How do you cross an ocean? One wave at a time!

I realize it has been over a month since my last posting, so there will be a lot to catch up on. We left Mindelo, Sao Vincente at 1:00 on Nov. 19th and sailed across the Atlantic Ocean in 16 days.  Our friend, Rod Aukerman, told us that someone described crossing an ocean as “utter boredom–with […]

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Next stop, St. Lucia!

Our time in Las Palmas came to a close with final good-byes and preparations to leave the marina for a ship is meant to be at sea. We bid farewell to Chris from England, our neighbor for the past months.         Paul had made fast friends with the family on Cygnus Pena […]

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Las Palmas, Gran Canaria

We’re almost ready to go. We arrived in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria on October 28th and met Paul at the boat.  He had Asylum in spit-spot shape–clean and ready to roll.   Paul had made many friends whom he introduced to us at the dock gathering before he left for England on the 30th.  We […]

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Barcelona to Gibraltar to Las Palmas and the End of the Summer Travels

In the last post, I introduced you to Paul and Emmy, our “crew” for the final legs of the trip to Las Palmas, Grand Canaria.  The word “crew” refers to people who work on a ship (or train, or airplane, etc.).  That hardly constitutes the relationship to be had among the four of us on […]

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Marseille to Barcelona

The next round of adventures on Asylum included Bill and Ceca Cooper and their daughter Camille (Yazy for this post) and her husband Miguel.  We arrived in Marseille on July 15th and commenced to getting the boat ready for guests.  All was ready when we took the dingy to pick up the group at the […]

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From Villefranche to Marseille

We left the loveliness of Monaco and continued just a few miles down the south coast of France to another point of loveliness– Villefranche.  We walked through the fortification on the hill and began looking for the covered narrow streets that have been there since the 1200’s.   They are located on Avenue Obscure. After […]

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Hello France and Monaco!

We arrived in Menton, France around 7:30 am and dropped our hook in the anchorage outside the harbor and promptly went to bed! The night’s passage was unpredictable wind wise, so not much sleep for either of us. After a shower and breakfast, we took the dingy to the marina to check out the town. […]

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From Civitavecchia, Italy to France

From Civitavecchia to France Amanda and Austin and Sylas left on June 12th and it was time for us to make our way out of Rome for the last time. We moved north along the coastline 30 miles to Civitavecchia and took a spot in the marina. We thought we would only be here for […]

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Time with the Hahns

Continuing on from the last post, after our days in Rome, the Hahns had to decide where their one night getaway was going to be. The decision was for them to take the fast train to Florence, and Thane and I and Sylas would drive there the next day. Getting on the internet to secure […]

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Asylum Adventures—Summer 2014

NOTE: Due to horrible Internet connections, we are only able to post the pictures in the post that we have so far. The post has been ready for at least a week, but we cannot get the Internet strength we need to finish integrating the pictures. Ah, technology! We will try again. In Italy, the […]

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We’re home, but here is the last portion of the trip!

(Thane here) When we last left you, we were in Nettuno about to voyage to the islands to the south and to Amalfi coast. Our first stop was Ponza, a crowded island that was obviously a vacation stop for half of Italy. Tons of ferries coming and going right by our anchored boat. Argh. Pretty […]

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Levezza, Corsica to Anzio and Nettuno, Italy

When we left Bonifacio, we went to “The Baths” of the Mediterranean. If you’ve been to the British Virgin Islands and visited “The Baths,” you’ll recognize a similar phenomenon. (If you haven’t been to “The Baths,” give yourself a treat with Google Images.) We did a little exploring and basically read and swam and ate! […]

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Adjaccio to Bonifacio

(this is the third of three posts made today. You may want to scroll down to “Crossing to Calvi” and work your way back to here….) On July 1 we left Adjaccio to cross the bay to anse St. Barbara.. a short hop but nice to get out on our own again. A boat likes […]

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From Calvi to Adjaccio and the Tour de France

We thought we were leaving Calvi on a nice benign day, June 25th–the bay was like glass and looked like a good time to go. And you know this foreshadowing does not mean good tidings for these two travelers. As soon as we turned the corner, we had white caps and Brenda wondering what was […]

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Crossing to Corsica

Thane here.  Once again, we are a bit tardy getting up to date, but we will blame bad internet this time.. even cyber cafes often don’t have the bandwidth to download photos.. but here goes… We crossed from Mallorca to Corsica on June 17 with a benign forecast that turned out to be a bit […]

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Cutting loose!

Finally!  After literally years of planning, months of preparation, (and a dose of anxiety) it was time to release the dock lines and let Asylum FREE to do what she does best. After all, a boat is not made to stay in the harbor.  But before we left,we hit a bit a snag; two actually. […]

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More sights of Palma

Before we reclaimed Asylum, we had a couple of days to discover the city.  The Cathedral is the iconic symbol for the city and we took the typical touristy picture! We also took a side trip to the factory outlet where they make the original Majorica 1890 pearls and jewelry. We called for a free […]

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Time to claim Asylum: Palma, Mallorca

(Disclaimer: OK, as I – Thane- write this, it is June 22. We flew to Mallorca on June 5; so we admit we’ve been having so much fun that we have not kept up with sail asylum.com. However, the wind is blowing like stink today as we are safely tucked in a marina in Calvi […]

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Avignon and then Aix en Provence!

Kate recommended that we stop in Avignon to see the city square and the Palace of the Popes. So, we did. The square is supposedly the largest public square in France. We shopped at a 2 Euro store to buy playing cards (we needed to get our Yanif card games going for the season!). The […]

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Lyon, France and the Puppets

Our time Lyon was spent looking for and at puppets.  Lyon has an international puppet museum and is the city, which the puppet Guingol originated.  Guingol is to the French as Punch is to the English.  We were unable to see a puppet show, but the old town area is certainly host to things Guingol. […]

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