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A rainy drive to Olbia
31 Oct 2019     Olbia, Sardinia, Italy     More photos   
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A rainy drive to Olbia      
31 Oct 2019       Olbia, Sardinia, Italy       Olbia, Italy photos    
 
 
 
 
Sardinia to Venice

After waking up in our comfortable San Pantaleo apartment (photos below) we had a day to kill before boarding the overnight ferry to Genoa. So we toured a bit of countryside via a recommended scenic drive. Not a good day for a drive as it rained most of it, and at times it was a bit of a frog-strangler, but we saw some pretty mountain scenery and enjoyed ourselves.

Our route was west to Tempio Pausiano then south via the scenic mountain road SS392, the scenic-ness somewhat tempered by the heavy rain, then we headed back east where we stopped for lunch at a bar, it being siesta time and Berchidda being a small Italian town where everything but the bar was closed.

Later in the afternoon we dropped the car at the Olbia airport, collected a larger-than-expected bill from Avis, then took the number 2 bus to town where we discovered the connecting bus to the port required a 120 minute wait. Hmm. So we walked to a hotel where the friendly and ridiculously-talkative desk fellow called a cab but also talked a long time with the cab co. It brought to mind the takeout delivery guy in the Seinfeld where George bought the baldness cream. After a bit the cab lady arrived and, after more conversation, off we went to the port to catch the ferry to our next destination.

 
 
 
 
 
San Pantaleo stairs to roof patio 
The San Pantaleo apartment was quite charming, with two windy stairs, much carved wood, colourful accents, attractive art, and entertaining details.
 
 
 
 
San Pantaleo stairs to roof patio 
The San Pantaleo apartment was quite charming, with two windy stairs, much carved wood, colourful accents, attractive art, and entertaining details.
 
 
 
 
San Pantaleo stairs to roof patio 
The San Pantaleo apartment was quite charming, with two windy stairs, much carved wood, colourful accents, attractive art, and entertaining details.
 
 
 
San Pantaleo apartment  
 
 
 
 
San Pantaleo apartment  
 
 
 
 
San Pantaleo apartment  
 
 
 
San Pantaleo apartment 
 
 
 
 
San Pantaleo apartment 
 
 
 
 
San Pantaleo apartment 
 
 
 
Stairs to 2nd bedroom 
 
 
 
 
Stairs to 2nd bedroom 
 
 
 
 
Stairs to 2nd bedroom 
 
 
 
It's gotten cooler 
A rainy cool day, and it got cooler as we headed up into the mountains.
 
 
 
 
It's gotten cooler 
A rainy cool day, and it got cooler as we headed up into the mountains.
 
 
 
 
It's gotten cooler 
A rainy cool day, and it got cooler as we headed up into the mountains.
 
 
 
Scenic drive in pouring rain 
 
 
 
 
Scenic drive in pouring rain 
 
 
 
 
Scenic drive in pouring rain 
 
 
 
Bridge over Lake Coghinas 
 
 
 
 
Bridge over Lake Coghinas 
 
 
 
 
Bridge over Lake Coghinas 
 
 
 
Berchidda lunch stop on a rainy day 
 
 
 
 
Berchidda lunch stop on a rainy day 
 
 
 
 
Berchidda lunch stop on a rainy day 
 
 
 
Berchidda  
 
 
 
 
Berchidda  
 
 
 
 
Berchidda  
 
 
 
Tirrenia ferry Olbia to Genoa 
Between the Disney-theme exterior and the cheap-and-gaudy interior (the public spaces, the cabins are just cheap), I wouldn't take design cues from Tirrenia.
 
 
 
 
Tirrenia ferry Olbia to Genoa 
Between the Disney-theme exterior and the cheap-and-gaudy interior (the public spaces, the cabins are just cheap), I wouldn't take design cues from Tirrenia.
 
 
 
 
Tirrenia ferry Olbia to Genoa 
Between the Disney-theme exterior and the cheap-and-gaudy interior (the public spaces, the cabins are just cheap), I wouldn't take design cues from Tirrenia.
 
 
 
Tirrenia and Olbia  
 
 
 
 
Tirrenia and Olbia  
 
 
 
 
Tirrenia and Olbia  
 
 
 
Another Tirrenia 
I find the colour scheme garish but it's a way for Tirrenia to make money. The more I travel the more I appreciate BC Ferries.
 
 
 
 
Another Tirrenia 
I find the colour scheme garish but it's a way for Tirrenia to make money. The more I travel the more I appreciate BC Ferries.
 
 
 
 
Another Tirrenia 
I find the colour scheme garish but it's a way for Tirrenia to make money. The more I travel the more I appreciate BC Ferries.
 
 
 
Getting comfortable in our Tirrenia cabin 
The cabins are small but adequate, with a window, two short beds, and an RV-sized bathroom. It's certainly more comfortable (though slower) than an airplane.
 
 
 
 
Getting comfortable in our Tirrenia cabin 
The cabins are small but adequate, with a window, two short beds, and an RV-sized bathroom. It's certainly more comfortable (though slower) than an airplane.
 
 
 
 
Getting comfortable in our Tirrenia cabin 
The cabins are small but adequate, with a window, two short beds, and an RV-sized bathroom. It's certainly more comfortable (though slower) than an airplane.
 
 
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