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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 d

From Sorrento we did the backward march west toward Sardinia via Ponza again and Ventotene where we took on fuel for the trip across the Tyrrenian Sea. The fuel dock had 3m of water next to the sheer rock wall but at a stern-to mooring we swayed around worryingly as the massive car ferries came barrelling into the tiny port to offload tourists to this out of the way island. 140Nautical Miles across to the Eastern coast of Sardinia where I missed Brett going past Isola di Tavolara by possibly ten minutes so only saw the white side of his...

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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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Aug 11, 2013 - Cagliari - day off

With the last guest leaving this morning and a day up my sleeve I decided on taking a bus tour of the city. We have made our way to Sardegna and as we pulled into the lee of the island from across the Tyrrenian Sea, the boss decided on a clockwise circumnavigation. We took off South along the East Coast and stopped in a town called Arbatax for a night, no real need to return as you can imagine the dusty abandoned rail tracks with the overpowering smell of cat and human urine permeating the heavy humid air, even at 10pm as we went in search...

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Sep 19, 2012 - entry 4

9-19-12 Palau, Sardinia We arrived and anchored in a harbor outside of Palau, Sardinia after a 125-mile venture. Spent all day on the boat, much of the time spent learning more about scuba diving. Tomorrow is our first dive. It is beautiful here, however quite windy. It is supposed to get up to 25 knots tonight but I have the night off of anchor watch so I’m going to utilize the time spent to catch up on sleep. I’ve found that days aboard the Argo are long. Having been on the boat for over 48 hours now, I am longing to step aground. It...

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Jun 12, 2012 - June 8-12....Cagliari and the southern coast!

June 8th I arrived in Cagliari early and took a cab to the citte centro...I had scoped out some hotels, and had the driver stop at the Mire Mare B&B. The guy was nice and the place was very eclectic. It was a bit pricey for the accomodations, but I was tired, chose a room and 1/2 way settled in. I got a map, some city info and walked the streets a bit. Cagliari is a huge city, and because I steer away from the "New York" feeling, I researched info on the surrounding areas. On my walk, I noticed another hotel I had seen on Booking.com and...

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Nov 14, 2011 - off the tourist track

We’ve never been to Sardinia before and one brief visit doesn’t make us experts, but our stop here today was to an island that is busy living life rather than catering to tourists. The fact that it only gets about ten cruise ship visits a month rather than eight a day like in Malta could be a factor. This second largest island in the Mediterranean is about as close to France as it is to Italy. While locals speak Italian today, it has some French mixed in and the original local language Sardon is the closest to ancient Latin of any living...

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