A new life in Italy
An inspirational story about how your life can change
Many people will know what it feels like to be stuck in a rut, with no obvious way of resolving your problems or changing your life. We found ourselves in that position and made a decision that was to change our lives dramatically for the better.
This book is about how we changed our lives. It gives details of our lives as expats, and the events that shaped our lives during the time we spent living aboard our sailing boat, sailing to the Mediterranean, sailing in Sardinia and sailing in Sicily.
The book starts with our voyage to France, across the Bay of Biscay, around the northern coast of Spain, down the Atlantic coast of Portugal, through the Strait of Gibraltar, across the Mediterranean Sea to the French Riviera and finally crossing the border into Italy and a new life.
We then spend a magical summer sailing around the Italian island of Sardinia. We describe our experiences in one of the most beautiful locations in the world. We talk about the fascinating people we met and spent time with, the many unexpected events we became involved in and the rich history and culture of the Sardinian people that we learnt about while sailing in Sardinia.
We spend a memorable winter in Tuscany before setting off down the Tyrrhenian coast of Italy, visiting the Italian islands as we go. From the Tuscan island of Elba, once home to Napoleon Bonaparte, to Giglio, past the ancient Roman port of Ostia to Ponza and the Pontine Islands, Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples, with the beautiful islands of Ischia, Procida and Capri and then to Amalfi before sailing down to Tropea in Calabria.
We sail to the Aeolian Islands and the northern coast of Sicily. From there, we stayed in Marsala and visited the Aegedian Islands, before sailing down the south coast of Sicily and up to the beautiful, ancient city of Ortigia, part of modern day Siracusa. We survived Mount Etna and the Strait of Messina with the perils of Scylla and the whirlpool of Charybdis before returning to Tropea and a different kind of future.
Part One - Our Great Escape
The dramatic and rocky coastline of Brittany
Islands and rivers of Atlantic France
La Coruña and Finisterre in Atlantic Spain
The historic grandeur of Lisbon
The towering majesty of Cape St. Vincent
Cadiz, Trafalgar and the Strait of Gibraltar
The sultry Costas of Southern Spain
The luxurious playground of the French Riviera
Italy - Our New Home
Part Two - A Magical Summer in Sardinia
Crystal clear water and wall-to-wall sunshine
The most spectacular religious procession in the world
Flamingos, pilot whales and dolphins up close and personal
Birthday celebrations for a tree
A fascinating cast of entertaining characters
A millionaire and his Russian bride
A body builder who’s trunks don’t fit
A ‘Southern Belle’ from Georgia
Lost in the wilderness and a shower next to some Roman ruins
Part Three - Island Hopping
Napoleon, Elba and the Tuscan Archipelago
Michelangelo, Ancient Rome and Ostia
Accordions and bagpipes in Anzio
Riding out a storm in Ponza
An intact Roman harbour in Ventotene
The unique beauty of Ischia, Procida and Capri
Fear of kidnap in Naples
Superyachts and rescues on the Amalfi Coast
An enchanted castle in Tropea
Part Four - Sicily and Beyond
Swordfish and volcanic springs in the Aeolian Islands
Cefalù, Palermo, white wine and Padre Pio
Garibaldi's Gate, Marsala and the Aegadian Islands
Southern Sicily, pirates and Siracusa
The ancient splendour of Ortigia and Taormina
The Baroque masterpices of Ragusa, Modica and Noto
Mount Etna and the whirlpools of Messina
Scylla and Charybdis - In the footsteps of Odysseus
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