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Gallery: Europe with Loopy

GERMANY | Saturday, 7 Feb 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Gallery: London

UNITED KINGDOM | Saturday, 7 Feb 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Counting down to Xmas!

UNITED KINGDOM | Saturday, 7 Feb 2009 | Views [1024]

Devon seemed familiar to me now and close to home. We spent the week going for walks in the countryside, going out for lunch at the farm shop, buying xmas presents and of course drinking in the pub… ahhhh how I had missed the cider! One day we drove ... Read more >

Gallery: Devon

UNITED KINGDOM | Saturday, 7 Feb 2009 | Photo Gallery

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On the way to a White Xmas...

GERMANY | Saturday, 7 Feb 2009 | Views [819]

EARLY Saturday morning two eager young-ish backpackers set off on a ferry to France which happened to leave just around the corner from home - very handy! We stood on the top deck waving goodbye to the white cliffs of Dover in the freezing cold and ... Read more >

Rellies, Road Trips and Country Rambling

UNITED KINGDOM | Saturday, 7 Feb 2009 | Views [952]

After a wonderful, relaxing five days in France at a friend Bob and Penny were lovely enough to offer me a ride to Bristol 1½ hours drive away where I was to meet Spike who had just flown in from Australia. We drove through the scenic Avon Valley ... Read more >

End of Season Madness

ITALY | Monday, 26 Jan 2009 | Views [845]

Our hope to be home in Italy by the end of September was dashed as the weather forecasters predicted the arrival of some powerful winds over the next week. We had 2 choices – stay and wait in Fiskardo (beautiful, elegant but small and quiet) or head ... Read more >

Cruising, Clubbing and historians in the making...

ITALY | Monday, 26 Jan 2009 | Views [1160]

Skiathos, we finally arrived at our required destination in Greece late in the afternoon on a calm Greek day.   We were ushered in by a noisy and bossy Greek port manager but even he was unable to ruin our excitement at finally being on a bustling ... Read more >

Gallery: Birthday Trip - North Italy

ITALY | Wednesday, 27 Aug 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Sorrento to Greece - Sailing on...

GREECE | Tuesday, 26 Aug 2008 | Views [2437]

Back to Civitavecchia and reality… hard hard work for the next three days getting the boat ready to leave again. By the time we left for Ponza island I was really looking forward to one of our usual relaxing passages where we can read, lounge around ... Read more >

A birthday bonus...

ITALY | Tuesday, 26 Aug 2008 | Views [961]

Our little train trip was thrown together in a frenzy of late night planning, internet hostel booking and Lonely Planet referring. The very next morning we departed for Bologna, a bustling university city in the middle of the Italian countryside ... Read more >

Sardinia comes to a close…

ITALY | Saturday, 16 Aug 2008 | Views [1205]

We had the owners for another five days in late July. They flew in and out from Cagliari so we toured around the south of Sardinia again revisiting favourite places like Malfatone Beach and Cala Zaferano. Cala Zaferano is a military area on the SW coast ... Read more >

Carving it up in Cagliari

ITALY | Friday, 15 Aug 2008 | Views [1010]

We waved goodbye to the owners late on a Monday afternoon and within hours waved goodbye to Ila whose boyfriend had flown down to visit. A little work on Tuesday and then Dudi was off to a seaside holiday resort with his girlfriend and it was back ... Read more >

Sardinia – Sunbaking, Swimming and Sixteen hundred year old Ruins…

ITALY | Friday, 15 Aug 2008 | Views [1426]

My apologies to all my friends back home in wintery Tassie at present but the weather here has turned hot, hot, hot with averages of 30 degrees during the day perfect for enjoying the warm but still refreshing water. In the afternoons a cooling sea ... Read more >

Pre-Season Party Time!

ITALY | Friday, 15 Aug 2008 | Views [960] | Comments [1]

We started the season by playing hard for Anita’s 21 st birthday. Although we were incredibly busy during the day with preparations for our departure from Riva di Triano (home port) in 2 days time we still managed to plan a small party on board ... Read more >

Gallery: Sardinia

ITALY | Friday, 4 Jul 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Gallery: Pisa and Florence

ITALY | Saturday, 14 Jun 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Ponza, Pisa and Pubs in Florence

ITALY | Saturday, 14 Jun 2008 | Views [1964] | Comments [2]

I have started to settle into Italy… as much as that is humanly possible. The people are incredibly friendly and I have also started to become friends with some of the other crews in the port. On the Sunday after our flat-out day in Rome Anita and I attempted ... Read more >

Gallery: Ponza and Riva

ITALY | Thursday, 5 Jun 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Buongiorno Italia

ITALY | Thursday, 22 May 2008 | Views [2615] | Comments [2]

Asia gave me one last unforgettable gift on my last day… food poisoning. As I knelt over the toilet in a cramped airplane bathroom on a packed Emirates flight to Dubai I wondered just how good a start this was to the new chapter in my OS experience.... Read more >

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