21 September 2010
21 September 2010
20 September 2010 | somewhere out there
10 September 2010
10 September 2010
10 September 2010
27 August 2010
07 August 2010
06 August 2010 | Lynyard Cay, Bahama
05 August 2010 | Little Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas
04 August 2010 | Richard's Little Harbour
03 August 2010 | Little Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas
02 August 2010 | Bahama
01 August 2010 | Hope Town, Bahama
29 July 2010 | Green Turtle Club, Bahama
26 July 2010 | Abaco Bahama
28 June 2010 | Man o War Cay, Bahama
27 June 2010 | Greent turtle cay bahama

The Fam

21 September 2010
the ecstatic Wall's about their new family addition.....

I guess that's why....

21 September 2010
yes it's a girl that's been jumping around in Samantha's belly.....I though she just had indigestion or gas, but it was confirmed when I fronted up to meet her whoopi goldberg, lookalike, dreadlocked gyno and the ultrasound that doesn't lie!

So after evicting Jamie from his old room, I repainted to prepare for our much loved new entry into the world.

like mother like daughter?

20 September 2010 | somewhere out there
so the question is whether our little girl will inherit her mother and grandmother's bluewater instincts?.....time will tell but she'll be sure to be a water baby ......

another tummy rub....

10 September 2010
here's Laura also gently caressing Samantha's belly.....

what is my hand doing?

10 September 2010
maybe Samantha ate too much and she needs her belly rubbed?

birthday serenade

10 September 2010
I hate the attention, but Sammy sweetly surprised me with all the fam for a great night out in FLL.

back to reality

27 August 2010
we had nearly no wind on the way back round the bottom of Abaco and across the was either a full on squall or zephrs of variable wind.
Here we are entering the basin after a frustrating couple of days....wish I could turn around and go back but hurricanes and large swells force us to retreat to the safety of the mainland....

fresh is best.....

07 August 2010
nothing beats fresh sushi and ceviche, nothing....and with fresh tuna it just melts in your mouth. Here's a manageable little catch perfect for two.

Hard shell grouper....

06 August 2010 | Lynyard Cay, Bahama
or summer crabs as they're known in the off season, but the season is now open and it's a free for all. Here's a couple of nice lobbies for dinner......

Richard's Retreat

05 August 2010 | Little Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas
a resident of Little Harbour for >20 years, Richard has carved a cute little beach bungalow out of the salt scrub right on the windward beach side. Home also to his two cats, it's the perfect bachelor pad!

French hospitality

04 August 2010 | Richard's Little Harbour
a jovial Richard and I after a couple of bottles of vino.....

French Feast

03 August 2010 | Little Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas
Richard and Sammy after we feasted on Creamy Lobster Pasta, real baguettes, fromage and tart au tin......a little slice of France in the Bahamas!

Hope town view

02 August 2010 | Bahama
nice view from the highest point in an otherwise mostly flat Abacos

Hope it works?

01 August 2010 | Hope Town, Bahama
the oldest working fresno lighthouse in Bahamas....when it works!

B'day dinner

29 July 2010 | Green Turtle Club, Bahama
thanks to Samantha's mum for shouting us dinner at the club.....

Birthday babe bunking in the Bahamas

29 July 2010
cupcake for a cutie

golden sunset

26 July 2010 | Abaco Bahama
when the mossies don't drive you down below at dusk, this is the view from the cockpit...............


28 June 2010 | Man o War Cay, Bahama
sorry I can't show you the next shot, but I'll let your imagine figure it out....

Sammy admiring the view....

27 June 2010 | Greent turtle cay bahama

my new land transport.....

26 June 2010
island style......

my new deck chair.....

25 June 2010 | Green turtle cay, Bahama
amazing what you find on the beach.....

My new dining table

24 June 2010 | Green turtle cay, Bahama
conch fritters and new diet!

My new lounge.....

24 June 2010
the scenery from my new lounge chair

My new office....

23 June 2010 | Alans Pensacola, Abaco's, Bahama
thanks to Sun Microsystems for making it all possible......!

Happiness is.....

20 June 2010 | Abaco's Bahamas
back on the boat again and not spilling your coffee disturbing the peacefulness of dawn sailing.....

Bahamas bound.....

19 June 2010 | Port Everglades, Florida
after 6 months of life getting in the way, we're finally back on the boat and heading out again, this time to the Abacos to play for a couple of summer months......

it's official

19 June 2010 | the standard, Miami Beach
what is that thing on here finger?

all I want for Xmas is a new bottom job

17 December 2009 | Playboy Boatyard FLL, florida
after 3 brutal weeks of sanding, grinding, bogging, sanding some more and then painting, here's Kipona ready to get splashed sporting here new bottom and boot stripe.....that should keep her slick for a couple of years....

happy hikers

12 September 2009 | cinque terre, italy
exhausted with burning calves and knees giving out we're pleased with ourselves for having done it in a day. After sleeping it off tonight we're off tomorrow to Milan for a day before back to Florida.

sea view

12 September 2009 | cinque terre, italy
the view from the sea gives you a better idea of how these villages are nestled neatly in the valleys and inlets.

going back the easy way

12 September 2009 | riomaggiore, cinque terre
with our ferry arriving, we grab a quick bevvie before heading back to our village.

stony beach

12 September 2009 | cinque terre, italy
with our last village closing in the distance it was a good chance to rest the calves and cool off in the Med, even if we had to rock hop to get in to it..

long way back!

12 September 2009 | cinque terre, italy
looking back to our village Monterroso in the distance, we're almost at the end of our trek just before our calves give out!

trains and terraces

12 September 2009 | cinque terre, italy
the train line in the Italian side of the Med runs quite literally along the coast....

cliff village

12 September 2009 | vernazza, cinque terre
a village along the cinque terre typical of the spectacular country we hiked through

cinque terre

12 September 2009 | italian riviera
our hiking destination was a long way off on the horizon but the pain was worth it!

olive country

12 September 2009 | cinque terre, italy
the 10km hike from our village along the cinque terre takes you up each of the 5 cliffs and down to into each village, along the way through vineyards and olive groves. It's a spectacular trail but hard work!

beach lounging Italian style

11 September 2009 | Monterrosso, Cinque Terre, Italy
you pay for your spot but once there, you can stay the whole day. The best things about stone beaches...? No sand up your bum!

italian riviera vista

11 September 2009 | Monterrosso, Cinque Terre, Italy
Monterroso is the only of the 5 cinque terre villages to have a real beach, even if it's stony. The closest bay was our favorite spot and, even though we had to fight to get in there as it's mostly reserved for locals, once there the grey/green water was heaven.

Birthday in the Med

10 September 2009 | Monterrosso, Cinque Terre, Italy
Sammy is so sweet and after a candle lit muffin for breakfast and the cutest chihuahua card she tipped off our mediterranean front restaurant of my advancing years.

where's the lift?

10 September 2009 | Monterrosso, Cinque Terre, Italy
I could have booked a hotel downtown, but of course we wanted a cute Casa at the top of a hill overlooking the town and away from the hustle that is touristy Monterrosso. Here I am dragging our expensive new luggage up the rock path to our BnB that was to be our home for the next week. Every night after a day of sightseeing and me full of red wine, we had to trek uptown and then the 90 steps from the road to collapse at the top. Next time we'll have separate baggage!

ready to topple

10 September 2009 | Pisa, Italy
make no mistake, it really does lean and not just a little bit.

Pisa cathedral

10 September 2009 | Pisa, Italy
most of the cathedrals we visited needed artificial lighting to hide their eeriness. I can only imagine what it must have been like when catholic priests roamed the corridors and heathens were hung or worse, all in the name of religion. I doubt I would have lived a long life in those days!

Birthday in Pisa

10 September 2009 | Pisa, Italy
no points for guessing the location of this one....the acoustics of the baptistry on the left were as good as any opera house and of course the famous leaning bell tower that you can climb the stairs to the top if you're game. This was a short train stop on the journey from Florence to Monterrosso.

tuscan sunset

09 September 2009 | Florence
on the famous bridge over the river in Florence we stop amongst the tourists to snap a romantic sunset shot on our last day in Florence. Overall it's cute and the shopping is great, but it's a bit touristy and expensive. If we were to return, renting an apartment longer term makes more sense and we'd explore a bit further, but with only 3 days this time we'd seen the highlights.

not so shabby

09 September 2009 | Duomo Catherdral, Florence
despite the overall shabbyness, you can't help but marvel at the architecture and attention to detail in these buildings in a time when construction was measured in 100's of years Here the entrance doors to the Cathedral.


09 September 2009 | Florence
The duomo's in Italy comprise a square with a cathedral, separate baptistry and bell tower. The exterior is covered in white and green marble and is quarried from famous hillsides in the area. I've got to say though that it needed a clean and our experience in Italy was the attractions were not as well maintained as in France. Here is the baptistry on the left, the cathedral with famous dome in the middle and the bell tower on the right.

bygone era

08 September 2009 | Florence
you could almost hear the clip clop of hooves on the cobblestone streets as reminders of a bygone era when horse and carriage ruled the streets instead of today's Vespas. When candles were lit to mark your villa and you tied your horse up to the rings at the entrance. A time when men were gallant and women were agreeable or they risked being sent to the nunnery....oh to relive those times.....

tuscan countryside

08 September 2009 | Florence
the rolling tuscan countryside is home to Chianti and Super Tuscan (solid cabernet) wines and walled fortified medieval villages. It's lush but also hot under a tuscan summer sun.


08 September 2009 | Florence
the Uffuzi houses a mindboggling array of Gothic and Renaissance Italian art...most of it is religious as the aristocracy competed to have the most extravagant art hanging in their villas. After a while all the scene's of virgin mary and the murdering of babies get a bit tired and make you start to question how such violence was undertaken in the name of religion........

next stop, Italy

07 September 2009 | Florence
after rushing to drop off our rental car in Nice and just making our train to the border at Italy, we travelled through Columbus' birth town of Genoa and then changed in Milan for the fast Eurostar train to Florence. Another history lessons begins.....

Gastronomic heaven

05 September 2009 | ramatuelle
No visit to France is complete without a culinary photo and I've had a lot of fine meals in my time but this was the best I've had in recent memory. The starter you see here was a kind of duck bruschetta with lentil tart and arugula greens followed by a medium rare filet topped with creamy foie gras and sauteed mushroom with a balsamic, red wine and pan juice reduction. As the menu was all French I probably don't do the translation justice, but it was mindblowing. A fitting end to a wonderful 10 days in the South of France.

Mademoiselle in Ramatuelle

05 September 2009 | ramatuelle
I love this photo of Samantha....she looks such a French beauty.....

Historic Ramatuelle

05 September 2009 | ramatuelle
it wasn't all party and we did get in some sightseeing while the boys were off at the Remy Martin wedding of the year, the whole reason we're all in St Tropez in the first place. Here is Sammy atop the historic village of Ramatuelle with the vista of St Tropez and St Maxim in the background.

Rondini tropeziennes

04 September 2009 | downtown St Tropez
the most famous handmade leather sandals come from here. At US$150 a pop Sammy only window shopped, but Fred indulged in a pair that suited his style....


04 September 2009 | downtown St Tropez
a day when we could drag ourselves out of bed to venture downtown in the daylight.

moonrise over the Med

03 September 2009
as we are the last to leave Club55 again, the moon rises over a perfect Mediterranean

spectacular schooners

03 September 2009 | pampellone beach, St Tropez
This is a sailing blog after all (not facebook) so I thought I should include at least one sailing shot. Here the whole beach rose to watch as a big reefed down schooner charged toward the beach on a windy day before tacking away beside a sistership. Hoots and horns rang out in appreciation of the spectacle of seamanship as I thought about how Kipona might fit in anchored off the beach here? Maybe next season......


03 September 2009 | Club 55, Pampellonne beach St Tropez
Hot!.....speaking of lounging that is Sammy's second favorite pastime


03 September 2009 | Club 55, Pampellonne beach St Tropez
and so was our days at Club 55, lounging with old friends and new friends


03 September 2009 | Club 55, Pampellonne beach St Tropez
chilled rose from a local vineyard delivered by a waiter to our cabana seems a little extravagant but it just seemed like the thing to do....?

Le Club 55

03 September 2009 | pampellone beach, St Tropez
for bamboo and thatch with old sails hung around, it is the essence of shabby chic, but it's a favorite celeb hangout....Here's a bunch of celebs in their own right.....

cute couple

03 September 2009 | pampellone beach, St Tropez
beach bunnies

Shapely Sheila

03 September 2009 | the beach in St Tropez
sheila's in great shape

feeling better after a body surf

03 September 2009 | pampellone beach, St Tropez
our first beach day before we relocated to Club55.

coastal style

02 September 2009 | ready to hit beach Club 55
Sammy stylishly dressed for the beach


02 September 2009 | Le Villa
even though breakfast was often in the afternoon, it was welcomed by the hungry masses needing a hangover cure.... behind the smiles there are serious hangovers (except for Sammy who doesn't drink bless her heart). The eyes tell the story.....


02 September 2009 | Le Villa
we did this day after was a complete blur as one day melted into another...the routine was... wake up whenever you can, hopefully before the sunsets again, hit the beach at Le Club 55 for late lunch and aperitivos, home to change for dinner at another fabulous restaurant in St Tropez and then club until the wee-hours....thanks heavens we're only here for ten days...!

brother and sister act

01 September 2009 | Le Villa pool party, St Ropez
The "A" alpha Jamie is a party starter wherever he goes and these glasses came all the way from Miami just for the occasion.

I've got a feeling...that tonights gonna be a good night!

01 September 2009 | party in Le Villa
our theme song for the whole's indellibly printed in my brain, you know one of those songs that when you hear it ten years from now you are instantly transported back in time to that experience. It's not that it's a great song so much as how much fun we had when it was playing. Here's Fred and the gang having a good night!

never plead guilty!

31 August 2009 | club Le Cave du Roy
that's a good motto to live by.......Sammy and Lore hiding behind the strong arm of Lore's boyfriend


31 August 2009 | club Le Cave du Roy
trying to keep up with the dancing diva that is Samantha

ready for destruction

31 August 2009 | streets of St Tropez
our small group doubled one night to go hit the club.....nice pins there Sammy!


30 August 2009 | Le Villa
not to be left out, the girls get in on the cool act. Here's Samantha and Sheila ready to party....

too cool for school

30 August 2009 | pre-destruction
architects, fashionistas, boutique and salon owners....there's way too much talent and good looks here.....I can't compete with that. The boys ready to take on the town.

the team

30 August 2009 | downtown St Tropez
here's the team fuelling up before hitting the famous club Le Cave du Roy.

Le Villa

30 August 2009 | St Tropez
a classic provencial villa was to become the scene of much destruction of brain cells over the coming week as Samantha's brother and friends joined us for one of the best party vacation weeks I've ever experienced.

b'fast in the atrium, anyone?

29 August 2009 | BnB Antibe
this was the most expensive room we booked for the whole trip....lucky it was only one night! But at only 50metres to the beach down a quiet lane in Juan Le Pins, it was worth it.

my first swim in the Med

29 August 2009 | Antibe
I'm an early riser which is good if you want uncrowded beaches and I was surprised at how clean the beach and water was given the summer crowds. It was nice to shake off the city clothes for a first dip in the Med.

off to the beach

29 August 2009 | Antibe BnB
I couldn't wait to have my first swim in the Med.

the art of being french

28 August 2009 | TGV paris to nice
it's easy to swing into the joie de vivre...(forgive me if I misspelled). Here on the fast train planning how to get from Nice train station to the rental car at the airport and then to our BnB in Antibe.

flower market

28 August 2009 | along the Seine
there's something about the light in France....whether it's morning or afternoon or dusk it has this amazing softness to wonder artists flock there to paint. Here's a pretty flower market in the morning light....

le navigator

28 August 2009 | east bank, paris
choosing a restaurant was a constant battle all over europe.....there's so many great places to choose from that I like to take my time considering the menu and the ambience, but Sammy just wants to be fed or she becomes bearish.....

I don't mind paying for good food, but I get more than grumpy when I think I'm getting ripped off. I was determined to seek out some authentic French cuisine at the right price and I had my way with this one....not only because I could identify with the name, but their duck was amazing as was the whole experience.....I was right on the money here.

yes we have to see another church!

28 August 2009 | notre damme
so a photo of the most famous church in France to close out our week in Paris.

do we have to visit another church?

27 August 2009 | our cosy apartment
I loved the food and wine in a real foody I appreciated the variety that is available and I've certainly never eaten so much steak tartare and steak frittes in all my life! You can spend weeks in a single arrondissment without eating at the same restaurant twice and what better way to relax after a hard day of church hunting than with a good red, right Sammy?

another sammy silhouette

27 August 2009 | walking back from Eiffel to home
don't ask me what the statue is but the photo was good....

Eiffel anxiety

27 August 2009 | atop the Eiffel tower
although we appear to be enjoying the view it's a little claustrophobic going up there and it was packed full of people. So we've done it but didn't enjoy it enough to go back again....

yet another baguette

27 August 2009
here I am trying to look as if I'm enjoying a baguette after paying 6Euro from some rip-off Eiffel Tower vendor. Sammy loves it when I get like this......and it happened a lot throughout Europe.

the Arc

27 August 2009 | Arc de Triomphe
I waited for ages to get this shot without any cars in the picture. Being a roundabout the Arc is rarely without traffic. Here's Sammy trying to look patient.

a different angle

27 August 2009 | monmatre, paris
me getting cutesy with the camera

the circus that is monmatre

26 August 2009 | monmatre, paris
it's such a shame that Monmatre is a tourist trap. We encountered really poor mime/dance dance acts and muggings in the first 5 minutes we were there. Still it's another impressive example of what can be built with church donations.


26 August 2009 | outside Notre Damme
this had to be one of the best tarts we had in Paris, and Sammy sampled her fair share! Curbside dining has it's price but it's worth it for the people watching...

the devil wears Prada

26 August 2009
remember when Anne Hathaway (gasp, she's so gorgeous!) throws her mobile into the fountain in the same movie after quitting her high fashion job? Well this was's Sammy (gasp she's so gorgeous too!) with a peek of the Eiffel Tower in the background.

grass at last!

26 August 2009 | luxembourg gardens
the french love their parks and they hang out in them constantly....but most of them have dirt floors which detracts from the experience a little.....finally in luxembourg gardens I managed to find a bit of grass to sit on. Check out the was a crystal clear summers day.


25 August 2009 | louvre
sammy likes silhouettes and our little camera doesn't do backlighting so well which makes it a little tough....but here is one she managed to capture really well.

art is everywhere

25 August 2009 | toulleries gardens
it's overwhelming sometimes, everywhere you turn there is examples of fine art with photo opportunities

love blossoms

25 August 2009 | that famous bridge in Paris
isn't that just sweet....!

boat and model

25 August 2009
one for the boys....

model boats

25 August 2009 | toulleries gardens
these were so cool for the kids to play with

oh so civilised

25 August 2009 | toulleries gardens
cwapes, qwiche and wed wine in the gardens.....all that was missing was a qwassant!


23 August 2009
here's a different take on the entrance to the Louvre.....pronounced loovve not loovver for those culturally devoid out there reading this.....You can't escape the culture in each of the entrances there was either an opera singer, a cellist, or a violinist....I takes a good whole day to do the Louvre justice so we didn't go in but left a little something for our next paris visit.....

history lesson

22 August 2009 | our local paris neighbourhood
I was in for a history lesson and Sammy was determined to boost my culture lacking consciousness with anything that resembled a church....but I have to admit that I'm now a convert (not religiously speaking of course) to the grand churches of Europe. This is not even Notre Damme, just a church we found when walking the local neighbourhood....

baguettes for breakfast even

21 August 2009 | our miniature apartment
baguettes for every occaasion are de rigeur in cute is our apartment eh, even if you can't swing a cat in it!

from bahamas to baguettes

20 August 2009 | siene, paris
yes it's a change in scenery, but there's no escaping the allure of Paris.....tasting a real baguette on the banks of the siene seems so authentic....getting into the swing of things on my first day in France.

back in FLL

19 July 2009 | entering the basin
Kipona snugged down and ready for the dock as we enter the breakwater into fort lauderdale. The photo is courtesy of Samantha's Aunt Wendy who lives atop one of the highrise condominiums at the entrance.

a melter on the banks

07 July 2009
no cruise would be complete without the mandatory sunset shot,,,,but they don't come much better than this melting sun on the bahama banks.....

snapper on the banks

06 July 2009 | Bahama Banks
the only fish I caught without a spear the whole trip and what a beauty! No doubt that spearfishing is hard work, I'll take a fishing rod anyday.......

love that cruising spinnaker

05 July 2009 | enroute to Nassau
after the nasty squally from the day before, sammy takes some time off to relax on deck on a perfect day under the spinnaker.......

caffiene fix

04 July 2009 | alles enroute to nassau
mornings are not my best time......

brave face

03 July 2009 | enroute from Staniel to Allens Cay
here's sammy being brave at the helm in the face of a whiteout squall and double reefed main as we return up the islands to Nassau

lucky boys

02 July 2009
sammy and coral with her boys on our last day at Staniel

sammy with max

01 July 2009 | twin cays, exuma
sammy can't resist a cute dog and max is no exception

work life balance at Marty's

30 June 2009 | staniel cay, exuma
Marty our host allowed me to connect to her wireless to stay online with on the deck at her house....for the boys from Gulf Charters....note the IYT t-shirt....

hasty retreat

29 June 2009 | Compass Cay, Exuma
while they're bottom feeders, nurse sharks can still suck your arm off. Here's Sammy deciding discretion is the better part of valour when one gets a little too close.....

shark bait hoo-ha-ha

28 June 2009 | Compass Cay, Exuma
Coral and Sammy getting fearless....better them than me right...I mean someone has to man the camera....?

shark adventure

27 June 2009 | Compass Cay, Exuma
here's Sammy up close and personal with a Nurse shark

pigs might not fly.....

26 June 2009 | Big Major's Spot, Staniel Cay
but they sure can of our anchorage's main attractions was the swimming can smell 'em a football field length off the beach and they're not shy in coming out to the dinghy for a free meal.....

we'll be jammin,n,jammin,n,jammin

25 June 2009 | beach road, Staniel Cay
grab whateve you can to make a noise....whistles, gallon drums and even rocks in a bottle will do!'s Coral's boys jammin with the locals.....
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