A rainy drive to Olbia

 
October 31, 2019 Oct 31, 2019
 
   Italy, Sardinia, Olbia
 
 
Sardinia to Venice

After waking up in our wonderful 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. A good day for a drive? No, it rained most of the day, and at times it was a bit of a frog-strangler, but we did see some pretty mountain scenery and we 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 in Berchidda. Why a bar? Because it was siesta time and Berchidda being a small Italian town all but the bar was closed.

By late in the afternoon we left the car at 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. (Reminded me of the takeout delivery guy in the Seinfeld where George bought the baldness cream.) Anyway, after a while the cab lady arrived and, after more conversation, off we went to the port to catch the ferry to our next destination.

 
 
Sml    Med    Big
 
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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