It’s October and we are amazed how quick this crazy year went so far….. despite Covid-19 and its consequences!
What had sneaked its way quietly and slowly into our lives, suddenly became a massive worldwide pandemic. No-one expected it would last that long! And to this day, scientists are still trying to find the source of it and how to get rid of it again.
What’s the best method to fight it? Sweden had its own way, whereas other countries did the opposite and yet others panicked. And yet, to this day no-one knows which strategy is successful – if ever one exists!
My personal opinion is that we must learn to live with Corona. I believe in nature law and its logical way, that only the strongest survive! And we humans belong to the nature even if it’s not that obvious sometimes! It’s hard of course, especially if you loose a loved one due to this pandemic…. But what’s the alternative?
The future will answer questions and maybe show us a way…
However, I don’t want to write too much about this unpleasant topic! There are still plenty of positive things not to be forgotten, such as the past summer and our time with Luna Azzurra!
As many know, Patrik and I were more than ready to travel to Italy, when it finally was allowed!
That was from 09th – 12th July and our friends Pascale and Lynn from Luxembourg joined us! We’ve had a fantastic time together, despite Corona and mandatory face masks. After all, we didn’t need a hotel or restaurants, since we could “isolate” ourselves on Luna Azzurra!
The weather was on our side and we enjoyed swimming and anchoring in Punta Crena! Although we only had a few days, it gave a lot and it was fun spending time together!
We even fished an abandoned air mattress out of the water! It was still intact, but disgustingly filthy. It probably was floating around for quite a while. Back at the marina in Loano we happily destroyed and disposed of it! A little bit less pollution in the oceans! (Sadly we have no pictures, we were so occupied to get the damn thing on board!!)
After these days we looked even more forward to our big holidays of course, which were planned for week 33-34. We had a few worries though, if travelling to Italy would still be possible, without ten days quarantine afterwards. Or what would we do, if Italy suddenly was on the “risk list” again, while we were there?
Luckily, our concerns were needless and we enjoyed every single day on Luna Azzurra!
The first few days, my brother André and his two teenage daughters Michèlle and Jacqueline joined us! Again, the weather Gods were on our side and we sailed twice to Punta Crena, once we even stayed overnight! We went swimming, ate splendidly and had a glass of wine or two (or the odd beer for the boys 😉)!
Afterwards, my brother and the girls travelled a bit further in order to spend the following days in a hotel at the beach!
Patrik and I also left the marina and sailed towards France, visiting San Remo, enjoyed anchoring and swimming and lived in the “dolce far niente” mode.
While paddling around on my board I collected all kind of rubbish – amazing how much I got together within a very short time! We even found “Spiderman” (a huge balloon, incl. its string) and were able to get it on board (to be destroyed afterwards).
I know it’s a drop in the bucket, but every piece of plastic less in the oceans is a good thing!
After San Remo we sailed back to Loano, spent two days there, due to uncertain weather conditions. We then went towards Genoa, spent one or more days at the same anchor spot and just enjoyed to travel without hurry.
We came to Varazze and after a couple of days there we returned to Loano. The weather was about to change again and neither of us wanted to experience a stormy journey back.
The decision was paid off by seeing whales (probably pilot whales)! Although, they were quite far away, the magic of this unique experience was incredible!
As everything, also our vacation came to an end and on the 26th of August we were ready for our six hours journey home! Well, ready and ready….not in our minds naturally!
Since then we were busy with our work and doing the last few posts and movies! It was so much fun, experiencing our holidays again, clipping the films, putting them together, choosing the music and find the right words!
It’s Patrik who is responsible for the movies, he became a real expert, I must say 😊 I’m usually doing the long texts which I love a lot!
All right, that was our review of the summer 2020! An unusual one, but not only negative! Less travellers, less airplanes and almost none of the cruising ships left, means less pollution and I bet the environment says “Thank You”.
In my point of view it could stay like this! To close down a bit maybe helped some to catch one’s breath and perhaps was a chance to pause and find to oneself…… ?
It might even help to see a positive side of every misfortune, it possibly has a reason for happening!