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Sep 10, 2018 - Alghero

Drove to Alghero after stopping in Sassari for a few hours. Lots of fields along the way, vineyards, hay fields, pine trees with pine nuts. Both cities are well maintained. We are seeing more African migrants than we did in Corsica. It is pretty hot today, we are cooking. Tuesday - we toured the old Town this morning. The old fort, a couple of churches and some Nuraghe ruins that were 4000 years old. Around the old town were photos of citizens over 100 years of age. We included a copy of one on a bike. We had a great guide who kept us...

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Sep 9, 2018 - Castelsardo, Sardinia, Italy

We traveled south to Bonifacio to catch a ferry (before we experienced severe withdrawal symptoms). Had a nice sailing and upon arrival, we stopped for paninis, and then continued on to Castelsardo. Castelsardo is a picturesque town with a castle at the top. Nice hike to the top. Sardinia has lots of cultivated fields whereas Corsica was mostly uncultivated.

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Apr 26, 2018 - Caligari, Sardinia – Italy’s southern Island

Today is another Mediterranean Island, Sardinia. Much bigger than Malta at 150 miles long and 60 miles wide. Just a tad smaller than Sicily. It too has along history of many conquers (or Conqueeries as our guide says) over the past thousands of years. Official languages are Italian and Sardo (Don’t call it a dialect). The city is built mostly from the local white limestone but is much more colorful than Malta was. We are just doing the included tour, Caligari Panorama. Bus tour of the town, stopping at the Basilica of Our Lady of Bonaria...

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Apr 26, 2018 - Cagliari, Sardinia Italy

History: Cagliari the capital of Sardinia and the city that was carved out of limestone actually gleams in the Sardinia sun. One fifth of Sardinia’s land is used for agriculture producing tomatoes, Artichokes, citrus fruits, olives and wine. Cork oak trees are prevalent which is convenient for bottling wine and olive oil. Great little country with a fun capital. Streets are paved in cobblestone and so small one car can barely pass through them, full of shops, restaurants and sweet shops. Flamingos live here year around so wonderful, loved...

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Mar 5, 2018 - Cagliari: Sardinia

We zig-zagged our drive south to explore as much as possible of the Sardinian landscape and were well rewarded. The small towns and villages were always interesting but it was the countryside that had our attention. Not overly spectacular but green, undulating farmland with plenty of sheep and the ever present rocks. The main attraction of the drive was a slight detour to an excavation site at Tamuli to explore the remains of a stone village with it's ceremonial areas and tombs dating back to the Nuragic Age between 1900 and 730 BCE. We...

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Feb 28, 2018 - Alghero: Sardinia

Our ferry ride from Corsica to Sardinia was a little 'roly-poly' but we managed to keep breakfast down ok. Apart from that it was another easy island hop and a great experience. The arrival port, Santa Teresa Gallura, was very small and quite pretty. After a quick look around we headed for Alghero, on the Mediterranean coast, an easy two hour drive through green undulating farmland. A goat roadblock added extra interest for a few minutes. Our B&B unit was a short walk to the town centre's great old cobbled streets and alleys. The bars and...

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Sep 28, 2016 - La Dolce Vita in Cagliari

In the classic 1960 film, La Dolce Vita (the sweet life), Marcello Mastroianni drives around Rome searching for love, accompanied at times by Anita Ekberg. This film also made famous the Ape Calessino - the vehicle in which he drives around Rome - a cross between a motorbike and a very small car. (See: http://www.scootersales.com.au/news-reviews-5001/new-ape-calessino-200.aspx ) Yesterday, Tuesday 27 September, I had booked a driver to take us around Cagliari, Sardinia, in an Ape Calessino. Claudio, our driver, and his vehicle are well...

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Sep 26, 2016 - An Italian Sunday - mass and cooking pasta

Sardinia is a place that slowly creeps up on you in terms of charm. It doesn't have the same immediate wow factor as Corsica with its spectacular scenery. I must admit my heart sank a little when we arrived for our three night stay in the tiny town of Riola Sardo. Without benefit of a car, you do feel somewhat 'trapped', especially when it comes to eating out. I expected that I would finally read the two paperback novels I have been carrying around for the past three weeks. However the last two days have proved me wrong as we enjoyed a...

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Sep 23, 2016 - Ferraris and Fiats in Sardinia, Italy

On our first full day in Sardinia, I spotted some fabulous cars that were just completing what appeared to be a car rally through Sardinia. There were 3 e-type Jaguars, a Morgan, a Porsche and a hot-red Ferrari. I am expecting Beth and Joel to check out the photo of the Ferrari and tell me the model and what it's worth! I subsequently googled the information about the 'rally' (Sardegna Amical) and it turned out to be a private tour, organised through a Belgian company. My other car photo in today's posting is a very feisty 4 door yellow...

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Dec 14, 2013 - Cagliari Sardinia italy

After our day of rest on the ship it was once again time to tour. Today the ship landed in Cagliari Sardinia and island off the coast of Italy. Very old island of course occupied by various groups of people starting with the Phoenicians then the Romans etc.etc.etc. We toured around the city it was known for it's salt mines which now do not operate but we saw where they were. We also saw the flamingos which nest there. We of course visited the Cathedral very beautiful and outside the church was where we snapped the picture of the little man...

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Oct 5, 2013 - Olbia, Sardinia

Olbia, Sardinia Today was a nice relaxing day walking the streets of Olbia which has Phoenician origins and was also once a Roman trading post. It was a small fishing village but has now become Sardinia’s busiest ferry port. The town itself doesn’t really have a lot going for it but is very pleasant to walk around with one main street that has all the usual souvenirs and “stuff” available as well as restaurants and cafes. We passed a few pleasant hours there which included a beer break, of course, before heading back to the ship. It was a...

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Aug 20, 2013 - Summer recap 2013

Summer has been a big run so far and with the guests due back I wanted to try and share a few highlights of where we have been. Portofino, as we ran across the Gulf of Genova in the dwindling afternoon light, the church on the hill stands out brightly among the dark green foliage and the dark cliffs driving into the sea below. Turning the corner into the narrow bay passing all the coloured houses that rim the harbour is always exciting. Portovenere – racing along the coast of the Cinque- terra and at lunch time we were hanging off a mooring...

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