Adventures of Berkeley East

26 July 2021 | Caprera, Italy
22 July 2021 | Balearic Islands, Spain
01 July 2021
09 August 2020
30 March 2020 | Lake Norman, NC
31 October 2019 | Barcelona, Spain
30 September 2019 | Mallorca, Spain
15 September 2019 | Sardinia, Italy
08 September 2019 | Pantelleria, Italy
31 August 2019 | Favignana, Italy
22 August 2019 | Vulcano, Italy
17 August 2019 | Charlotte, NC and Gaeta, Italy
12 July 2019
12 September 2018 | Cala del Core Ponza, Italy
22 August 2018 | North East Sardinia
13 August 2018 | Northern Sardinia, Italy
10 August 2018 | La Maddalenas, Sardinia Italy
30 July 2018 | South West Corsica, France

A Taste of Provence

19 May 2011 | Marseille, France
We spent eight days in Provence, the southwest region of France, and quickly learned the local daily routine. First, everyone gathers in the morning, with their dogs, at an outdoor café for coffee and pastries (in our case, Pepsi Light and chocolate croissants, no dog). Noon until about 2 pm is spent in a pretty little square by a pretty little church, or at a table by the sea, enjoying a leisurely lunch, with dessert, sampling a local rose. By 7 pm, the restaurants are full of sharply dressed, civilized people having a relaxing dinner of local fish or bouillabaisse, followed by dessert. In between all the culinary activities, there are beautiful ruins and quaint villages to visit, lovely walks to take, wine and olive oil to taste. It is a simplistic view of such a large, sophisticated area, but this is exactly what we did during our visit. And our short time there has only wetted our appetites for more of Provence.

While it was difficult to leave Berkeley East's beautiful view of Marseille, we rented a car and drove north to explore other parts of Provence. Our first stop was a nice little café with coffee and croissants where we met Francois, from Avignon Wine Tours, our guide to Chateauneuf-du-Pape, one of France's most acclaimed wine regions. The area is unique, as it seems to have pebbles rather than soil. They say that the more the vines suffer, the better the yield. We spent the day learning about the history, visiting the museum, sampling the wines, with a leisurely lunch at a castle including one of the most interesting versions of apple pie that we have ever had.

On day two of our land trip, we toured ruins, Provence has lots of them. Le Baux is a picturesque village positioned atop a rocky outcrop in the Alpilles Mountains and crowned with a medieval castle. We never knew ruins could be so beautiful.

We ate crepes for lunch at a café facing the Roman Arena in Arles. The afternoon was spent at Pont du Gard, the tallest of all Roman aqueducts, and the focal point of a park where locals spend weekends swimming and picnicking.

We finished the evening with Carol, our friend and neighbor from North Carolina who has a lovely house in Provence that was built more than five hundred years ago. He made us a wonderful dinner, with homemade ice cream, and agreed to show us some of his favorite places the next day.

Day three, with Carol, we took walks in the countryside, tasted wine and olive oil, and ate lunch in a pretty little square next to a pretty little church.

Then we headed north to the Cotes de Rhone villages that surround the Dentelles de Montmirail mountains. We toured Gigonda, Seguet, Vaison la Romaine and Suzette, stopping occasionally to taste a few of their outstanding wines and spending the night at a winery near Seguret.

Back in Marseille, Carol joined us for a couple of days on the boat, where we started each day in cafés, saw the sites, ate lunch by the sea in Cassis, and had great dinners in the city. We asked Carol how the French can eat so much yet not get fat. He said it was the walking, and we agree. We ate more than we ever do and didn't gain weight, but our feet were very, very sore.

Vessel Name: Berkeley East
Vessel Make/Model: Hylas 54
Hailing Port: San Diego, CA
Crew: Larry & Mary Ivins
About: We quit our jobs in July of 2007 and began our adventure, sailing the US east coast in the summers and then spending our winters in the Caribbean. In 2010 we sailed across the Atlantic and will be cruising the Med for the next few years.
FAQ Q: Did you go to UC Berkeley?

A: No. The name Berkeley East came from a ferry boat, "the Berkeley", that we met on over 30 years ago in San Diego. The East came as a result of seeing the boat being built in Taiwan. There was 30-foot Chinese symbol on the wall behind her during [...]
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After 28 days aboard Sigrun Bolten from Taiwan, Berkeley East arrived in Port Everglades Florida. Mary and I helped unload her and motored up the river to be hauled and rigged. We where joined by our friends and next door neighbors (from CA), who were in Florida cruising from California to the Caribbean.
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Who: Larry & Mary Ivins
Port: San Diego, CA

Our travels


July 2019- Return to Gaeta, Italy

August 2019 - Gaeta to Sicily, Tunisia and Sardinia

September 2019 - The Spanish Balearic Islands

October 2019 -Barcelona Spain

November 2019 - Charlotte, NC