Sardinia, with love

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Sardinia will forever hold special memories for us. The second largest island in the Mediterranean after Sicily, Sardinia is blessed with some of the finest cruising coastline and heavenly turquoise coves to be found this side of the Med. Though specifically, it was here that we’d share part of the adventure with two dear members of the Darling family – sister Bree and brother-in-law Brett. The ... Continue Reading

Whistle-stop tour of Sicily and the Italian west coast

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Ola! Finally my darling is today cruising Spain’s Costa Brava. Without regular internet access in France the blog updates have slipped further behind – though I’m pleased to finally share some words and pictures from our time in Italy last month: Departing Malta, we steamed 15 hours north to Syracuse's deep harbour on Sicily’s south eastern quarter. Arriving after midnight required navigating a ... Continue Reading

VIDEO: our sailing visit of the Adriatic

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Here it is… some highlights of our first four months in motion picture! We are still new to our Go Pro cameras (the slick HD HERO3 Black edition) but will be sure not to let several months of video pile up in future, making for a daunting editing process. Thanks to Mike for tackling the task. For anyone who has been living under a rock and is unfamiliar with these incredible little cameras – ... Continue Reading

A photo walk through Venice

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Last week skipped from Croatia across to Italy. Our purpose was to collect our first visitor from Marco Polo Airport (Aunty Robyn, mum’s sister) and to spend a few days exploring the magnificent isle of Venice. Attempting to clear Italian customs was an interesting experience. After a long day of travel, that afternoon we found ourselves bobbing around on a Venice Lagoon waterway looking for ... Continue Reading

Clocking up the nautical miles

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Apologies for the time between posts, but we’ve been on the move and have covered some distance these past few weeks.  There’ve been a few hairy days – in my opinion as usual – with wind around 25-30 knots across the beam and waves up to two metres throwing occasional green water over the bow and spraying us in the face on the upper deck. Then a few days later, when rounding the Istria Peninsular, ... Continue Reading