After a week at Rita and Richards the day came to leave and travel down to Livorno where we were due to catch our ferry to Barcelona. We had planned to leave for around 11 and spend the day at Pisa seeing as it was only down the road. Cup of tea drank I went out to move the car round the front so we could pack up and be on our way. It wouldn't start. A couple of tries turning it over and the battery was completely flat. Nightmare. I couldn't even move it to try and jump start it as the drive is quite a hill when pushing. Luckily we were at a house that had a battery charger so out came the battery and on charge it went. Battery charged and another tea drunk I went to give it another go. Nothing. And the battery drained again. I can safely say that battery is dead. Luckily the car has two batteries so I took out the other one and charged that. It was now 3.30 so Pisa was off the agenda as we needed to arrive in Livorno for 9ish. I didn't want to have the same issue in Pisa. This battery was charged and worked. After a quick change of spark plugs with a quick hairdryer pre heat the car was working. Although 6 hours late we were on the road bound for Livorno. It was only an hour down the road so not a massive journey, the next challenge was to find where the ferry left from, which wasn't as easy as it should have been. It wasn't in Livorno at all, it was around 3km out and in the middle of nowhere. We pulled up into a very dark looking port with very little going on. All we could see was a single ferry. We drove into the official looking area ignoring the border guy on the roundabout. We then turned back and went to the roundabout and asked the policeman whether this was the right place, he asked us where we were going then said ''yes this is the place, wait here I'll sort it out.''
After the last ferry being so bad we decided to get a room this time, this was the best idea ever. There were people everywhere! People were unrolling sleeping bags in the children's play area, behind the bar, basically behind anything they could fit a sleeping bag or pillow in. So we found our room as soon as we got on the ferry. A quick toilet and teeth-brush and then to bed was the plan. Right on queue though was yet another plumbing nightmare... Our toilet wouldn't flush.
This isn't really an issue when there is usually somewhere to go and sit in the ferry. But this ferry was rammed, so we sat in the corner of the self service restaurant. We got kicked out of there to. So we had to spend the last hour on the ferry in the reception area sitting on the floor.
All in all another great ferry crossing.