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

Day Tripping

15 June 2011 | Le Grazie, Italy




We found that Le Grazie was a great anchorage to leave Berkeley East and do some day trips. It was large, calm, and scenic, and there were four other American boats anchored there who had scoop on the area. It is rare that we see one other American boat, let alone four, and it was great to share information over happy hour.





Le Grazie also provided a lot of entertainment, including a boat race so important that the police were making boats move if they were anchored near the finish line. A large buoy was set, spectators arrived on shore and by boat. Everyone waited and waited, until one classic rowboat came into view. There were horns and cheering as they passed the finish buoy. And that was that. One boat.






We got to know the area by taking buses and the trains, through the seaside vacation town of Portovenere, to the bustling city of La Spezia, the street markets of Viareggio, and into the walled city of Lucca. We have been to many walled cities before, but most are set on high hills on the coast with a good vantage point of pending attacks. In contrast, Lucca is flat and inland. Once the site of the Roman forum, the rectangular grid of Lucca's current historical centre has preserved the original Roman street plan, and the Piazza San Michele now occupies the site of the ancient forum. The walls around the old town have remained fully intact as the city expanded and modernized. Today, they serve as a pedestrian promenade. We spent hours exploring the peaceful city, wishing we could return for the Lucca Summer Festival in July, when Elton John, BB King and many other international artists will perform.


Lucca

Lucca is remarkably preserved and clean. The walls around the old town are supported by large earthen berms and were wide enough to be used as a car race track in the 20th century.





Portovenere

Originally a Roman fishing village, this small town has been occupied by many different cultures. It sits on a point, providing great views out into the Liguria Sea, north to Cinque Terra and south to Tuscany.



Comments
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.
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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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Profile & FAQs

Who: Larry & Mary Ivins
Port: San Diego, CA

Our travels

Itinerary:

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