Welcome to 2019!

Hi everyone! We hope your New Years Eve was as much fun as ours!

As mentioned earlier we had booked a table at “Shardana Wine and Sea” and from the first moment, we didn’t regret it! I must admit though, I was a bit sceptical…not that I didn’t trust the chef and his ability to cook lovely meals, or the restaurant itself.

But how do you celebrate New Years Eve in Italy? What were we supposed to do? Since we don’t speak and understand Italian, I was a bit worried about that. Well, no need for that, as it turned out!
The restaurant was fully booked (which means about 25 guests) and the atmosphere very familiar and heartily!

We arrived just after 9 p.m. and the chef and his wife guided us professionally through the menus and the wine, explained our food and what would happen next.

Karaoke was surprisingly a highlight and – while singing and partying – we truly felt like being part of a big family! We had so much fun!

Enjoying Ourselves

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 wish you all a Merry Christmas a Happy New Year !

 

Preparing for Loano

Time flies by when you are busy, doesn’t it!?

Well, good for us, that means our Christmas holidays are coming closer and we’ll soon drive to Loano!

The Mercury outboard engine has been delivered to the Marinas Office last Wednesday. Matteo informed Patrik and brought it to our garage – thanks a lot, Matteo!

The ordered towels have also arrived at our place – the just need to be washed and packed down again!

About the bimini and ordering a new one: We received the color samples, which look very promising. But we are still waiting for a price offer, in order to replace the sprayhood (only the cover) as well – maybe. This is still intact, though, but buying everything new would mean, we could have a total new color and wouldn’t have to try to match the new bimini to the existing sprayhood. Apparently, a new sprayhood cover wouldn’t be too expensive, but we’ll see after we get the offer…

The Feast of Love – or is it?

Everyone can feel it, something is in the air! Christmas is on its way and if you like it or not, you are involved. Christmas songs are played on the radio and on TV it’s almost impossible to see a not-Christmas-related movie.
Some love this time of the year and some are less enthusiastic about it. I count myself to the latter. Mostly, because I don’t like the winter, it’s too dark and usually cold. I reckon I’m the only one who doesn’t like snow either… at least amongst my family and friends.
We don’t have any yet, though!

Christmas Holidays with Luna Azzurra?

As some of you already know, Patrik and I are planning to visit Luna Azzurra over Christmas and New Year.

Naturally, we look very forward to see our “baby” again and we hope the weather stays as it has been the last few days: Calm and sunny, with 10-15 degrees C.

It won’t be only a pleasure visit, though, some work has to be done too. Luna Azzurra’s hull needs a proper cleaning. Therefore, we hope we can book the floating dock at the marinas shipyard and haul her out of the water.

Patrik also bought a polishing machine this week, so we can turn her into a shiny, dark blue diamond! Although, for that task we need at least 15 degrees C, otherwise the polishing will be a mess.

Nevertheless, she’ll look amazing when she’s finished and we might have a second baptizing – with her fancy logo on both sides and her name, finally well visible at her hull!

A Busy Weekend

We were looking very forward to this weekend, as our dear friend Pascale from Luxembourg announced a few weeks ago, that she would visit us!

She and her friend Philippe arrived on Saturday early afternoon by car. After hearty hugs and kisses we decided to visit the nearby “Hausammann” vineyard, in order to celebrate our reunion properly. Plus, Patrik and I needed to buy some wine anyway, so it suited us perfectly!

Every Saturday Hausammann’s open their beautiful glass pavilion, which is the perfect surrounding to degust their different wines and have a nice chat. No surprise that the afternoon went too quick and we had to say good bye to Nadine and Urs Hausammann.

Back home we suddenly had to rush in order to get ready. A table was booked at 18.30h at the newly opened “Pizzeria Ristorante Molino” in Frauenfeld. So “hop-hop” everyone, as Pascale used to say!

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