September 16 , 2001
Gaeta, Italy

September 3 , 2001
Stromboli: The Lighthouse Of The Mediterranean

August 26 , 2001
Cefalu: Another Medieval Jewel

August 23 , 2001
Sicily: Land of Lovely Desserts

August 15 , 2001
En Route to North Africa

August 10 , 2001
Ormeggiatori

August 8, 2001
Supermarkets and Amphora

August 6 , 2001
Sailing South in Sardinia

August 2 , 2001
La Vie en Corsica

July 30, 2001
Jonathan Joins Us

July 27, 2001
One Sea, Seven Colors

July 24, 2001
Say What?

July 23, 2001
"Va Bene"

July 21, 2001
Venturing Into Italy

July 20, 2001
And The Mistral Blew

July 18, 2001
The Spell Of Menorca

July 12, 2001
Culture And Concerts

July 7, 2001
Cha Chas

July 6, 2001
Red Dust

July 4, 2001
Rare Birds

July 3, 2001
Clear Empty Water

June 27 , 2001
Quick Friends

June 22 , 2001
Reconnecting

June 13, 2001
Eastern Hemisphere

June 6, 2001
A Weekend in Cartegena

May 30 , 2001
A Time Or A Place

May 29 , 2001
Several Lovely Sails

May 21 , 2001
Free At Last

May 25, 2001
On The Hard

May 18, 2001
A Boat Again

May 14, 2001
Time Warp to Morocco

May 03, 2001
Still On Stilts in Malaga

Quick Friends -

 June 27, 2001 

From Palma, we gunkholed west, sticking our nose into every cala and cranny, finding the coast lovely with rocky cliffs and outcrops on the steep to shore and some few perfect anchorages, interspersed mostly with coves that have been ruined by over-development. Just as we had decided against anchoring in the harbor of the town of Puerto Andraitx and were motoring out, we got a call on the radio from our Brit/Dane friends whom we had left in Ibiza days earlier. They had just sailed across and were about to go into Cala Egos, just north of the town, when they spotted us. We followed them in and had yet another delightful evening and dinner with them aboard DOVKA in a spectacular cove with a white sand beach to which to swim and wonderful cliffs to climb.

The friendships that develop while cruising are unique. The superficial layers of social order are stripped away as one spends a great deal of time with strangers who quickly become intimates. One of the special things about this lifestyle, especially for us here in Europe, is the opportunity to meet so many different people from so many different cultures. As we cruise and explore at sea and on land, we share our reactions to our new experiences, from our different perspectives.

We are back now in Palma tonight, to await the arrival of dear friends for five days of sailing and exploring. The city of Palma, in the huge Bay of Palma on the South coast, is a bustling city of 300,000 with history, good restaurants and museums. Puerto Andraitx on the southwest coast is a quintessential Mediterranean port where one ties the dinghy up to the quay and falls into a quayside café for the ever-excellent café noir or con leche. In between are many calas, most overbuilt with hotels and houses, but some still pristine and perfect for the hoards of daytrippers in all kinds of craft, who provide great entertainment for us during the day and whom all leave in the early evening so we can share the anchorage with only the gulls and the crickets.