Elba – Capraia – no Corsica – Loano – Part One

This time we were lucky with a train back to Rosignano: As soon as we arrived at the train station, we just had time to buy the tickets and the train rolled in. Twelve minutes later we were back in Rosignano again – marvellous!

It was exactly 12 o’clock lunchtime when we left the marina Cala de Medici, off to Elba! Our aim was a nice anchor spot in the Golfo di Procchio. We arrived there at 7 p.m., after a nice sailing and perfect weather!

There we suddenly realised that our two batteries were dying… crap!!

This meant, we were forced to book a berth at the marina Portoferraio, in order to buy new batteries. Our original plan was to just anchor outside the marina and take the dinghy in, to have a look at the historical city. Yeah, well…..plans changed.

So we spent one night at anchor and took the dinghy into the city the next day.

Realising that someone had emptied the fuel canister for the Mercury (without telling us), it was a worrying trip to the island, hoping to have enough fuel to be able to cross all the ferries in time. Luckily, we did!

Amazing Naples

More people arrived at the station in order to catch the train towards Florence. Two of them – a very friendly Italian pair, whom we already had asked for directions a bit earlier -were suddenly beside us again and we began to chat a little… as good as possible, with our Italian and their English knowledge.

It turned out that they have a holiday home in Vada (which lies between Rosignano and Cecina) and she had to return home due to her parents, which are 95 years old.

Shortly before Donatella’s train arrived – meanwhile we had even introduced ourselves – Sergio offered to drive us to Cecina. We truly couldn’t believe it….Such kindness towards total strangers!

Our Vacation Has Started

Today is Saturday and our vacation has just started! *smile*

Although, not very gentle, since we got up four (4!!) o’clock this 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”.

We hope for the best but plan for the worst.

It start to come close to our holiday and the planing start to become real and …. hmmm soon some stress as well.

As you can see it is me as so called skippers time to write even though Diana is as much skipper and have the same paper. Anyway it it as it is and it is quite an easy post only to show preliminary planed routes. Wetter is king here and we are only human and have to follow suit.

As Diana wrote some weeks ago we will leave from home Saturday early to arrive Loano hopefully before lunch. Then just load onboard all our gear and leave (OK we have a few small stuff to do before).

Stand Up Paddling & a Visit to the Theatre

The sun was shining and we had around 28 degrees C (the water was about 26 deg. C)! There were some small waves this time, which made it a bit tricky to stand up, so we were most of the time on our knees paddling, or just took a break sat on the boards, and enjoyed the view, sun and quietness

Then, yesterday evening, Patrik and I met my family in Winterthur. Our aim was the “Sommertheater” and to see a play called “Schiff über Bord” (Ship Overboard). It was a while ago that we decided to have a reunion, so why not in the theatre?

Happy Birthday Switzerland

This week was a short one – work related I mean!

The weather was nice and Patrik was lucky enough to capture some butterflies on camera!

On Thursday, 1st August was the Swiss National Day – which naturally is a holiday! And on Friday Patrik and I took the day off as well, as many others did!

Well, in the afternoon of 1st of August the sun was shining and my parents came for an aperitif and stayed until 4 p.m.  After they have left, Patrik and I slowly started to prepare our dinner, which was a raclette (real cheese for Patrik, vegan version for me).

It was around eight when we ate and later on the fireworks started. It looked nice of course, and with our wonderful view, we truly had VIP standards.

10th Wedding Anniversary

Congrats to us – on Wednesday, the 24th of July, Patrik and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary!
Patrik had already booked a table at the restaurant at the Kartause Ittingen (an old monastery, which lies nearby) for the evening. So that part was settled.
For the day we wanted to do something special and drove to the Lake Constance. There we wanted to test/rent a stand up paddle board (SUP)! Why? Well, why not?

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