Tonight we’re at anchor in Milazzo. The boat is rocking from side to side as a ferry passed by us a few moments ago and we’re feeling the waves of its wake. Ross & I had a simple dinner, made of all the food items we had to consume before they went off. Without a refrigerator, food doesn’t keep too long in the cool box. Only when we’re at a marina and connect to shore power can we plug in the small electric cooler.
Milazzo isn’t the finest city to visit but we’re only here for the night and will be continuing eastward in the morning. It’s a very industrial place and we only planned the stop here to see if we could get some replacement batteries for the boat. The ones we have are okay but weakening and not charging as well and Ross wants to replace them with some new ones.
We left Lipari this morning and had to motor the whole way as there was only a light breeze and it wasn’t strong enough to sail on. We were going to moor up at the marina but they were asking a ridiculous price for the night so we opted to anchor. We spent part of the afternoon modifying the reefing lines on the main sail then inflated the dinghy and rowed into shore. We tried a couple of places for batteries but had no luck. There was one chandler nearby which we were able to buy a courtesy flag for Greece as Ross didn’t yet have one for the boat. Weather permitting, we’ll be on our way in a couple of days and be there later this week.
Last night’s farewell dinner with Mal & Val was really nice. They treated us to a lovely meal at a restaurant they found in Lipari. The place was situated down a narrow alleyway and looked small from the outside, but the interior led to a long garden out back where they had several tables. The temperature outside was perfect and there were no mosquitoes to bother us. We had tempura curry prawns as an appetizer. The restaurant also served a peculiar bread to start with. It must have been smoked as it had the aroma of a campfire. The bread was slightly doughy (I’m not sure if that was intended) but it was interesting to eat anyhow. For my main I decided to try a “different” kind of pizza… it was rolled. They had a long list of pizzas which all sounded great but they had this one, “Rollé 25” at the end of the list and I went for it. It was topped with arugula, tomatoes, prosciutto, and two types of cheese; rolled, then sliced. We were much too full for any dessert at all. We said our goodbyes and Mal & Val headed back to their hotel which was just around the corner from the restaurant, and Ross & I made our way back to the boat, carrying along our backpack of groceries we had stocked up on before dinner. Thanks for joining us on the sailing adventure Mal & Val!