Lisbon is a city of vibrant colour and colour, heavily influenced by Art Nouveau style architecture. A perfect place to rest and explore after sailing down the Atlantic Coast.
When we arrived in La Rochelle, a few short months ago, we had no idea what to expect from many things; the town, our new catamaran “Wild Heart” and sailing in France.
We quickly discovered that La Rochelle was a joy, rich in history and lifestyle; commisioning a new boat was an intense and exciting experience; sailing in a new country was an adventure. In fact, it continues to be an adventure of exploring, discovering and learning.
Photograph credit: Scott Johnston
Where we stayed: Hotel St Nicolas La Rochelle
Low key hotel, in a convenient location in the old town and about 30 minutes walk to Port des Minimes
Where we ate:
We enjoyed all the local boulangeries and pâtisseries around the hotel. And any gelato shop, of course
As restaurants go, Prao Restaurant was one of our favourites for the fresh food, atmosphere and wine selection.
Shopping for the boat: Get our download here of all the places we shopped to “outfit” the boat.
There are times you make decisions that you know will change the path of your life.
Our catamaran purchase is one of these big, scary decisions.
Why big and scary? We have made a big commitment to a particular way of life. A life of 6 months sailing and 6 months at home in Austrlia. I know it will have its challenges. We are taking a leap into the big unknown and having to let go of things in our life now to make it possible; the comfortable, safe familiar things.
Have you ever tried free diving? In the middle of winter last year, I decided to learn. Why winter? Who knows, it seemed like as good a time as any. Don’t get me wrong, the Australian winter is not a European winter; it’s very mild by comparison but it’s still a crazy time to learn a new sport where you spend an extended time in the water.
The driver? An upcoming sailing trip to Tonga. I’m so excited about this trip and I really want to get more out of snorkelling and I figured free diving would help me dive deeper and longer.
While I was looking for a wetsuit in Sydney, I met a free diving instructor and a week later signed up for the next beginner class (AIDA2). The inspiration for all this….
Jane Davenport – Jane’s online and face to face workshops got me back to art and I’ll be forever grateful. Her fun, whimsical classes focusses on art journalling as a way of self expression and creativity. She’s an experienced artist and teacher and her classes have great technique tips and exercises. Her style features faces, figures and lots of colour. If you love the cute and whimsical, you’ll love these classes. Read More