls.

After they’d left we did a quick cleaning and washed the bedlinen etc. We planned to leave Loano on Thursday before lunch, spend the night anchoring in Diano Marina (maybe meet my brother again ;o) and then continue to San Remo.

And so we did, except that we haven’t met André and the girls again.

Unfortunately, Patrik – somehow – managed to lose the bench from our boat into the sea…. Damn!! We even turned around in then hope it would swim…. Well, it didn’t and after 20 minutes of searching we gave up and continued our journey. The mood had dropped a few degrees…..

The night outside Diano Marina was very bumpy and unsettling, though! Never ending swells made it almost impossible to sleep.

Off to San Remo the next day (Friday)! We even made our contribution to the environment and fished a big “Spiderman” balloon out of the sea! It got destroyed of course and would be thrown away, as soon as we would have the chance.

Patrik booked a mooring berth in Portosole for two nights, so instead of entering the marina already at lunch time, we dropped the anchor just outside the marina and went swimming and tried to cool down a bit.

Around five we entered the marina and were shown our berth. Missing the bench, we had to fiddle a bit with the gangway *grrrrrr*

We soon discovered that the showers and toilets were too far away, so we used our own on board!

Dinner we had in town, after exploring a bit of it. And what a lovely dinner we had – it was simply fantastic, both the food and the service. It’s called “Vela d’Oro” and we warmly recommend it!

The next day was simply planned to play tourists. Taking pictures, do some shopping, have a bite to eat…. you know “goditi la vita”, as the Italians say!

The second evening we ate on board Luna Azzurra and stayed there. Pleased with our time in San Remo and our vacation so far!

Here we go at last!

By now we are in Loano, on our beloved SY “Luna Azzurra”!

This time we drove a different way, more westerly. This in order to avoid Genova’s surroundings with its numerous building sites!

It took us 1.5 hours longer, but at least we could drive on and didn’t have to sit in traffic jams.

  

As usual we drove to Albenga’s shopping centre first to stock up on provisions. Of course we were wearing our face masks and followed the regulations.

It took us about 1 hour, which is quicker than other times! Well, probably because we prepared a shopping list already during the week and we start to know where things are in the shop.

Then we stowed away the food, water and clothes…. Well, most of it. We also started to mount and install a few new things, such as our new spice shelf and another storage rack, which is hanging above the sink now! Then we finally bought a magnet strip for the knives. Suddenly the galley looks very neat and organized –         I JUST LOVE IT! 😊

Today is Sunday and the weather does what it’s supposed to do: It’s sunny and hot – exactly as it should be in August and in the Med!

My brother André with his two daughters Michelle and Jacqueline will arrive later in the afternoon. They drove to Monaco yesterday, spent the night in Monte Carlo, and visited a few places of interest. We look forward to have them with us for a few fun days together! The weather forecast looks good, so we will be able to sail out tomorrow and hopefully spend the night at a nice anchor spot! But let’s see, how they like the life on board first!

 

1st August – Swiss National Day

Yesterday Switzerland celebrated its 729th birthday and usually all big (and small) cities in Switzerland organize festivities for their citizens. There you’ll find (primarily) crowds, food stands, politicians holding speeches and amazing firework shows.

This year, though, due to Covid-19, all big celebrations have been cancelled.

Well, in my opinion, by not having these huge fireworks, it did something good for the environment and also for a lot of animals. But that’s my personal point of view.

Anyway, Patrik and I celebrated together with my parents at our place.

We invited them for dinner and – traditionally – had raclette. It’s cheese, melted in tiny pans, served with new potatoes and all kind of pickled veggies and spices.

On top of the raclette oven we fried some cherry tomatoes, tofu, veggie sausages and other goodies.

I for myself ate vegan raclette cheese, which actually comes quite close to the real thing. My parents tried it as well, but weren’t very convinced. Yeah, well, each to his own 😊

Accompanied was our feast by a nice bottle of white wine, which suits this meal perfectly!

We had a lovely evening, a lot to talk and many good laughs! As it became darker some private fireworks started in our surroundings, but we’ve made sure earlier that Odin is inside! He isn’t super scared of these firecrackers, but better safe than sorry…

Around … o’clock my parents started to get ready for their journey home. It’s about a 30 minute drive, so no big deal!

And today? Well, it’s the Sunday before our holiday begins! The last few days Patrik and I were preparing, ordering and buying the last few things for Luna Azzurra! Suddenly the time went quick to our delight, of course!

Next Saturday, 05 o’clock we want to leave and – hopefully – arrive in Loano around lunch time. Never know with these building sites around Genoa….

My brother André and his two girls (Michèlle 17 and Jacqueline 15) will join us on Sunday! They spontaneously accepted our invitation to spend a couple of days with us on our boat! So we are even more excited and look very forward to the following week(-end)!

We’ll try to do a (at least short) post next weekend. But, nonetheless, we have all our equipment with us to let you know where we are and what we do!

Cheers everyone and be good!

 

 

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