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Benvenuti in Sardegna.  14 October 2019.  Cagliari Italy Sardinia
Oct 14, 2019
  Cagliari, Italy, Sardinia  
Cagliari art and the medieval city.  15 October 2019.  Cagliari Italy Sardinia
Oct 15, 2019
  Sardinia, Italy, Cagliari  
Bellissima Cagliari.  16 October 2019.  Cagliari Italy Sardinia
Oct 16, 2019
  Sardinia, Italy, Cagliari  
The road to Ulassai.  17 October 2019.  Italy Sardinia Ulassai
Oct 17, 2019
  Ulassai, Sardinia, Italy  
A bit of hiking, a bit of art.  18 October 2019.  Italy Sardinia Ulassai
Oct 18, 2019
  Ulassai, Sardinia, Italy  
More hiking, more art.  19 October 2019.  Italy Sardinia Ulassai
Oct 19, 2019
  Ulassai, Sardinia, Italy  
More Ulassai.  19 October 2019.  Italy Sardinia Ulassai
Oct 19, 2019
  Sardinia, Italy, Ulassai  
The Supramonte via Fiat.  20 October 2019.  Italy Sardinia
Oct 20, 2019
  Italy, Sardinia  
Orosei and Cala Gonone.  21 October 2019.  Cala Gonone Italy Orosei Sardinia
Oct 21, 2019
  Sardinia, Orosei, Italy, Cala Gonone  
Around Orosei.  22 October 2019.  Italy Orosei Sardinia
Oct 22, 2019
  Sardinia, Orosei, Italy  
Orosei to Alghero.  23 October 2019.  Alghero Italy Sardinia
Oct 23, 2019
  Sardinia, Italy, Alghero  
Around Alghero.  24 October 2019.  Alghero Italy Sardinia
Oct 24, 2019
  Sardinia, Italy, Alghero  
Bosa in the rain.  25 October 2019.  Bosa Italy Sardinia
Oct 25, 2019
  Sardinia, Italy, Bosa  
Hiking near Alghero.  26 October 2019.  Alghero Italy Sardinia
Oct 26, 2019
  Sardinia, Italy, Alghero  
Northeast to San Pantaleo.  27 October 2019.  Italy San Pantaleo Sardinia
Oct 27, 2019
  Sardinia, San Pantaleo, Italy  
Nuraghe La Prisgiona.  28 October 2019.  Italy San Pantaleo Sardinia
Oct 28, 2019
  Italy, San Pantaleo, Sardinia  
Isola Maddalena.  29 October 2019.  Isola Maddalena Italy Sardinia
Oct 29, 2019
  Italy, Isola Maddalena, Sardinia  
Hiking in San Pantaleo.  30 October 2019.  Italy San Pantaleo Sardinia
Oct 30, 2019
  Italy, San Pantaleo, Sardinia  
A rainy drive to Olbia.  31 October 2019.  Italy Olbia Sardinia
Oct 31, 2019
  Italy, Sardinia, Olbia  
Ulassai panorama.  20 November 2019.  Italy Sardinia Ulassai
Nov 20, 2019
  Italy, Sardinia, Ulassai  
Blue Tug.  24 November 2019.  Cagliari Sardinia
Nov 24, 2019
  Cagliari, Sardinia  
Elevated.  27 November 2019.  Cagliari Sardinia
Nov 27, 2019
  Cagliari, Sardinia  
Cala Gonone panorama.  2 December 2019.  Cala Gonone Sardinia
Dec 2, 2019
  Cala Gonone, Sardinia  
 
 
 
Benvenuti in Sardegna.  14 October 2019.  Cagliari Italy Sardinia
 
 
 
Cagliari

We are at the start of a trip, beginning with a tour of the island of Sardinia (Sardegna) and followed by a stay in Venice for the Biennale. First stop is Cagliari, a port city on the south end of the island. From Cagliari we'll drive north to Ulassai, west to Alghero, then east to Olbia where we'll take an overnight ferry to Genoa followed by a train to Venice.

Getting from the airport to Cagliari is easy as the intercity train stops at the airport. From the train station we've a short walk to our apartment. Happily, we found the apartment is as advertised, charming and with an excellent location. Sometimes the location is noisy but that's expected when in the town center. It's on a narrow stone street with food and things to look at everywhere. Most everything is old stone and beautiful. Three doors down is a live archeological dig. Up the hill is a church and castle, with lookout towers. There's even an underground church. Cagliari is overflowing with history.

After we dropped off our luggage in the apartment, we walked to the grocer to buy fluids and cookies. We always do this first on arrival. Next we went for pizza. We always do this, too. Tonight's pizza is served by charming Italian men in a pretty Italian plaza filled with people from work or shopping or just being a tourist. If only I could remember the Italian phrases I have been practicing the past month.

 
 
 
Bastione di Saint Remy +      
 
Bastione di Saint Remy +      
 
Bastione di Saint Remy +      
 
https://www.jamesgaston.ca/1661
 
 
Cagliari art and the medieval city.  15 October 2019.  Cagliari Italy Sardinia
 
 
 

It's a beautiful warm day in Cagliari. We wandered the streets and visited the modern art gallery, Galleria Comunale d'Arte.

 
 
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Paesaggio con aeroplani, Tullio Crali, 1939      
 
Paesaggio con aeroplani, Tullio Crali, 1939      
 
Paesaggio con aeroplani, Tullio Crali, 1939      
 
Ides of March, Valeriano Trubbiani, 1970      
 
Ides of March, Valeriano Trubbiani, 1970      
 
Ides of March, Valeriano Trubbiani, 1970      
 
Cagliari street      
 
Cagliari street      
 
Cagliari street      
 
Yours truly taking a photo +      
 
Yours truly taking a photo +      
 
Yours truly taking a photo +      
 
Medieval city wall      
 
Medieval city wall      
 
Medieval city wall      
 
Nun and medieval city street      
 
Nun and medieval city street      
 
Nun and medieval city street      
 
Medieval city      
 
Medieval city      
 
Medieval city      
 
Medieval city      
 
Medieval city      
 
Medieval city      
 
Medieval city street      
 
Medieval city street      
 
Medieval city street      
 
https://www.jamesgaston.ca/1625
 
 
Bellissima Cagliari.  16 October 2019.  Cagliari Italy Sardinia
 
 
 

Today's sights included an underground church that doubled as a WWII bomb shelter, a botanical garden, and the long boardwalk that skirts the port of Cagliari. Cuisine-wise, breakfast was quiche and cappuccino, dinner was Kyrgyzstan. The Kyrgyzstan turned out to be one of the best meals of the trip. If Cagliari is a preview for the rest of Sardinia we'll be good.

 
 
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Sidewalk cafe      
The Marina district is full of places to eat, from sidewalk cafes to fancy sit down restaurants. Gelato shops. too.
 
Sidewalk cafe      
The Marina district is full of places to eat, from sidewalk cafes to fancy sit down restaurants. Gelato shops. too.
 
Sidewalk cafe      
The Marina district is full of places to eat, from sidewalk cafes to fancy sit down restaurants. Gelato shops. too.
 
Chiesa di Sant'Anna      
Church that was rebuilt after being bombed in 1943.
 
Chiesa di Sant'Anna      
Church that was rebuilt after being bombed in 1943.
 
Chiesa di Sant'Anna      
Church that was rebuilt after being bombed in 1943.
 
Torre dell'Elefante      
The grey building is one of two 14th century towers overlooking the city. It is adorned with sculptures of elephants.
 
Torre dell'Elefante      
The grey building is one of two 14th century towers overlooking the city. It is adorned with sculptures of elephants.
 
Torre dell'Elefante      
The grey building is one of two 14th century towers overlooking the city. It is adorned with sculptures of elephants.
 
A residential street in Cagliari      
 
A residential street in Cagliari      
 
A residential street in Cagliari      
 
Cripta di Santa Restituta      
 
Cripta di Santa Restituta      
 
Cripta di Santa Restituta      
 
Yours truly in botanical garden      
We passed this botanical garden on the way to the ruins of a Roman amphitheater. They've a good variety of plants, from cactus to ferns to trees.
 
Yours truly in botanical garden      
We passed this botanical garden on the way to the ruins of a Roman amphitheater. They've a good variety of plants, from cactus to ferns to trees.
 
Yours truly in botanical garden      
We passed this botanical garden on the way to the ruins of a Roman amphitheater. They've a good variety of plants, from cactus to ferns to trees.
 
Yours truly as alien      
 
Yours truly as alien      
 
Yours truly as alien      
 
Ruins of the Chiesa di Santa Lucia in Marina      
These ruins are located a few meters from our apartment.
 
Ruins of the Chiesa di Santa Lucia in Marina      
These ruins are located a few meters from our apartment.
 
Ruins of the Chiesa di Santa Lucia in Marina      
These ruins are located a few meters from our apartment.
 
Buildings facing port of Cagliari      
 
Buildings facing port of Cagliari      
 
Buildings facing port of Cagliari      
 
Cagliari boardwalk      
 
Cagliari boardwalk      
 
Cagliari boardwalk      
 
Path along waterfront      
 
Path along waterfront      
 
Path along waterfront      
 
https://www.jamesgaston.ca/1626
 
 
The road to Ulassai.  17 October 2019.  Italy Sardinia Ulassai
 
 
 

We checked out of our apartment in Cagliari then took the train to the airport to pick up a rental car. We then drove north for a few hours to the small (1,400 pop) town of Ulassai.

Ulassai

Driving was easy. It isn't that different from Canada. The roads are good, the signage good. Lots more rotaries though. Lots of tunnels between Cagliari and Ulassai, they go through not over. And the drivers, well, the drivers are more aggressive than I'm accustomed.

Ulassai's setting is spectacular, with limestone and dolomite cliffs that tower over head. It turns an architecturally uninteresting place into something quite beautiful.

We arrived in Ulassai about half past two which is mid siesta in every small Italian town. The town looked abandoned, the stores and cafes all closed, an occasional car. The bar was open so we ate a rather sad bar sandwich. This is the "need food between 2 and 5 in a small Italian town" challenge which can be addressed by either planning ahead or lowering your food standards. Today we lowered.

Later in the afternoon the shops opened and we observed two types of people out and about. Young people who hike/climb during the day and are living out of an RV. And old people, Sardinians are reputed to be long lived, discussing, well, whatever old people discuss.

Isn't there some place that is said to be 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.
 
https://www.jamesgaston.ca/1605
 
 
A bit of hiking, a bit of art.  18 October 2019.  Italy Sardinia Ulassai
 
 
 

We're in Ulassai and the weather in Sardinia remains perfect. We hiked up a nearby mountain, passing through a slot in the rocks popular with rock climbers, then in the afternoon we visited an exhibit of the works by the Ulassai artist Maria Lai.

 
 
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Old stone wall and town center +      
 
Old stone wall and town center +      
 
Old stone wall and town center +      
 
Yours truly near our very nice b&b      
 
Yours truly near our very nice b&b      
 
Yours truly near our very nice b&b      
 
Paul on hike      
 
Paul on hike      
 
Paul on hike      
 
The Mediterranean is to the east      
 
The Mediterranean is to the east      
 
The Mediterranean is to the east      
 
Yours truly taking photos      
 
Yours truly taking photos      
 
Yours truly taking photos      
 
Paul on hike      
 
Paul on hike      
 
Paul on hike      
 
Ulassai panorama      
 
Ulassai panorama      
 
Ulassai panorama      
 
Rock climbers      
Ulassai is pinned in by steep rock walls so it's popular with climbers. And no, you won't find me climbing any rocks.
 
Rock climbers      
Ulassai is pinned in by steep rock walls so it's popular with climbers. And no, you won't find me climbing any rocks.
 
Rock climbers      
Ulassai is pinned in by steep rock walls so it's popular with climbers. And no, you won't find me climbing any rocks.
 
Maria Lai artwork      
The Stazione dell'arte, a train station turned art gallery, currently features a showing of works by the Ulassai multimedia/performance artist Maria Lai. In addition to a gallery filled with her pieces we also enjoyed her multimedia fairy tale "Holding the shadow by the hand." A number of Lai's pieces are stationed around Ulassai, in an open-air gallery.
 
Maria Lai artwork      
The Stazione dell'arte, a train station turned art gallery, currently features a showing of works by the Ulassai multimedia/performance artist Maria Lai. In addition to a gallery filled with her pieces we also enjoyed her multimedia fairy tale "Holding the shadow by the hand." A number of Lai's pieces are stationed around Ulassai, in an open-air gallery.
 
Maria Lai artwork      
The Stazione dell'arte, a train station turned art gallery, currently features a showing of works by the Ulassai multimedia/performance artist Maria Lai. In addition to a gallery filled with her pieces we also enjoyed her multimedia fairy tale "Holding the shadow by the hand." A number of Lai's pieces are stationed around Ulassai, in an open-air gallery.
 
The Stazione dell'arte      
 
The Stazione dell'arte      
 
The Stazione dell'arte      
 
Ulassai as seen from the Stazione dell'arte      
 
Ulassai as seen from the Stazione dell'arte      
 
Ulassai as seen from the Stazione dell'arte      
 
Paul in front of our Ulassai b&b      
Our very nice b&b managed by a very warm and demonstrative young woman named Monica who speaks no English yet somehow was able to communicate just fine. For €60 per night we got the whole floor, roomy and modern with a living room, bedroom, and bath with laundry.
 
Paul in front of our Ulassai b&b      
Our very nice b&b managed by a very warm and demonstrative young woman named Monica who speaks no English yet somehow was able to communicate just fine. For €60 per night we got the whole floor, roomy and modern with a living room, bedroom, and bath with laundry.
 
Paul in front of our Ulassai b&b      
Our very nice b&b managed by a very warm and demonstrative young woman named Monica who speaks no English yet somehow was able to communicate just fine. For €60 per night we got the whole floor, roomy and modern with a living room, bedroom, and bath with laundry.
 
https://www.jamesgaston.ca/1627
 
 
More hiking, more art.  19 October 2019.  Italy Sardinia Ulassai
 
 
 

Today was similar to yesterday: perfect weather; a challenging and beautiful hike (to the summit of Bruncu Matzeu, a nearby mountain); and then an evening walk around Ulassai's open-air museum. The major difference was dinner, yesterday it was local cuisine and today it was pizza.

 
 
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Bruncu Matzeu      
We hiked the Tisiddu trail up to Bruncu Matzeu, a 955m peak just opposite of yesterday's hike.
 
Bruncu Matzeu      
We hiked the Tisiddu trail up to Bruncu Matzeu, a 955m peak just opposite of yesterday's hike.
 
Bruncu Matzeu      
We hiked the Tisiddu trail up to Bruncu Matzeu, a 955m peak just opposite of yesterday's hike.
 
Yesterday's destination +      
Today's hike gave us a good view of where we hiked yesterday.
 
Yesterday's destination +      
Today's hike gave us a good view of where we hiked yesterday.
 
Yesterday's destination +      
Today's hike gave us a good view of where we hiked yesterday.
 
East is the Mediterranean      
 
East is the Mediterranean      
 
East is the Mediterranean      
 
Paul at the summit      
 
Paul at the summit      
 
Paul at the summit      
 
Yours truly at the summit      
 
Yours truly at the summit      
 
Yours truly at the summit      
 
Paul heading down from summit      
 
Paul heading down from summit      
 
Paul heading down from summit      
 
Church + Fiat      
 
Church + Fiat      
 
Church + Fiat      
 
Map to open-air museum      
The small town of Ulassai features art by the local artist Maria Lai scattered around the town, part of what they call an open-air museum.
 
Map to open-air museum      
The small town of Ulassai features art by the local artist Maria Lai scattered around the town, part of what they call an open-air museum.
 
Map to open-air museum      
The small town of Ulassai features art by the local artist Maria Lai scattered around the town, part of what they call an open-air museum.
 
Ulassai school with art      
The school in the center of Ulassai is part of the open-air museum. Above each window is a drawing and text plus there is a large piece in the center.
 
Ulassai school with art      
The school in the center of Ulassai is part of the open-air museum. Above each window is a drawing and text plus there is a large piece in the center.
 
Ulassai school with art      
The school in the center of Ulassai is part of the open-air museum. Above each window is a drawing and text plus there is a large piece in the center.
 
Art on the school      
This large piece is on the school.
 
Art on the school      
This large piece is on the school.
 
Art on the school      
This large piece is on the school.
 
La Lavagna      
Part of the open air museum.
 
La Lavagna      
Part of the open air museum.
 
La Lavagna      
Part of the open air museum.
 
Inside La Lavagna, by Maria Lai      
 
Inside La Lavagna, by Maria Lai      
 
Inside La Lavagna, by Maria Lai      
 
Book by Maria Lai      
The small item in the middle right side of the photo is a piece of art by Lai. It is part of a series of small ceramic books placed along Ulassai's oldest street. Lai was a big fan of reading.
 
Book by Maria Lai      
The small item in the middle right side of the photo is a piece of art by Lai. It is part of a series of small ceramic books placed along Ulassai's oldest street. Lai was a big fan of reading.
 
Book by Maria Lai      
The small item in the middle right side of the photo is a piece of art by Lai. It is part of a series of small ceramic books placed along Ulassai's oldest street. Lai was a big fan of reading.
 
Book up close      
 
Book up close      
 
Book up close      
 
Book by Lai      
 
Book by Lai      
 
Book by Lai      
 
Ulassai woman      
Most of the old women in Ulassai dress in a distinctive manner, with dark colors, a long dress, and a hood.
 
Ulassai woman      
Most of the old women in Ulassai dress in a distinctive manner, with dark colors, a long dress, and a hood.
 
Ulassai woman      
Most of the old women in Ulassai dress in a distinctive manner, with dark colors, a long dress, and a hood.
 
They do a brisk business in pizza      
As far as we can tell Ulassai has two restaurants off season. One is for Sardinian delicacies like horse, donkey, and entrails, plus the usual meat and fish. The other is this pizza place. We tried both and, no surprise, we preferred the pizza.
 
They do a brisk business in pizza      
As far as we can tell Ulassai has two restaurants off season. One is for Sardinian delicacies like horse, donkey, and entrails, plus the usual meat and fish. The other is this pizza place. We tried both and, no surprise, we preferred the pizza.
 
They do a brisk business in pizza      
As far as we can tell Ulassai has two restaurants off season. One is for Sardinian delicacies like horse, donkey, and entrails, plus the usual meat and fish. The other is this pizza place. We tried both and, no surprise, we preferred the pizza.
 
https://www.jamesgaston.ca/1628
 
 
More Ulassai.  19 October 2019.  Italy Sardinia Ulassai
 
 
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Ulassai and two neighboring towns +      
The summit of Bruncu Matzeu gives a view of Ulassai plus, in the distance, two additional hillside towns.
 
Ulassai and two neighboring towns +      
The summit of Bruncu Matzeu gives a view of Ulassai plus, in the distance, two additional hillside towns.
 
Ulassai and two neighboring towns +      
The summit of Bruncu Matzeu gives a view of Ulassai plus, in the distance, two additional hillside towns.
 
Ulassai      
 
Ulassai      
 
Ulassai      
 
Ulassai      
At times I'm not sure whether I prefer colour or b&w.
 
Ulassai      
At times I'm not sure whether I prefer colour or b&w.
 
Ulassai      
At times I'm not sure whether I prefer colour or b&w.
 
Ulassai      
 
Ulassai      
 
Ulassai      
 
Ulassai      
 
Ulassai      
 
Ulassai      
 
 

 
 
https://www.jamesgaston.ca/1684
 
 
The Supramonte via Fiat.  20 October 2019.  Italy Sardinia
 
 
 
Orosei

Today we left scenic Ulassai and our friendly host Monica. We packed the Fiat and headed south to Jerzu, home of the red wine I've been enjoying. We then drove northeast through the Supramonte, a largely-uninhabited mountainous region of Sardinia, heading for small town of Orosei.

We took the more scenic route as we are on vacation (from what you might ask) which is SS125, a road that google nav tried its best to dissuade us from taking. Ha, we'll show you, we said. And we did, and all was fine.

We stopped for lunch in Bunei and stopped some more to take photos. The road was suitably twisty but in good shape and the traffic was light. The views, as you'll get a hint at, were quite nice. Sardinia, for being such a long-populated place, as far back as the late stone ages according to the internet, has surprisingly large areas devoid of people. Which we quite enjoy.

 
 
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Ciao Ulassai      
 
Ciao Ulassai      
 
Ciao Ulassai      
 
Baunei      
 
Baunei      
 
Baunei      
 
Baunei      
 
Baunei      
 
Baunei      
 
Baunei cafe      
 
Baunei cafe      
 
Baunei cafe      
 
Baunei church      
 
Baunei church      
 
Baunei church      
 
On our way to Orosei      
 
On our way to Orosei      
 
On our way to Orosei      
 
SS 125 covered section      
 
SS 125 covered section      
 
SS 125 covered section      
 
Our Fiat      
 
Our Fiat      
 
Our Fiat      
 
Road hazard      
 
Road hazard      
 
Road hazard      
 
SS 125      
 
SS 125      
 
SS 125      
 
Motorbikes on SS 125      
 
Motorbikes on SS 125      
 
Motorbikes on SS 125      
 
SS 125 tunnel      
 
SS 125 tunnel      
 
SS 125 tunnel      
 
SS 125      
 
SS 125      
 
SS 125      
 
SS 125 panorama +      
 
SS 125 panorama +      
 
SS 125 panorama +      
 
Looking out over Dorgali      
 
Looking out over Dorgali      
 
Looking out over Dorgali      
 
Marble quarry +      
 
Marble quarry +      
 
Marble quarry +      
 
Marble quarry near Orosei      
 
Marble quarry near Orosei      
 
Marble quarry near Orosei      
 
Orosei      
 
Orosei      
 
Orosei      
 
View from our balcony      
We're in the small town of Orosei. It is supposed to be close to the beach and some mountains. We're staying in what was once a factory, textiles I think, and now a hotel. It's quite nice, breakfast is very good. It's right in the center of town. We've a second floor suite, a balcony overlooking the courtyard and the street. One thing about Orosei, walking on the rough stone streets takes some getting used to.
 
View from our balcony      
We're in the small town of Orosei. It is supposed to be close to the beach and some mountains. We're staying in what was once a factory, textiles I think, and now a hotel. It's quite nice, breakfast is very good. It's right in the center of town. We've a second floor suite, a balcony overlooking the courtyard and the street. One thing about Orosei, walking on the rough stone streets takes some getting used to.
 
View from our balcony      
We're in the small town of Orosei. It is supposed to be close to the beach and some mountains. We're staying in what was once a factory, textiles I think, and now a hotel. It's quite nice, breakfast is very good. It's right in the center of town. We've a second floor suite, a balcony overlooking the courtyard and the street. One thing about Orosei, walking on the rough stone streets takes some getting used to.
 
https://www.jamesgaston.ca/1686
 
 
Orosei and Cala Gonone.  21 October 2019.  Cala Gonone Italy Orosei Sardinia
 
 
 

Orosei seems a jumble of buildings in various states of repair/disrepair, which I guess could be said about any town in Sardinia. The streets are so narrow you best flatten yourself against the wall when you hear a car coming. To be fair the Italians, while they ignore stop signs, tailgate, and drive at double the speed limit, are very good at stopping for pedestrians. Almost as good as Canadians.

Today we drove out to the Orosei beach but not being beach people we then drove over the mountain, via a sequence of tight hairpins just made for a tiny Fiat, to the town of Cala Gonone which fronts a bit of rocky beach between steep rock cliffs. It's all very rugged and beautiful.

 
 
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The beach at Orosei      
If the skies weren't hazy you could see a mountain range in the distance. Cala Gonone, which we visited later in the day, is on the other side of these mountains.
 
The beach at Orosei      
If the skies weren't hazy you could see a mountain range in the distance. Cala Gonone, which we visited later in the day, is on the other side of these mountains.
 
The beach at Orosei      
If the skies weren't hazy you could see a mountain range in the distance. Cala Gonone, which we visited later in the day, is on the other side of these mountains.
 
Church in Orosei      
 
Church in Orosei      
 
Church in Orosei      
 
The pass to Cala Gonone      
The route we took to Cala Gonone is the definition of a hairpin road: a narrow paved path with corners so tight you'd not make it in a vehicle any larger than the average car.
 
The pass to Cala Gonone      
The route we took to Cala Gonone is the definition of a hairpin road: a narrow paved path with corners so tight you'd not make it in a vehicle any larger than the average car.
 
The pass to Cala Gonone      
The route we took to Cala Gonone is the definition of a hairpin road: a narrow paved path with corners so tight you'd not make it in a vehicle any larger than the average car.
 
Cala Gonone      
 
Cala Gonone      
 
Cala Gonone      
 
Old Fiat      
 
Old Fiat      
 
Old Fiat      
 
Cala Gonone      
 
Cala Gonone      
 
Cala Gonone      
 
Cala Gonone beach      
 
Cala Gonone beach      
 
Cala Gonone beach      
 
Yours truly taking photo      
 
Yours truly taking photo      
 
Yours truly taking photo      
 
It's hot today      
 
It's hot today      
 
It's hot today      
 
Orosei street      
Orosei is a maze of narrow, winding streets.
 
Orosei street      
Orosei is a maze of narrow, winding streets.
 
Orosei street      
Orosei is a maze of narrow, winding streets.
 
Canadian flour      
 
Canadian flour      
 
Canadian flour      
 
Pasta, pane carasau, and beer      
The day ended with tasty pasta. What's notable In the photo is the pane carasau (also called pane guttiau) on the right-most plate, which is a thin, crispy flatbread that seems to come with every meal in Sardinia.
 
Pasta, pane carasau, and beer      
The day ended with tasty pasta. What's notable In the photo is the pane carasau (also called pane guttiau) on the right-most plate, which is a thin, crispy flatbread that seems to come with every meal in Sardinia.
 
Pasta, pane carasau, and beer      
The day ended with tasty pasta. What's notable In the photo is the pane carasau (also called pane guttiau) on the right-most plate, which is a thin, crispy flatbread that seems to come with every meal in Sardinia.
 
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Around Orosei.  22 October 2019.  Italy Orosei Sardinia
 
 
 

We awoke to good election results from Canada. Otherwise we had a quiet day: we hung around town, ate at a couple of neighborhood restaurants, worked on our reading, and planned tomorrow's route to north west Sardinia.

 
 
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Sardinian flatbread      
This flatbread is served at every meal. It's said to have a very long shelf life.
 
Sardinian flatbread      
This flatbread is served at every meal. It's said to have a very long shelf life.
 
Sardinian flatbread      
This flatbread is served at every meal. It's said to have a very long shelf life.
 
Ubiquitous Sardinian flatbread      
 
Ubiquitous Sardinian flatbread      
 
Ubiquitous Sardinian flatbread      
 
Opening hours      
 
Opening hours      
 
Opening hours      
 
Looking out window of our hotel      
 
Looking out window of our hotel      
 
Looking out window of our hotel      
 
Hotel Albergo Diffuso Mannois      
 
Hotel Albergo Diffuso Mannois      
 
Hotel Albergo Diffuso Mannois      
 
Singer sewing machine      
The hotel Albergo Diffuso Mannois has a bit of a sewing machine theme going and this is one of the two in our suite.
 
Singer sewing machine      
The hotel Albergo Diffuso Mannois has a bit of a sewing machine theme going and this is one of the two in our suite.
 
Singer sewing machine      
The hotel Albergo Diffuso Mannois has a bit of a sewing machine theme going and this is one of the two in our suite.
 
https://www.jamesgaston.ca/1632
 
 
Orosei to Alghero.  23 October 2019.  Alghero Italy Sardinia
 
 
 
Alghero

Today we drove west from Orosei to Alghero. It should take about two hours though if you check google nav's "avoid highways" box it will take you somewhat longer.

Alghero is the third largest town on the island with about 45,000 residents. It's known for having a well-maintained old town and waterfront promenade. Like other Sardinian towns, Alghero is old, it has been occupied by humans since prehistoric times. But unlike the rest of Sardinia, many residents are descendants of Catalans and the Catalan language is recognized as an official language. Not that it matters to me as I speak neither Italian nor Catalan.

 
 
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On the road to Alghero      
 
On the road to Alghero      
 
On the road to Alghero      
 
It's cooled down to 18      
 
It's cooled down to 18      
 
It's cooled down to 18      
 
We're not in Oregon      
Filling up in Sardinia is largely a do it yourself affair, sometimes with no attendants at all.
 
We're not in Oregon      
Filling up in Sardinia is largely a do it yourself affair, sometimes with no attendants at all.
 
We're not in Oregon      
Filling up in Sardinia is largely a do it yourself affair, sometimes with no attendants at all.
 
Alghero waterfront +      
Alghero's waterfront features a many-kilometer-long promenade that wraps around the old walled city and extends far beyond. It is beautifully maintained and very popular with pedestrians.
 
Alghero waterfront +      
Alghero's waterfront features a many-kilometer-long promenade that wraps around the old walled city and extends far beyond. It is beautifully maintained and very popular with pedestrians.
 
Alghero waterfront +      
Alghero's waterfront features a many-kilometer-long promenade that wraps around the old walled city and extends far beyond. It is beautifully maintained and very popular with pedestrians.
 
Alghero centro storico      
This cafe-filled square is a few meters from our doorway.
 
Alghero centro storico      
This cafe-filled square is a few meters from our doorway.
 
Alghero centro storico      
This cafe-filled square is a few meters from our doorway.
 
Alghero waterfront      
 
Alghero waterfront      
 
Alghero waterfront      
 
Street musician      
His cello playing filled our apartment with beautiful music and drew us out to the street for a listen.
 
Street musician      
His cello playing filled our apartment with beautiful music and drew us out to the street for a listen.
 
Street musician      
His cello playing filled our apartment with beautiful music and drew us out to the street for a listen.
 
How to choose...      
 
How to choose...      
 
How to choose...      
 
https://www.jamesgaston.ca/1607
 
 
Around Alghero.  24 October 2019.  Alghero Italy Sardinia
 
 
 

Today we explored the old town. We wanted to climb the cathedral tower, which promised nice views of the town, and which according to our guidebook and the signs posted in the church was open from 4 to 7 in the afternoon, but the entrance was locked. We finally found someone in the church and were told it was closed.

 
 
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Kitchen table in our apt      
 
Kitchen table in our apt      
 
Kitchen table in our apt      
 
Street view from apt      
 
Street view from apt      
 
Street view from apt      
 
Alghero cathedral ++      
 
Alghero cathedral ++      
 
Alghero cathedral ++      
 
Catapults defend the old town      
 
Catapults defend the old town      
 
Catapults defend the old town      
 
Blue staircase +      
 
Blue staircase +      
 
Blue staircase +      
 
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Bosa in the rain.  25 October 2019.  Bosa Italy Sardinia
 
 
 

This morning we woke to a thunderstorm; it then pretty much rained all day. After a breakfast of cappuccinos and sweets we walked the few blocks to where we left the Fiat (tourists can't drive, much less park, in the old town) then we headed out of town to Bosa.

Bosa colours

Bosa is about an hour south of Alghero though if you drive like me it'll take a bit longer. The Mediterranean-hugging two-lane road comes with scenic ocean and mountain views and very little traffic. The landscape has hints of California, with scrubby plants clinging to the hillsides that tumble steeply to the sea. There are also remnants of wild fires, again like California.

Bosa is a small town, with about 8,000 people, known for its colourful buildings and its location on Sardinia's only navigable river. As soon as we arrived it was lunch time so we stopped for very good pizza. We then wandered the narrow streets and headed up the hill on foot to explore the castle and check out the views.

The 12th century castle gave us the views we wanted and also featured an old church with some colourful frescoes. We walked back down to town slowly and carefully as the streets are the usual for Sardinia slippery-when-wet smooth stones. After a few more photos we headed back to Alghero.

 
 
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View from drive to Bosa +      
 
View from drive to Bosa +      
 
View from drive to Bosa +      
 
Credit: Paul   Bosa street ++      
 
Credit: Paul   Bosa street ++      
 
Credit: Paul   Bosa street ++      
 
Bosa colours +      
 
Bosa colours +      
 
Bosa colours +      
 
Are Bosans short or is Paul a giant?      
 
Are Bosans short or is Paul a giant?      
 
Are Bosans short or is Paul a giant?      
 
Bosa street +      
 
Bosa street +      
 
Bosa street +      
 
Bosa as seen from castle      
 
Bosa as seen from castle      
 
Bosa as seen from castle      
 
Exploring the castle      
 
Exploring the castle      
 
Exploring the castle      
 
Bosa with castle overhead +      
 
Bosa with castle overhead +      
 
Bosa with castle overhead +      
 
Cannabis-o-mat      
At first glance I figured Sardinia had one-upped Canada--self-serve cannabis!--but no, the stuff they sell is very low in THC.
 
Cannabis-o-mat      
At first glance I figured Sardinia had one-upped Canada--self-serve cannabis!--but no, the stuff they sell is very low in THC.
 
Cannabis-o-mat      
At first glance I figured Sardinia had one-upped Canada--self-serve cannabis!--but no, the stuff they sell is very low in THC.
 
Cannabis dispenser      
 
Cannabis dispenser      
 
Cannabis dispenser      
 
Tonight's desserts      
We picked up a couple of pastries for a post-dinner treat. If only the cannabis-o-mat sold the high THC stuff.
 
Tonight's desserts      
We picked up a couple of pastries for a post-dinner treat. If only the cannabis-o-mat sold the high THC stuff.
 
Tonight's desserts      
We picked up a couple of pastries for a post-dinner treat. If only the cannabis-o-mat sold the high THC stuff.
 
https://www.jamesgaston.ca/1636
 
 
Hiking near Alghero.  26 October 2019.  Alghero Italy Sardinia
 
 
 

Our last full day in Alghero, and the halfway point in our travels. It is sunny and warm so we headed north in the Fiat, first to the lighthouse at Faro di Capo Caccia and then for a seven km hike to the point at Punta Giglio.

Alghero has been a delight. The old town is beautiful, whether out on the streets or sitting in a cafe on one of the many squares. The shops and cafes feature exposed stone and arched ceilings and pretty window displays. It is also well lit at night, with many streets having decorative birdcages hung overhead.

 
 
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Living room of our apt      
The apartment on via Carlo Alberto is spacious and comfortable and fully equipped. Great location, too, though the views are limited as the streets are so narrow.
 
Living room of our apt      
The apartment on via Carlo Alberto is spacious and comfortable and fully equipped. Great location, too, though the views are limited as the streets are so narrow.
 
Living room of our apt      
The apartment on via Carlo Alberto is spacious and comfortable and fully equipped. Great location, too, though the views are limited as the streets are so narrow.
 
Plaque in front of our apt      
 
Plaque in front of our apt      
 
Plaque in front of our apt      
 
View from SP55 to park      
 
View from SP55 to park      
 
View from SP55 to park      
 
Capo Caccia      
We drove out to this point, just north of town, with the intention of hiking to the lighthouse. We found it closed off, however, so we took a few photos and headed to another place to hike.
 
Capo Caccia      
We drove out to this point, just north of town, with the intention of hiking to the lighthouse. We found it closed off, however, so we took a few photos and headed to another place to hike.
 
Capo Caccia      
We drove out to this point, just north of town, with the intention of hiking to the lighthouse. We found it closed off, however, so we took a few photos and headed to another place to hike.
 
One old, one new      
One of many defensive towers that are sprinkled along the coast. We saw similar towers on the west coast of Corsica. This one is in the process of being restored.
 
One old, one new      
One of many defensive towers that are sprinkled along the coast. We saw similar towers on the west coast of Corsica. This one is in the process of being restored.
 
One old, one new      
One of many defensive towers that are sprinkled along the coast. We saw similar towers on the west coast of Corsica. This one is in the process of being restored.
 
Hike to Punta Giglio      
We hiked out to the rocky point called Punta Giglio and saw many war-related ruins along the way.
 
Hike to Punta Giglio      
We hiked out to the rocky point called Punta Giglio and saw many war-related ruins along the way.
 
Hike to Punta Giglio      
We hiked out to the rocky point called Punta Giglio and saw many war-related ruins along the way.
 
Watch tower at Punta Giglio      
 
Watch tower at Punta Giglio      
 
Watch tower at Punta Giglio      
 
Watch tower at Punta Giglio      
I climbed up and took a look around from the top of the lookout tower.
 
Watch tower at Punta Giglio      
I climbed up and took a look around from the top of the lookout tower.
 
Watch tower at Punta Giglio      
I climbed up and took a look around from the top of the lookout tower.
 
View from top of tower, Punta Giglio      
 
View from top of tower, Punta Giglio      
 
View from top of tower, Punta Giglio      
 
Art representing red coral +      
The local red coral is prized for its beauty and made into jewelry. The artist covered a side of a tower in Alghero's old town with a representation of the coral.
 
Art representing red coral +      
The local red coral is prized for its beauty and made into jewelry. The artist covered a side of a tower in Alghero's old town with a representation of the coral.
 
Art representing red coral +      
The local red coral is prized for its beauty and made into jewelry. The artist covered a side of a tower in Alghero's old town with a representation of the coral.
 
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Northeast to San Pantaleo.  27 October 2019.  Italy San Pantaleo Sardinia
 
 
 

Today we left Alghero and headed to northeast Sardinia, stopping along the way in colourful Castelsardo for lunch. The nav was still avoiding highways so we stuck to backroads. The drive was narrow roads and rolling hills with occasional views of a vineyard, some sheep, or a few cows.

Our destination, San Pantaleo, is a village of about 650 residents, which sounds really small, it's a third the size of Ulassai, yet it feels larger and wealthier thanks to the many restaurants, cafes, and art stores, though some are closed for the season. The town is less than a half hour drive from the resorts of the Costa Smeralda so it draws a wealthier clientele; Ulassai draws rock climbers and hikers and people who stay in RVs. There is even an electric-car charging station, the first we've seen in Sardinia. Like Ulassai, San Pantaleo is surrounded by jagged, rocky mountains that are tempting us to hike.

 
 
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Castelsardo +      
 
Castelsardo +      
 
Castelsardo +      
 
San Pantaleo +      
 
San Pantaleo +      
 
San Pantaleo +      
 
https://www.jamesgaston.ca/1608
 
 
Nuraghe La Prisgiona.  28 October 2019.  Italy San Pantaleo Sardinia
 
 
 

Today we visited Nuraghe La Prisgiona, an archaeological site near San Pantaleo. It was unearthed about twenty years ago and is one of many such sites spread around Sardinia.

The nuraghe is an ancient structure found in Sardinia and built between 1900 and 730 B.C. More than 7,000 have been found to date. The structure is somewhat conical in shape with a hole in the center and is made of three layers, two of rock and one of dirt. The surrounding area contains smaller circular structures as well as a cistern.

 
 
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Looking up in Nuraghe La Prisgiona +      
 
Looking up in Nuraghe La Prisgiona +      
 
Looking up in Nuraghe La Prisgiona +      
 
Paul in Nuraghe La Prisgiona      
 
Paul in Nuraghe La Prisgiona      
 
Paul in Nuraghe La Prisgiona      
 
Yours truly in Nuraghe La Prisgiona      
 
Yours truly in Nuraghe La Prisgiona      
 
Yours truly in Nuraghe La Prisgiona      
 
The plan of Nuraghe La Prisgiona      
The lower left shows the nuraghe as it appears today, the upper right as it is thought to appear when it was occupied.
 
The plan of Nuraghe La Prisgiona      
The lower left shows the nuraghe as it appears today, the upper right as it is thought to appear when it was occupied.
 
The plan of Nuraghe La Prisgiona      
The lower left shows the nuraghe as it appears today, the upper right as it is thought to appear when it was occupied.
 
The giant tomb      
The giant tomb at Coddu Vecchiu is a collective grave thought to hold the dead of a nearby village.
 
The giant tomb      
The giant tomb at Coddu Vecchiu is a collective grave thought to hold the dead of a nearby village.
 
The giant tomb      
The giant tomb at Coddu Vecchiu is a collective grave thought to hold the dead of a nearby village.
 
Up on the roof      
Getting to our apartment's roof top patio requires climbing a steep, narrow and winding staircase, something not recommended if you've been drinking.
 
Up on the roof      
Getting to our apartment's roof top patio requires climbing a steep, narrow and winding staircase, something not recommended if you've been drinking.
 
Up on the roof      
Getting to our apartment's roof top patio requires climbing a steep, narrow and winding staircase, something not recommended if you've been drinking.
 
View from apt's roof top patio      
 
View from apt's roof top patio      
 
View from apt's roof top patio      
 
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Isola Maddalena.  29 October 2019.  Isola Maddalena Italy Sardinia
 
 
 

Just north of San Pantaleo is the port of Palau where we took the ferry to Isola Maddalena. It's a fifteen minute ferry ride, just enough time to squeeze out of the car, climb the stairs to the passenger deck, snap a few photos, inhale some second-hand smoke, then head back down to the car in preparation for unloading.

Once on Isola Maddalena we headed out of the charming port town of La Maddalena to the perimeter road that circles the island. It is a beautiful island, a mix of orange-tinted rock, green vegetation (trees, scrub, and cactus), sandy beaches, and crystal clear water. We didn't get far as a car manufacturer, German is all they'd reveal, had taken over the road to film an advertisement. So we turned around, headed back towards town, then took a different route over the island.

 
 
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Palau to Isola Maddalena ferry      
 
Palau to Isola Maddalena ferry      
 
Palau to Isola Maddalena ferry      
 
Palau to Isola Maddalena ferry      
Here we are on the ferry, setting off from Palau. Our destination, Isola Maddalena, is visible in the distance.
 
Palau to Isola Maddalena ferry      
Here we are on the ferry, setting off from Palau. Our destination, Isola Maddalena, is visible in the distance.
 
Palau to Isola Maddalena ferry      
Here we are on the ferry, setting off from Palau. Our destination, Isola Maddalena, is visible in the distance.
 
Isola Maddalena      
 
Isola Maddalena      
 
Isola Maddalena      
 
Isola Maddalena      
 
Isola Maddalena      
 
Isola Maddalena      
 
Two Isola Maddalena ferries      
 
Two Isola Maddalena ferries      
 
Two Isola Maddalena ferries