The past 3 weeks have been remarkable for many reasons. Clive and I sailed from Sardinia to 🇮🇹 Italy into the Bay of Naples with Mount Vesuvius as our backdrop. I’ve always held a fascination for Pompeii, so this was very cool for me.
My parents and younger brother Jacob took the leap across the pond to visit us on Jelani for nearly 2 weeks. We took a golf cart tour of Rome, a perfect way to see The Eternal City with less than 24 hours to explore. We visited the Vatican, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Coliseum, and other beautiful sights. We ate fantastic food at Grazia y Graziella and Ragno d’oro.
Once on Jelani, they got a taste as to what life on board was like. We sailed to Nerano, hooked to a Mooring Ball, and swam the afternoon away. We toured the Amalfi Coast, Positano, and Ravello with an excellent guide, Vittorio.
Jacob decided to stay with Clive and I for a few more weeks. We planned a trip to Sicignano, a gorgeous mountain town where my great-grandmother was born. We learned all about our family history and even met some cousins we never knew existed. A Special Thank you to Lucio for spending 8 years of your life to ensure we all know where we came from and who our family is.
It was sad to leave the Bay of Naples after establishing ourselves there for three weeks, but we must move on. Our Schengen visas are set to expire on August 1st. I must admit, I was nervous about setting sail to Sicily since we’ve spent so much time on land lately.
Even though I had butterflies, it felt great to cast the lines and get back to the contemplative and peaceful life I have at sea. It’s been four days since we left The Amalfi Coast, and I can’t believe how exceptional the last few days have been. I’m thoroughly enjoying sharing this experience with my youngest brother, Jacob. We’ve encountered a pod of dolphins swimming alongside us, two volcanoes spewing lava near our anchorage, and we even wrote a song.
The only way this could get any better is to share this experience with the people I love and care about. I hope the pictures make you feel apart of the journey.
Heading for Turkey