Your blog is absolutely wonderful! It obviously takes considerable time for you to write it and I heartily appreciate it.
I told my wife of your travels and then showed her the pictures of your well-prepared table. She is enrolled in our cruising once the kids leave. (We already live on our boat all summer.)
There's more. I went to a local Italian grocery store and bought provisions (fresh mozzeralla, tomatoes, olives and olive oil -- then 3 twist bread from a bakery). Then I prepared her a fantastic lunch, saying to her, "We might as well eat like we're cruising." In the fun of it, and the simplicity and great food, it was my favorite lunch ever.
So you are inspiring those of us who are still a few years away.
Amidst the efforts of your typing and picture juggling, please know you are creating gold. Had I the means, I'd fly down with new windlass parts for you.
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Average minds discuss events;
Small minds discuss people.
The best minds discuss sailing.