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It’s been a while ages, since I’ve posted about what’s happening in my hobby room 🙈

Though I was quiet doesn’t mean I’ve done nothing. The opposite, a couple of new ideas have popped up and here are some results:

I hope you like them as much as I do 🥰

 

 

 

Sailing – Cannes – Loano – 2022

Milking without Cows

A while ago I saw an ad about a British couple on Instagram, who developed – and now produces – a machine, which does plant-based drinks. It’s called Milky Plant 🌱

I loved the idea immediately, since it has loads of benefits. Here are a few:

  • No more waste (Tetra Pak)
  • No animal cruelty
  • Sustainable
  • You know exactly what it contains
  • You can process oat, nuts, rice, hemp, peas, etc. and combine it after your taste
  • The remaining pulp can be used for porridge, baking, muesli, whatever…
  • You preserve the environment
  • For each purchased machine they plant 5 trees and donate 1% for the planet
  • And, last but not least, in the end you safe quite a lot of money, by doing your plant-based drink by yourself

It took me a while though, to order one, since it was still new on the market, and I couldn’t find many reviews (except on their website).

However, my curiosity won, and last week I ordered this wonder machine!

It arrived this week with a lot of extras, for example a thanking compostable note from Nadina and Michael, the founders, which contains flower seeds and can be planted in a pot with soil. What a sweet idea 🌷🌼

Understandably, Patrik and I had to test it immediately. See if it is that easy to handle as promised and most importantly, how does that home-made drink taste?

Well, the first try was not exactly what we expected, it looked and tasted a bit watery. We realised that we didn’t use enough oat flakes, so no surprise here. We’re sure it was the right choice to purchase Milky Plant and we look forward to explore its capability!

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One huge benefit will be when we’re on the boat. No more exhausting oat-drink chasings when shopping, which then takes up a lot of the storage! Marvellous 😎

 

Sailing – Loano – Porquerolles no: 2 – 2022

Sailing Loano – Porquerolles 2022

 

Along the French Riviera & Côte d’Azur – Part Five..

Patrik had booked a berth at the marina in Beaulieu-sur-Mer for the following two nights. As always, we were excited to explore a new city. We also hoped to finally being able allowed to give Luna Azzurra a proper wash! She was covered in a salty crust and glittering in the sun like a diamond 💎

So, off we went, towards the French Riviera. Due to the absence of wind, so we had to use the engine again, oh dear! On our way we successfully fished a big unicorn balloon out of the water 🦄 – a little less damage in the sea!

At approx. 2 p.m. we arrived at the marina, filled up diesel at the fuel station and announced our arrival. Our berth was right there, at the entrance which suited us, since the marina was very tight. Unfortunately, boat washing was forbidden….again *aaarghh*….due to water shortage. Understandable, but annoying, nevertheless.

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It was like an oven in the marina, but the surrounding was pretty, and we looked forward to visit the town. After the registering at the harbour office, we took a short stroll around and bought some fresh salad for dinner. Tomorrow we would do a proper visit and grocery shopping. We also planned to do some sightseeing, “Villa Kérylos“, a replica of an ancient Greek villa, seemed like a good choice.

Said and done! The next morning was sunny and hot again. Firstly, we did the grocery shopping, brought everything back to the boat and left again, in search for the villa.

On our way we were positively surprised what a pretty city Beaulieu is. We were definitely happy to have chosen this place for two nights.

Villa Kérylos amazed us! Is absolutely worth the visit and entrance fee (approx. 14 Euro). We enjoyed it very much. On our way out we realized that next to it lies the residence of the Eiffel family – might it be him, who built the Eiffel Tower, we were wondering…?!

Back at the boat we relaxed a little and later got ready for dinner. Nearby was an exotic looking Moroccan restaurant where we planned to eat. Sadly it was closed, so we chose an Indian restaurant near the marina. We sat outside but soon it started to drizzle whereof soon became a thunderstorm. At least we stayed dry under the umbrellas

However, the restaurant was – simply said – a catastrophe. I can’t remember having had such a bad service and the food could have just as well been something microwaved…. Very disappointing!

Back at the boat we had a last glass of red before we went to bed. Good night 😴🌙

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New day, new adventures! The last day in August had arrived!

The weather was a mix between sunshine and clouds, but OK so far. Shortly before 11 a.m. we said good-bye to Beaulieu-sur-Mer and headed for Italy. We wanted to get to San Remo today and anchor there.

Due to lack of wind, we had to motor-sail again. Too bad! After two o’clock we passed Menton and with Ventimiglia we entered Italian waters. The grey clouds were still present, together with the waves. Hopes were still high that it wouldn’t get worse!

After a bumpy ride we finally arrived at our destination and at five we dropped the anchor. Good holding this time, since it’s a sandy bottom 😉

And hey, the sun came out 🌞 We treated ourselves to a short aperitif and afterwards it was time to prepare dinner: Vegan, homemade burgers and fresh salad *yummy*

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 Unfortunately, the night was pretty uncomfortable due to non-stop swells….. Yeah well, always something, isn’t it?

 

Along the French Riviera & Côte d’Azur – Part Two

Thursday, 18th August

New day, new problems adventures!

The portside toilet outlet was blocked! FANTASTICO!! 💩

So poor Patrik had to jump into the water and with a coil and my help the disaster was one hour later history. 

Off we went towards Golfe de St. Tropez. As suspected the famous marina was fully booked. Unfortunately, also Port Grimaud – which would have been our favourite choice. In the end we settled for the Marine de Cogolin and booked a berth two nights!

And what a lovely marina that is: Exceptionally friendly and helpful staff, there is a water taxi doing its laps permanently in the marina and the ferry terminal into St. Tropez is just around the corner. We were very happy we ended up in this marina 😊

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First we had to buy a new gas bottle (well two actually!) and bread. It was a long walk in the end to a “nearby” (depends if you have a car or not) shopping mall. At least we found what we were looking for and returned happily to our boat and enjoyed a well-deserved dinner!

The next day Patrik was finally able to give Luna Azzurra a proper wash, while Pascale and I went back to the mall to do some serious grocery shopping! Unfortunately, we almost forgot that we didn’t have a vehicle with us (except our old trolley). And it was HOT! So it took us a while to get back to the boat…. Patrik was already enjoying a beer when we arrived and after everything was stored, we made plans for the evening: Visiting the glamorous St. Tropez, including a nice dinner.

Well, around 6 p.m. we were ready, took the crowded ferry – which stopped at Port Grimaud to let passenger on and off – shortly after stepped on land the bustling city. 

St. Tropez itself is beautiful but the people there, who must see and – more importantly – be seen, was a bit too much for me personally! Too extravagant, too exaggerated, too snobby, too everything… 

However, after strolling around we started to search for a restaurant which wasn’t fully booked (that was a bit of a challenge). At last, we found a nice one, which was also willing to cook a vegan meal for me. Pascale and Patrik ordered from the à la carte menu. 

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It turned out that Pascale’s boss had insisted to pay for our meal in St. Tropez (which was tasty by the way)! Merci beaucoup, encore une fois, Monsieur! 🥰

Afterwards we took the ferry back to the Marine de Cogolin and arrived at “home” around midnight. Bonne nuit, mes amis 😴

Saturday, 20th August arrived and we said good-bye to the bustling lifestyle! The traffic was crazy inside the Golfe de St. Tropez, superyachts and all kind of other motorboats criss-crossed each other, rushing somewhere, without any sense of respect or how close they overtook! Absolutely MAD!

Our next stop was the tranquil Île de Porquerolles, a beautiful island and nature reserve. Patrik and I were briefly there after we purchased Luna Azzurra and sailed her from Barcelona to Loano in 2018. And we promised to come back one day! Ta-daaaaa, here we were! 😛

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The journey took longer than expected. At least it was a beautiful day, hot and sunny 🌞 Around 7 p.m. we were finally safely anchored, after three attempts, just outside (N-W) the marina. It seemed many other had the same idea, it wasn’t easy to find a suitable spot. However, here we were – CHEERS 🥂

 

 

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