|Sun rise in middle of Adriatic Sea|
As always, click on any image for larger view.
|Porpoises came to play with our bow 8NM from Italy|
We had previously contacted Mario de Girolamo regarding handling clearance formalities for us. Mario is an agent for cargo ships; I think we might be the first small private yacht which he has cleared in. He first quoted us a high fee but then reduced his fee to what we considered reasonable. Since we do not speak Italian we thought it best to let the professional deal with authorities.
|Look closely. Dark spot in water just to left of sail.|
That is one of the porpoises leaving after playing with us.
|See the white dots. Hundreds of these. A very strange fish|
farm. Hate to get tangled in that on a dark night!
|First moon looked red/orange|
|And then moon looked pale yellow.|
Later it was white.
|Marina del Gargano|
|Marina del Gargano|
display cases that
|Mostly empty Marina del Gargano|
|Waters here have more jellyfish than|
we have seen since Indonesia.
|Swabian Angioin Argoneses Castle in Malfredonia.|
Bill refused to walk through yet another castle.
With that first chore completed, we continued to walk in search of some form of grocery market. We walked. And we walked. And we walked some more. I do not know how far but it was too far. We eventually found a greens grocer and stocked up on vegetables. It was so rare to find vegetables in Croatia. I think we will like Italy because they apparently do eat lots of vegetables.
Right across the street from the greens grocer was a butcher shop. I stocked up on 2 kilo beef (to be used as stew meat) and 2 kilo ground beef (watched it ground and it is extremely lean -- like 98% lean) and 2 kilo veal roast. Would have liked to buy more because the meat looked so good but that was enough to carry while walking back to the marina.
|Isn't this a gorgeous cake!|
We took a different route back and passed a very small grocery store where we stocked up on various breads and buns. Also passed a bakery that had the most beautiful cakes. I had to go in and look more closely at those cakes. It was a small shop operated by a woman who appeared to be about 60 years old. Her grandson was watching the shop while she was in back cooking lunch. The family obviously lived behind the storefront. He went back and brought her to the counter when we walked in to see the cakes.
|More fun cakes. Details really done well.|
|And more fancy cakes|
She did not just place them in a bag; she placed them on a small decorative disposable tray and then wrapped them in a heavy paper like gift wrap. It was obvious that she takes pride in her baked goods. Wish we could have bought more or that we could return to buy more, but I am not walking that far again.
|Last of the cakes|
By this time it was after 1 pm and all the shops were closed for the afternoon. Most everything closes between 12:30 and 1 pm and remains closed until 4 or 5 pm; then reopens until maybe 8 pm or so. This will take some getting used to for us. This is a custom that I like a lot.
Saturday we will probably begin heading south. Weather looks okay for southward travel then. We will be motoring again (of course!) but this time with only about 6 kt wind on our nose. That isn't too bad.