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    • Day15

      Von Werkstätten und Fähren

      May 2, 2022 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

      Was waren das für ereignisreiche Tage. Ich versuche mich mal in der Zusammenfassung. Am Sonntag haben wir versucht, dem Regen zu trotzen und konnten nachmittags nochmal an den Strand. Am Montag sind wir mit ein paar Bauchschmerzen zur ersten Werkstatt gefahren, die haben uns dann an eine andere Werkstatt verwiesen. Das Problem war wohl relativ schnell erkannt und es sollte sofort behoben. Gesagt getan und wir konnten tatsächlich am Abend spontan noch rüber nach Sardinien. War das aufregend. Am nächsten Morgen angekommen, fuhren wir nach Palau, um nach La Maddalena zu reisen. Was wir bislang gesehen haben, war sehr schön und wir freuen uns auf weitere Entdeckungen. Seit Sonntag reisen Freunde mit uns und der Große hat seine Freundin zum Spielen und Quatsch machen.Read more



    • Day382

      Nature Island

      July 28, 2022 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

      People presume we are Italian because the Irish tricolour hanging on our stern looks just like a faded Italian flag. So as such, we have returned ‘home’ to Sardinia and are in the Maddelena archipelago national park.
      We want to get into a small harbour in Isola di Spargi which is very crowd so we act like locals and muscle our way in, “Ciao, Buongiorno!’’ We drop anchor right in the middle of a glut of boats and hang tough for a while. Soon our brass neck pays off and one by one all fifteen ribs, a catamaran and a motor cruiser, the tourist boat and three yachts all leave. ‘Peace at Last’, by dinner time we the harbour and the surround hills all to ourselves.
      Over the following two days only a handful of boats visit because there is strong westerly wind with gusts of over 30 knots. We are safely tucked in here and we watch the swell and white horses rise in the channel just beyond the rocks astern of us. We have no worries because Ronan has found a mooring block underwater by the pier that we run a line to. With that tied off at our bow as well as our main anchor and a stern anchor we aren’t budging.

      I enjoy a quiet wander ashore stopping now and then to smell the sweet scent of the myrtle bushes. I hear a persistent buzzing raising above the usual din of the cicadas and eventually locate the source in a little bush nearby. I bend down to see a bumblebee held in the tight grip of a Praying Mantis. It’s incredible to see this natural event close up; The bee has no chance, his time is up. I swim back to tell the rest of the crew but I am distracted by a little congregation of fish at a rock - different types all swimming together. I grip onto the rock to get a closer look and am startled when there is movement near my hand. I pull back quickly and refocus - I can now see an octopus camouflaged and tucked into a crevice. I wait and watch and he waits too, just for a little while. Then stretching out his tentacles one by one, he climbs to the top of rock and swims away with his band of merry fish following behind.

      The next day I bring the rest of the crew back to the same spot hoping to find him and I am surprised he’s not there. Luckily Colm finds a different little fellow under a small rock on the sand. This octopus has managed to hide everything under the rock except one tentacle which is how Colm spots him. When we dive down to get a closer look, his eyes peep out over his tentacle.
      One morning Colm and I swim into the beach with a dry bag packed with long pants and runners so we can venture up the narrow little path into the hills of wild bushes. We are armed with sticks in case we come across the wild boar we have seen wandering on the beach. We are half disappointed when we don’t meet him and half relieved.
      We trek right to the northern end of the island climbing granite boulders, whacking bushes and exploring derelict structures. We find a shaft going down into the depths of the rock. Braving the rusty ladder we go down a few steps into the darkness below. We could go further but the Mammy in me says ‘no’. As we continue on our walk we muse about what we might have found down at the bottom.
      We enter an abandoned house and follow it all the way through to back door. It leads us to a ravine of granite boulders which ends right down on the northern shore. We find a shady perch on one of the boulders and look across at Corsica and watch the swell roll through the Bonifacio straits.
      Our time here in Spargi is particularly sweet because we had the place nearly to ourselves in high season. The wind eventually dies off and the crowds return, it is time for us to be on our way.
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    • Day389

      Turning Twelve

      August 4, 2022 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

      This blog is written by Colm

      We drop anchor in Cala Coticcio during the early evening when the tens of charter boats and day trippers are leaving . It has a spectacular view of the amazing granite mountains on Isla Caprera, which is one of the Maddalena Islands off the Sardinian coast . There is an ice-cream Rib that goes around to the boats and Dad calls him over. We get three magnums and a corneto for only twenty-four euro!
      The next day Margaret and I go ashore on the Paddleboard but the warden says that we are not allowed to walk beyond the beach .We snorkel around the rocks to the next beach which is so pretty that Mom paddles back to the boat and gets Ruby. We swim around in the shallow turquoise water and admire the beautiful rocky landscape. I see a Dentex , a big fish with a kind of a square head.
      Back onboard the crew decides that we will move on to the less busy Cala Garibaldi, named after the Italian General. It is a short trip up the coast of Isla Caprera. We arrive in the evening and drop anchor near one of the many beaches. We have a swim then eat dinner.
      The next morning is my birthday! We dinghy into the beach and walk up the road looking for the Garibaldi museum. It is very hot but thankfully we have some water to refresh ourselves. We go up a dusty road but feel we are lost. A big brown scary looking dog is sitting in the middle of the road. When he sees us he gets up, does a poo and limps off ‘maybe he’s going to the museum’ we think. We follow him along a narrow path through the trees and bushes for five minutes, passing sheep and goats with bells around their necks. The old dog pauses at a big blue fence, turns to look at us, urinates then continues. We follow him and finally emerge out into car park next to the museum. We thank our tour guide and have a walk around Garibaldi’s house.
      Continuing down the road we find a cool cafe in the forest with hammocks hanging between the trees. We stop off for a berry sorbet. On the way back we trek through some bramley hay fields and we come to a crossroads. Our choice is to continue down the hot dusty road or take a shortcut through the abandoned Club Med hotel which is full of ‘no trespassing’ signs’. We chose the latter and thankfully we are not caught.
      Back on board we have brunch , birthday cards and presents.
      I get lots of nice clothes , sweets , a magnifying glass and lots more.
      Then after that Ruby and I make my birthday cheesecake and have a ‘Monster’ energy drink in the process. For dinner we have lasagne courtesy of Margaret and then for dessert, blackberry cheesecake made with hand picked berries.
      After dinner we play charades which is great fun, I act out the song ‘Under Pressure’ and also the book ‘Sailing for home’ by Theo Dorgan. Then at about 10 o clock I go for a cooldown swim in the dark and Ruby notices that there are phosphorescence. I splash around and watch the water sparkle. Then I go and lie up on deck with Mom and I see four shooting stars, one was huge.

      The next morning Ruby ,Dad and I go into the beach for a few hours. When we arrive in, the Club Med Secuirity guard comes down to the beach and objects to the dinghy. Dad moves it while Ruby and I set up the tent , Deck chairs and the Picnic mat in the forest next to the beach. Later Mom comes in on the Paddleboard and we have a picnic and set up the hammock between the trees.

      The next morning the wind picks up so we motor to another anchorage nearby. After we get there Ruby and Margaret go on the Dinghy into the town to do shopping while Dad and I do some boat jobs .After that we have pizza then go to bed.

      I thank my family for a lovely twelfth birthday.
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      Happy birthday Colm 🎂 🥳 🎉


      Happy birthday Colm🎂🍡🍬🍭


      Belated Happy Birthday Colm 🥳 one to remember 🥳🥳☺️


      That sounds like the most memorable birthday of all time!!!! 😯🤩 Belated happy birthday, Colm! 🥳 xxx

    • Day42

      Sardegna Isola Buddeli

      May 8, 2022 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      Lavezzi Cala Lazarina to Sardegna Isola Buddeli. Back to Sardegna! Back to a favorite- the La Maddelena archipelago. Unbelievable and wonderful to be here out of season and only a few boats in the magical turquoise waters.

      6.5nm 2:17:38
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    • Day66

      Die sardische Pflanzenwelt

      August 3, 2021 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

      Bei meinen vielen Spaziergängen, die ich oft alleine gemacht hab hab ich oft getrocknete Pflanzen gesammelt, im Frühling muss es ja unglaublich aussehen jetzt ist alles sehr getrocknet aber war auch so cool aus. Leider weiß ich die ganzen Namen nicht, nächstes Mal muss ich mir mal ein Bestimmungs Buch mitnehmen.Read more

    • Day71

      Hundies on holidays

      August 8, 2021 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

      Was würden die Hunde wohl zu diesem Urlaub sagen, zu viel Auto gefahren aber wenn wir angehalten haben war es immer toll. Wir haben die Wanderungen, dass viele Baden geliebt. Ich Snowy, liebe die Echsen hier. Jeden Morgen konnten wir einfach nur aus dem Wohnwagen springen und schon waren wir in der Natur, das war super. Vielleicht war es ab und zu ein bisschen warm aber das kennen wir ja aus New Mexiko. Die viele Zeit mit Uli und John war toll. Vor allen Dingen, dass Ulli jeden Tag mit uns so viel durch die Gegend gelaufen ist das war was sehr besonderes. Und natürlich draußen sein, unter dem Wohnwagen liegen, schön dreckig werden das ist einfach superRead more

    • Day5


      August 29, 2022 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

      Heute war Sport angesagt - Radln und Wandern! Also früh um 7 Uhr aufgestanden, Radl ausgepackt, Minimal-Frühstück, belegte Brote gemacht - und um 8:45 fuhren wir los zur Nachbarinsel Caprera, die über einen kleinen Damm/Brücke mit Maddalena verbunden ist. Angeblich in 45 Minuten zu erreichen, aber Komoot stellte sich mal wieder als Spaßvogel heraus und schickte uns über sehr abenteuerliche Feldwege... (zum Glück hat Sarah den Weg ausgesucht...)

      Caprera ist stark geprägt vom italienischen Nationalheld und Freiheitskämpfer Guiseppe Garibaldi, der hier gelebt haben soll. Unser erstes Ziel war sein Museum, wo wir unsere Räder parkten und zu Fuß weitergingen: schmale Pfade, Staudamm, Pinienwäldchen und Brüllerhitze - schließlich kamen wir bei der Festung Batteria Abruticci an, zeitlich mit einer Radlergruppe, die alle ein Warnschild aufm Popo hatten... Die Festung ist imposant oben in einen Hügel hineingebaut, war aber leider geschlossen, aber der Ausblick von da oben über all die kleinen Insel inkl. La Maddelena - unbezahlbar!

      Zurück wählten wir spontan einen Pfad runter zum Strand und sprangen kurz in Meer - das einzig vernünftige bei dem Wetter! Zurück bei den Rädern machten wir noch einen Abstecher nach La Maddelena in eine Bar/Cafe und anschließend zum Supermarkt.

      Heute Abend gehen wir Essen in das Restaurant aufm Campingplatz.
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      Die Warnschilderwanderer sehen wirklich witzig aus 😂


      Komoot... Witzbold.. Immer so 🤣🤣klingt total toll. Genießt das wohlverdiente Essen. [Iri]

    • Day64

      Bye bye Heike - es war schön mit dir

      August 1, 2021 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

      Zwei Wochen haben wir zusammen verbracht, und ich muss sagen, dafür dass wir auf so engem Raum zusammen gelebt haben ging das wirklich super. Heike hat die meiste Zeit in ihrem kleinen Zelt geschlafen. Sie ist echt hart im nehmen. Wir haben viele gute Gespräche geführt und es war eine wertvolle Zeit für uns alle glaube ich.Read more

    • Day66

      La Maddalena - 5 Tage umgeben von Wasser

      August 3, 2021 in Italy ⋅ ☁️ 24 °C

      Heike haben wir so gegen 18:00 Uhr In Olbia verabschiedet und sind dann gleich nach La Maddalena zu unserem Campingplatz gefahren. Ein ziemlich naturnah Platz, umgeben von ganz vielen tollen buchten wegen Mega coolen Wasser aber auch sehr viel Wind, den wir dann die ersten zwei Tage hatten und es war teilweise ganz schön anstrengend diese Wind auszuhalten, weil wir noch nicht mal die Tür oder Fenster öffnen konnten. Aber jeden Tag bin ich mit den Hunden durch diese tollen Felsen gewandert. John kam auch einmal mit. Ansonsten bin ich geschnorchelt und John war mit dem Board nehmen mir. Super Wasser und Felsen. Hier käme ich auf alle Fälle zurück hat auch nur 29 € mit Strom gekostet nur der Wind ist echt etwas anstrengend. Nach fünf Tagen haben wir den Platz verlassen, weil wieder extrem war Wind angesagt war. Bin aber froh, dass wir hier waren.
      Für Snowbear war das reliving New Mexiko, die Landschaft war sehr ähnlich, überall waren kleine Echsen hinter denen sie herangezogen, sie war absolut happy dort rum zu rennen und ab und zu ins Wasser zu springen. Es war toll zu sehen, wie happy sie ist
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    • Day208

      Northern Maddalena group & Isla Caprera

      October 18, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

      As much as we wanted to stay we had already bought our permits for the Maddalena Marine Reserve off Northern Sardinia so we headed South and a little East to Cala Giorgio Marino. This an anchorage in the centre of the Northern Magdalena islands wonderfully sheltered with crystal clear water, we took another kayak, there was more rubbish on the beaches but most was wood rather than plastic. We relaxed and sunbathed, debating whether to go further or spend the night here, but we decided to see a little more and headed down the West of Maddalena Island then North around Isla San Stefano past the main town of Maddalena creatively called Maddalena to Cala Stagnali on Isla Caprera where we will spend the night. We have enjoyed a couple of wonderful calm sunshiny days but that is due to change on Sunday, so the debate is whether or not to hightail it back to Bonifacio tomorrow and hide there or ride out the weather here until Thursday?Read more

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