In search of paradise.....

....final destination, Ikaria - the island of youth.

05 January 2019
05 January 2019 | The Stella Bar, the owner and staff. So accommodating. Yes - they benefit financially but then so do we!!
05 January 2019 | Christmas lunch. Looks chaotic. It wasn't. Loved it !!
05 January 2019 | Seven Go Mad on New Year's Eve!!!
03 January 2019
03 January 2019 | The marina is huge and while it is a bit of a hike to the showers and loos, the feeling of space is very welcome. Besides, its good to have a good walk to the facilities - as long as you get there in time !!!!!
03 January 2019
03 January 2019 | An orange tree and cactus plant both looking pretty good considering it is December !!!
03 January 2019 | The small square close to the marina, with its unusal ' spiral' xmas tree and surrounding stalls selling handmade gifts
03 January 2019 | Bars & restaurants, a fitness room & a meeting room - for any of us to use free of charge. On the odd bad weather day we have had, the live aboard kids have been able to watch a movie laid on by one of the parents
03 January 2019 | Here is the church - Diocesi Di Ragusa
03 January 2019 | The town square, as with many, is a place for locals to meet and bask in the warm sunshine.
03 January 2019 | The Italians just LOVE to promenade - and they do it so well, dressed in their best. Here the promenade is long and lined with restaurants on one side, the ocean on the other. Perfect for showing off your beautiful daughter or latest fashion item!!
03 January 2019 | There are some lovely villas along the promenade with views across the beach and out to sea
03 January 2019
02 January 2019 | Lovely flat hard sand - brilliant for walking on !
02 January 2019
02 January 2019 | Good to see the biker community is alive and kicking here on Sicily
02 January 2019 | Todays bench shot
02 January 2019 | Todays artistic shot.

Marina Di Ragusa

05 January 2019
Marina di Ragusa
OUR WINTER HOME
CHRISTMAS DAY AND NEW YEARS EVE

CHRISTMAS DAY was fabulous. The owner and staff of the local bar – The Stella Bar – had agreed to open for the day for us liveaboards. They would provide tables and chairs but we would need to provide our own food and crockery and cutlery. Drinks though, would be bought at the bar. So one of our cruising family, Claire, organised us all just perfectly and the day was a huge success. We were all instructed to bring a ‘dish to share', our own cutlery and crockery and a small wrapped gift. She did a fantastic job on decorating the tables, putting up bunting, organising the after lunch quiz, distributing the wrapped gifts accordingly and generally ensuring all went well.
A table was set aside for all the food which I have to say, was excellent. A real variety and not a Turkey crown in sight!!. The quiz was a real brain teaser, made more difficult due to the copious amount of pre, during and after dinner drinks!!
A huge success and so, so simple.

BOXING DAY
We eventually woke to find our phones loaded with messages from worried friends and family who had heard on the news of an earthquake in Catania some 124km away which had measured 4.6 on the richter scale!! We were totally oblivious to this news and hadn't felt a thing. We had however heard the news that Mount Etna – 157km away - had erupted 2 days previously so clearly the 2 events were connected!

NEW YEARS EVE was a riot!!!! Again, the Stella Bar accommodated us but this time we arrived with ‘evening survival snacks', and Claire and Tammy had organised the evening with some pretty awesome music. We danced, and danced and danced. Saw in the new year, kissed and hugged everyone in sight and then spent 3 days recovering!!

Song for this post: We Are Family by Sister Sledge

Thought for this post: On special occasions, families can be ‘blended’ and ‘non related’ but still enjoy the occasion and each others company

Highlight for this post: a fun and thoroughly enjoyable Christmas and New Year celebration amongst lovely people. No histrionics, inexpensive and totally stress free!!!!

Marina Di Ragusa

05 January 2019 | The Stella Bar, the owner and staff. So accommodating. Yes - they benefit financially but then so do we!!

Marina Di Ragusa

05 January 2019 | Christmas lunch. Looks chaotic. It wasn't. Loved it !!

Marina Di Ragusa

05 January 2019 | Seven Go Mad on New Year's Eve!!!

Marina Di Ragusa

03 January 2019
Marina di Ragusa
OUR WINTER HOME

Having recovered from of our visit to the UK we are now slowly getting into the groove of being marina based for a few months, meeting our fellow live aboard cruisers and joining in with the social activities that take place here as well as finding our way around.
The marina is huge and the really nice part is there is plenty of space. We have neighbours, but unlike most of the marinas we have visited on this adventure, we are not parked up fender to fender. There is space between boats which gives you not only some privacy but also eliminates the feeling that you are way to close for comfort !
The town of Marina di Ragusa is compact with the usual town square, church and a couple of supermarkets along with the regular boutiques and bakeries. It has a lovely beach which runs for a couple of miles and then leads you into a nature reserve and cliff top walk. It is very quiet, mainly due to the fact that it is a summer holiday resort, but also the Sicilians are by nature quiet, polite and very helpful. The Christmas tree is up, as are the Christmas lights, carols are being played and shop windows have been decorated. Here, Christmas starts about 2 weeks before the big day unlike the UK when the cards and hype starts in September . Its very refreshing !!!
So, some photos to follow of our winter home. The next 2 big events will be Christmas Day lunch and New Years Eve celebrations with our new cruising family - promises to be real good fun! .

Song for this post: The Twelve Days of Christmas

Thought for this post: Our second Xmas on this adventure. This year, very different to last year when we had friends to stay on board from the UK.

Highlight for this post: No sending or receiving of Christmas cards or gifts. We have absolutely no space for cards and frankly, there is nothing either of us need other than our continued health, enthusiasm and a positive mental attitude!!


Marina Di Ragusa

03 January 2019 | The marina is huge and while it is a bit of a hike to the showers and loos, the feeling of space is very welcome. Besides, its good to have a good walk to the facilities - as long as you get there in time !!!!!
Vessel Name: Stiletto
Vessel Make/Model: Bavaria 33 Cruiser
Hailing Port: Gosport, UK
Crew: Andreas Giles & Jane Paulson
About:
We have been sailing together for 13 years and have owned Stiletto for 11 of them. We have exhausted the Solent and the South Coast and all the other usual passages: West Country, France, Channel Islands etc. that are available from our home port of Gosport. [...]
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