Hi Everyone, We've been enjoying our week here in Brindisi Italy. Last weekend there was a concert/festival in the parking lot near our boat so our evenings were a bit noisy. Fortunately they quit by midnight. Our friends on Gemini, Ron and Susan arrived here on Monday so we've had fun company all week. Gemini is the boat we traveled with in the Black Sea in 2009. Susan is a great cook and loves to spoil Al with bake goods. We've enjoyed blueberry muffins with our morning coffee this weekend and she made a fabulous apple pie that was dessert for two nights. We made dinner aboard Artemis on Wed. and Gemini had us over last night.
It's been great fun having company but now we need to get busy and finish boat projects and pack our bags. We plan to move off the town quay down to the boatyard tomorrow morning. The yard isn't open on Sunday and we fly to Rome early (0650)on Monday. We arrive in Chicago about 1335. We're planning to be in Chicago for while before coming to Minnesota. Sally's Dad is visiting in Minnesota and sister Kate and family are coming too from Seattle. So lots of family time. Can't wait to snuggle those grandbabies! Love and God Bless Sally and Al
June 18, 2011
Hi Everyone, We had a beautiful night crossing from Montenegro. Full moon, calm seas but unfortunately our wind was "on the nose". Oh well can't have everything. It beats the crossing we had from Corfu last year to Brindisi. Wind and Seas on the nose and stopping the boat to less than 2kts at times. We arrived at Brindisi around 11:00. The town quay now has laid moorings and we hear they are charging 40E. So we went further into the bay just past the fuel dock and there are still some open free spots. We went to passport control so we are semi legal. The Coast Guard office is not open on the weekends so we need to wait to get our Costituto (transit log) until Monday. We may be in for a little rock n'roll tonight. As a band is setting up on the quay. They don't sound too bad but all depends on how late they play:-) We'll stay here on the quay as long as we're allowed to stay then we'll move down to the BalsamoBoatyard where we'll leave Artemis when we fly home Mon. June 27. We have boat proj ects to keep us busy this week. Hope all is well. Love and God Bless Sally and Al
Montenegro | Gulf Kotor | Artemis in Port of Montenegro
June 17, 2011
Hi Everyone, We picked up duty free fuel this morning (76 Euro cents a liter) in Port of Montenegro and cleared customs about 12:30 today. We paid 1.43 Euro a liter in Italy so it was worth the time to get tax free before leaving the country. Also got 20 liters of Rimula R4 oil for 68 Euros. Heading to Brindisi, Italy about 116nm so we should arrive tomorrow morning about 0830 or 9. We have south winds and are sailing to get out of Gulf of Kotor about 8nm then hopefully it'll not be too south as we are heading 194 to Brindisi. Full moon, no rain forecast and variable winds tonight so we'll probably be motoring. Happy weekend Love and God Bless Sally and Al
Montenegro | Kotor | Artemis anchored near Kotor harbor
June 12, 2011
Hi Everyone, Well Friday morning we decided it was time to move our anchorage again as the swallows decided Artemis was just the spot to start a nest. We are currently anchored across from Kotor harbor where we spent last weekend. Yesterday we decided to dingy to shore and buy some meat at the butcher. First thing we noticed as we stepped ashore for the first time across from Kotor town was a hiking sign. Hmmm shoes are semi okay and we do have water. Oh what the heck lets take a short hike. So up we climbed about 300 steps to an old mule trail. Once up the stairs the rest of the trail was comfortable and easy to follow the switch back to the top about 850 meters.
It was a beautiful trail, wild flowers, cypress, and snakes. We saw two snakes about 5' long brown with a black stripe. Don't know if they were our friends or not but gave them a wide berth. After that every time a gecko rattled in the leaves or crossed our path my skin would start to crawl and hair stand up...Of course those geckos were not the small garden variety. They were a good 10" long. The top of the mountain was a pasture surrounding old ruins of a fort that may have later been used as a barracks with bars on the windows. We could look down the other side of the mountain to Tivat and the airport. We found another hiking sign that suggested possible routes. We decided we didn't want to go the 3.5 km back the way we came so we chose a 2km path that we thought would take us to lunch and a bus back to Kotor.
Montenegro | Gulf Kotor | Tivat view from hike
Wrong...we walked another 5km before we found another hiking sign saying we could go 8.2km back to Kotor, 7km to L town or 10km to Tivat. We decided to go for the 7km hike. So much for lunch and a bus:-( At this rate we have another 31/2-4 hours to hike and the sky is darkening and starting to rumble. Despite not bringing properly prepared for a long hike, taking a few detours, not sure where we were going to end up, the trail and hike were enjoyable. We never saw another hiker all day and only one car the last 20 min. Finally about 4:30 we hit the main road of Tivat that follows the coast. Yo!! A bus arrived just as we turned onto the road. We flagged him down and happily paid him 1.50E each for a ride back to Kotor. That bus ride settled our desire to rent a car or go biking along the sea. The roads are barely wide enough for one vehicle to pass, yet cars parked along the road in the towns and very often either we or the other vehicle would have to back up to find a spot so we could pass. It took 35min to get back to the boat. No way were we going grocery shopping now. Time for a "lie down" before dinner.
This morning we went to mass at St. Tryphon's Cathedral again. They claim it's the oldest Cathedral in the world but didn't find that info on google. The Bishop said the mass this morning so it was a "High Mass" lots of incense, and singing. After mass we frequented our favorite bakery and then shopped for the meat we were after yesterday. We bought a rot isserie chicken from the butcher. Yum great lunch and enough for supper tonight. This afternoon Al's doing some repairs to our sun cover. It's amazing how much cooler it is in the boat once the decks are covered. Hope everyone is having a nice weekend. Happy graduation to niece Sara. Schools out in Minnesota. Happy Summer. Love and God Bless Sally and Al
June 8, 2011
Hi Everyone, Donji Morinj, Montenegro where we arrived Sunday is a pleasant surprise. A mountain stream flows into the anchorage making the water crispy cold and brackish. We went with our New Zealand friends Panthera and Antares up the stream a sh