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!
About half an hour before Midnight, the obligate panettone was served, plus a bottle of prosecco. Yes, a whole bottle was included with the menu – unbelievable!
While the countdown was on, people started to open their prosecco bottles and counting loudly backwards accompanied by the oversized clock on the screen!
ZERO – HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Hands were shaken, people were hugging and kissing each other – even Patrik and I got involved in the overwhelming event!
Around one o’clock, the “leader of the pack” – Giancarlo – announced that we would relocate to the the Yacht Club! All righty, said and done. People were grabbing their jackets and belongings and off we went. Patrik and I stopped at Luna Azzurra on the way, to leave our half a bottle of wine, which was leftover from the dinner. At the Yacht Club, Giancarlo offered a glass of prosecco to all of us, and we tried to mingle in. Some were dancing, others just talking. A live band was playing, but even so, the atmosphere was gone somehow.
So after finishing our glass, Patrik and I decided to call it a day….well, night….and started to leave. Meanwhile, the owners of Shardana also had arrived, and we took our chance to say goodbye and thanking again for the fabulous dinner and evening!
Back at the boat, Patrik and I started to watch a movie and at three o’clock we went to bed. Tired and very happy we fell asleep – nighty night!
The next day – sunny again, by the way – we didn’t do much, except of sleeping in (me at least), removing the old bimini bares, mounting the outboard holder and completed this and that. No stress!
All in all we completed everything we aimed for while being in Loano. The garage is organised and looks very tidy, Luna Azzurra has been baptised once again, we met Matteo and his wife and discovered some new shops in town and outside (grocery and handy ones).
A cool thing was clearly to get to know our “next-boat” neighbour Alberto, who owns the beautiful ORION, and the boat owners on the other side. It was good to meet and greet, even other boat owners on our pontoon, who were there for a few days, waved their hand and we said our “buon giornos”, buon natales” and “buon annos”. Slowly but steady, it seems like we start to belong to the Marina di Loano, which is a lovely feeling!
Sadly, our day for departure came too early and on the 3rd of January, 1 p.m. We left Luna Azzurra and Loano. Everything has been cleaned and is in order again. – ready for our future guests on board.
Our journey home took almost seven hours, including two short breaks. On the northern side of the San Bernardino tunnel, the temperatures were tangible lower – around zero deg. C – and we had some fine snow fall. Luckily, we had no traffic jam or some other delay, although the radio warned for traffic problems and icy roads.
Odin yawned at us when we finally entered our house! Our Sweetie-Pie! In we went with our baggage and stuff, afterwards we sent a quick Whatsapp to our parents and our catsitter. Letting them know that we arrived home safely.
Well, Saturday today, and most of the laundry has been done, we went grocery shopping yesterday and. Patrik is already packing his bags again…..yeah, his work will get him to Texas on Tuesday. Visiting customers in the States, he will be away for at least 10 days.
Me, I’ll start working again on Monday. …looking already forward to Easter, when Patrik and I will return to Loano and to Luna Azzurra!
So long, darling!