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

Clear Empty Water -

 July 3, 2001 

Our friends have come and gone. We had a wonderful time as we explored inland, taking a narrow gauge train to the only decent port on the north coast, Soller, a charming harbor, especially when viewed from land; and driving into the greenest mountains we have seen since we left the states, to Valdemossa, a magnficent monastery where George Sand and Frederic Chopin spent one not so magnificent (as she described it) winter.

We had an equally wonderful time sailing to the cliff-ringed calas, swimming in the warm, crystal clear water and climbing on the rocks for magnificent views. The water in the Med is some of the clearest we have seen anywhere. We can see our anchor lying on the bottom in over 20 feet of water. Unfortunately there is not a lot more to see. There are few fish and, of course, since this is not the tropics, no coral. We did find a small octopus one day. When we dove down towards him, he squirted a large black cloud and quickly swam away.