Upon our return from Abruzzo, we set about completing all our winter jobs and making repairs and changes as necessary to Linea our Bavaria Lagoon 430 . Kim drew the short straw and volunteered to come out to Italy and give us a hand. We didn’t make her work all the time though! We squeezed in a day trip up to Rome to see Sheena and had a wonderful day strolling round. Whilst I was there Erin phoned from India to say that she had contracted typhoid! It was not a good to feel so helpless. All I could do was give her calming advice and hope that she was receiving good care. She has since fully recovered after strong antibiotics.
We had visits from Gaye and Chris, Sheena, Shaun and Jack. We met up with and Bill and Susanne in Rome and I had a blissful spa evening and dinner catch up with my dear friend Ali.
We enjoyed showing our visitors around Base Nautica Flavia Gioia and the delightful town of Gaeta which has it all. The marina is right in town, the town is a thriving place summer and winter. There is a medieval area around the old castle and cathedral; a huge sandy beach on the north side of the isthmus; the beautiful Parco Orlando to wander around ; the spectacular ‘Spacata’ split in the cliffs cradling a church and the Turks Cave where you can watch the waves crashing in.
Being only an hour and a half from either Naples or Rome it is a great place from which to explore the mainland. From early November there is a huge light festival with Christmas stalls and events, an ice rink and animated illuminations on buildings. It is a truly magical festival. We loved being here, and felt almost like locals.
Gaye and Chris came to visit and we went to Pompeii and had a lovely few days with them, including having an Italian cookery lesson with a local chef where we enjoyed making succo, meatballs and saltimbocca. We learnt new tips and I was especially happy to learn how to pile spaghetti on a plate in a cone shape!
We drove into the spectacular mountains to the south of Gaeta to do a hike up to a massive statue of Jesus on the top.
We learnt to play Rummykub with our American neighbours Bob and Robyn on Windarra and had a few nights out with the marina liveaboard gang.
All too soon it was time to go home where we were looking forward to celebrating Angela’s 60th birthday in the Lakes.