Easter Greetings from Loano !

Happy Easter everyone! Since Thursday afternoon we are in Loano, staying on Luna Azzurra.
We are four this time: My “oldest” girlfriend Michelle – we know each other since kindergarten and a friend of hers, Dounia, are with us. Partly for a short holiday, on Sunday afternoon they will drive back to Switzerland – and partly to help us to mount the new bimini.
OR SO WAS THE PLAN! Another reason is that Michelle might rent Luna Azzurra during the summer with some friends, one of them has the sailing license, and she wanted to have a look at the boat and the marina.
What have we done so far?

A New Family Member !

We are very happy and proud to announce that a new member has arrived in our family…..it’s a….Volvo !Well, the main reason was Italy. Since we most probably will travel there more often now, we decided we need a “cheaper” car. Still big enough to load stuff – as we can with our Chevy – but one which isn’t as thirsty. We also have an Audi TT Roadster Cabriolet, but since it is a two-seater, it’s not very practical.Although, it’s a real fun toy, which suits Italy and its climate.Well, it’s obvious that we can’t have three cars and a Harley – so one had to go…. sadly it was our toy car! Since spring is coming, the chance of selling a cabrio was much higher than that of a heavy, 2 ton, always thirsty, American dinosaur

Visitors on Saturday Evening !

Visitors on Saturday Evening
Well no, no martens this time (although, we still hear them sometimes running around on the rooftop)!No, our dear neighbour – and Odins hero (catsitter) – Cony, her three children Tiana, Samuel and Kilian and Cony’s partner Lukas came to us for dinner. Their baby girl Lina was also with us, but she slept most of the time – with six months no surprise!We decided to do a homemade chilli si carne (of course), accompanied by a crisp sallad and  fresh (bought) bread, for our guests – a second version a bit less hot for Lukas. Apparently, he not very used to chilli and Co. No problem for us, of course!The benefit with this meal is, it can be easily prepared the day before and it actually tastes better by doing so. So Patrik was in the kitchen on Friday evening, cooking his tasty speciality.

Greetings from Italy !

We are in Loano and Borghetto Santa Spirito this weekend and wish you all an amazing time!

A Surprising Turn!

My father actually contacted me by email! Sadly, he wrote that he hadn’t anything left from his father. The only photo he had of him, has been destroyed when he was a teenager….😿So no, no letter or documents available.

At least I know now how to write and pronounce the English name correctly 😃.
But amazingly he also wrote that he never wanted to end our contact.
The last time we saw each other (more than twenty years ago) and then said goodbye, we arranged for a new meeting.

A First Wary Forecast

It’s still early in the year and we are not sure if people do usually wait a bit longer with booking boats for vacation. The weather isn’t really tempting either, perhaps a bit early to think about sailing, swimming and hot weather…. At least here in central Europe it still looks more like winter than spring. Luckily no more snow, but still chilly with cold winds. The sun is kind enough and presents herself sometimes, though!When checking the weather in the south it’s a few degrees warmer and we envy the lucky ones there. We also saw on the webcams that the marina is starting to wake up from its winter sleep. On nice weekends people are there, fiddling with their boats, go out sailing or simply enjoy a few days on their yachts!Yeah, Patrik and I do wish we would live closer to our Luna Azzurra!

Searching for my Roots

World War II, although almost at its end, still raged in Europe and Anna was a beautiful twenty year old girl, who lived with her family in Naples, south Italy. As it was common in the south, religion and family honour was still very much alive then. Hmm….it still is, when I think about it.Anyway, as we know from history, allied troops were also stationed in Italy. So it happened that my grandma met a young, good looking English fighter pilot and they fell in love! He’s name was James.So far so good, it could be the start of a beautiful romance! Sadly, it’s not…..James had to leave for a new combat mission after a while, but not before promising her and her family that he’ll be back and they would get married as soon as possible.God, they must have been crazy for each other! It’s unimaginable, how painful it must have been to say goodbye under these circumstances.…

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