June 28 – July 3, 2017    Try, Try Again! Through the Straits of Messina and on to Palermo

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site rencontre allier 03 It is a early start and we have ‘wind,’ almost 17 knots! We are sailing! My watch is from 3 to 6 pm. I am actually at the helm for the three hours while Pakilar charges through the waves. Marcelo has set the sails perfectly, of course. All I need is to keep her on course. I have been at the help this past week more that I have in 17 years of sailing, I love to sail and am sure that I would have loved it even more with more time at the helm. I should have pushed more the chance. Certain that I would have made mistakes and wobbled through the water from time to time but I would have learned. Necessity has opened the opportunity on this trip. Better late than never, I guess. (Note to sailors: Give the wife / girlfriend / daughter a chance. You would be surprised by how much they can do.)

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site de rencontre gratuite badoo My next watch is 12 to 3 am that matches up with our passage through the Straits of Messina between mainland Italy on our north and Sicily on our southern side. Tom, Marcelo and I are all up on deck to check for ferries and fishing boats. Small fishing boats only sport white lights. Tricky, because you don’t know if the light is coming from the shore or it is another boat. A number of boats are out fishing tonight. The wind is light so we are powering. The current is not a problem either. The 25-mile stretch passes easily and we are out of the Straits with a turn south for the 100-mile trip to Palermo by 3:17 in the morning. At the end of the straits, there is a firework display. Very nice reward for a safe passage! There is another fire-related event on the island of Sicily that we witness as we begin our passage to Palermo. The hillside is ablaze. We can see the lights of numerous fire trucks and police vehicles. Wood smoke is in the air. I always say a prayer for people when I hear an ambulance or see a fire truck. Corny, no! Can’t help it. Always have and always will.

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The afternoon comes and Palermo looms closer. Marcelo pulls out the jib to speed our progress but the wind is flukey and it is hard to fill the sail and still keep on course. Jib rolled, we plot a straight course to Villa Igiea Harbor. The southern wind picks up and the seas are mixed and choppy. Like an errant children being led to bed in one direction the waves resist and turn in odd and contrary paths.

Villa Igiea is straight ahead…or is it? What looks like a section of a broken city wall is ‘supposedly’ the entrance to the harbor. Is this really the entrance and can we squeeze through? Luckily, Tom and Marcello have been here before and know the drill. The plan is to enter the harbor and stop at the gas dock to the left of the entrance. The opening to the harbor is actually larger than it appears. Fenders and lines out, we motor through.   There is a small area before you progress to either dock floats or the gas dock. The gas dock has space for only two boats and both are full. We wait. Maneuvering forward and back is a tight space, fighting the winds that hope to push our bow on its whim, when I see a second sailboat and a power boat approaching the entrance to the marina. Luckily, the sailboat sees us and waits outside the entrance while the small boat powers through.

A sailboat on the gas dock leaves. We begin to back into the empty slot. The wind picks up and starts to push our bow away from the dock pushing the stern at an odd angle to the fuel dock. The attendant on shore refuses our dock lines and throws us a very oversized line to tie up. I grab the line and begin to tie up. Marcelo runs aft to help tie up, putting it on our self tailing winch.  The line is too big to run through the self-tailor and comes off. Marcelo and I push Pakilar’s stern off the dock waiting each second for that horrible sounding grind that means damage. We are lucky. Nothing damaged. Marcelo is tying the aft line again and has me run forward to catch the fuel dock gas line.  I find an empty cleat and begin to tie up. When the bow started to swing, we yelled to the marina dinghy, that just happened to be motoring past, to push Pakilar’s bow with their boat. He came next to the boat and did nothing! Frustrating. Tied up, we gas up and head to our slot two floats away…exhausted!

Tonight we have dinner at a #1 Tripadvisor recommendation for Palermo in the old town near the Saint Ignazio Church, called All”Olivera Wine and Dine (Tel: 39 091 785 2487) Piazza Olivera #9.  The location is on a walking street.  Nothing special about the atmosphere.  The waitstaff was very good but the food was a disappointment. Not bad, just average. Not a #1.  After all, Italians have a reputation for fine dining to uphold.

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Marcelo has been telling us about a great market in downtown Palermo. We decide to go. It just happens that today many of the streets are closed for a “Gay Pride Day” Parade. Truck loads of revelers dancing and singing to very loud music, shoot water pistols into the watching crowd. It is a fun parade. From what I can see, all was very peaceful and celebratory.

It is a long walk down the main shopping streets of Palermo from where the bus drops us off but we finally find a warren of back alleys that are home to the market Marcelo has been telling us about. Actually, it is more of a food market with vendors selling meats and fish and other specialties and then grilling them for you while you wait. The smells are terrific. We have plans for dinner tonight but this could have been a happy option. It is several hours before our dinner reservation tonight, so we stop at a café for an aperitif. Marcelo gets an ice cream and Tom gets fresh orange juice. My sparkling water will tide me over for now. I am looking forward to tonight’s dinner. A specialty ice cream treat here is a bread roll stuffed with ice cream / gelati. Wow, I thought I was bad with my hot fudge on vanilla custard. The killer is that all the people I see eating this indulgent bread ice cream are thin! There is no justice in the world!

The three of us dine at “Osteria Dei Vespri”. It is located lovely and quiet spot near the Museum of Modern Art at Piazza Croce dei Vespri, 6 – 90133 Palermo Tel: 091 617 1631.  Fabulous, fabulous food!!! I was tempted to have the tasting menu but happily satiated with my duck stuffed ravioli and a Tuna with olives. Fine local wines and both unique and traditional desserts make this a special night. Two bothers own and operate the restaurant. The four lovely women waitstaff were all you could hope for in helping make it a wonderful dinner. (We remember Melissa, Julia, and Johanna who is Romanian and grew up just 15 kilometers from the Count Dracula castle.) It is a taxi home tonight. Memorable day!

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Not much to report today. We begin the day as we do every day in Sicilia with a trip to the local bakery / coffee shop. I have my usual coronetto di crema (a pudding stuffed croissant) and a cappuccino. Tom loves the fresh Orange juice and a coronetto and a café dopio, a double expresso. Marcelo loves the cannolis. Tom and I spend the day calling children and catching up on email and doing some bill paying.

It is a clean-up day. A potpourri of items from the frig are dinner ,,,smoked salmon, a selection of cheeses and olives. Marcelo and I head to the local gelateria for dessert while Tom watches the Red Sox on his computer. (Reading this, I see that we, or at least I, am very food focused. Still, this is Italia. I can’t help it!

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Time to stock up on our favorites for a trip to Sardinia. Light northerly winds make the trip north and west more manageable. We wait for the right weather conditions before heading off on this next push towards Minorca and Majorca. It will take about 30 hours. The next planned stop will be Calabria .

It is a bus ride into the city center and then a long walk to Capello Bakery to begin re-provisioning with our favorites. We show no shame! Marcelo, Tom and I each have two pastries. By far our favorite is the cannoli. The ricotta is amazing and the pastry is a delight, crisp and flavorful. The Bakery kindly calls a cab for us…should have been a crane considering all the sweets we ate…and we head to the gourmet supermarket Prezzemolo & Vitale, Via Piazza Villafranca,20/A, 90141Palermo. P IVA 058 953 60823. You can find all the Italian gourmet items, including wines that you want at this supermarcati. Quite a find. I recommend it highly.

Back to the boat for a rest to store all the calories we have consumed during the day. I am embarrassed to say it, we still find room for dinner! Tonight it is off to a simple pizzeria for

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