The road to Ulassai

 
October 17, 2019 Oct 17, 2019   Ulassai, Sardinia, Italy
 
 

We checked out of our apartment and took the train for one stop to pick up a rental car at the airport. We drove north a few hours until we arrived in the small (1,400 pop) mountain town of Ulassai.

Ulassai

Driving in Sardinia isn't that different. The roads are good, the signage good, rotaries, tunnels. The drivers though, they're fast and aggressive. Reminds me of Boston.

We arrived in Ulassai about half past two and it seemed abandoned, the stores and cafes all closed. The bar was open so we ate a rather sad bar sandwich. This the "need food between 2 and 5 in a small Italian town" problem which can be addressed by either planning ahead or lowering your food standards.

Ulassai's setting is spectacular, the limestone and dolomite cliffs tower over head, but the town itself isn't particularly attractive. It is interesting, it is old, it has a complex texture. The narrow streets are fun to walk but claustrophobic in the car.

Later in the afternoon the shops opened and a curious mix of people appeared: groups of young people who had finished hiking/climbing for the day and groups of very old people, Sardinians are reputed to be long lived, discussing, well, whatever very old people discuss. Brought to mind the saying about Victoria BC, that it is home to the newly wed and the nearly dead.

 
 
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Jerzu      
We passed the town of Jerzu on the way to Ulassai. Jerzu is known for its full-bodied Cannonau red wine, which I happen to be drinking at this moment and which I find to be very good.
 
Jerzu      
We passed the town of Jerzu on the way to Ulassai. Jerzu is known for its full-bodied Cannonau red wine, which I happen to be drinking at this moment and which I find to be very good.
 
Jerzu      
We passed the town of Jerzu on the way to Ulassai. Jerzu is known for its full-bodied Cannonau red wine, which I happen to be drinking at this moment and which I find to be very good.
 
Ulassai      
The limestone and dolomite cliffs that surround Ulassai make this a popular hiking and climbing destination.
 
Ulassai      
The limestone and dolomite cliffs that surround Ulassai make this a popular hiking and climbing destination.
 
Ulassai      
The limestone and dolomite cliffs that surround Ulassai make this a popular hiking and climbing destination.
 
Ulassai      
The narrow street skirting the ambulance and mounting the hillside is the recommended route to our b&b.
 
Ulassai      
The narrow street skirting the ambulance and mounting the hillside is the recommended route to our b&b.
 
Ulassai      
The narrow street skirting the ambulance and mounting the hillside is the recommended route to our b&b.
 
Ulassai      
Much of Ulassai hugs the side of a mountain and features narrow and winding streets.
 
Ulassai      
Much of Ulassai hugs the side of a mountain and features narrow and winding streets.
 
Ulassai      
Much of Ulassai hugs the side of a mountain and features narrow and winding streets.
 
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