To Palermo, Sicily
16 September 2019
One of the features of cruising life for our generation is the massively increased life expectancy of our parents’ generation. We all know what it means.
So, with news that Norma’s 94 years old stepfather had been taken into hospital and was not in good shape and with guests arriving in Palermo on Wednesday 18th September we decided to press on.
We needed decent wifi for Phil to have an OCC conference call on Wednesday 11th September so we stopped in the marina at Vibo Valentia and then undertook an overnight passage to Palermo. The trip to VV was a motor, but we had 8-11kts NW wind on Thursday 12th September and sailed nicely close-hauled for over six hours, and then the wind eased away as we passed between Lipari and Vulcano in the Aeolian Islands – Stromboli was smoking and cloud-topped but no lava.
We arrived at Sitimar marina in Palermo at 0800 and Orlando, the Marineiro/manager was extremely helpful and got us berthed nicely.
So, Norma flew back on Sunday 15th for a funeral in Northern Ireland and will return next Saturday and our guests will arrive on Wednesday to be hosted by Phil … who is now starting to appreciate that Norma really is a domestic goddess … and she is now concerned that her favourite recipe file has been lodged in the engineering and technical section of our bookshelves …