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Nov 29, 2020 - Next leg towards leaving the Med....

Thoughts from next passage Cagliari - Portugal Got into Cagliari at 04:45 after a 110 hour passage of which nearly 60% was under sail. Spent 5 days in Sardinia, 3 in the marina (del Sole) where we completed some vital provisioning / projects / cleaning and buying spares. Two days were at anchor (one being at a beautiful anchorage 30mile west of Cagliari and the other off Carloforte). Underway we had strong winds and pretty short sharp swell. Lots of nose diving for a while. Thankfully we had the bemini up which helped keep us relatively...

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Sep 25, 2018 - Cagliari

Cagliari, the capital city of Sardinia was our focus today and also the focus of two large cruise ships in the harbour so some sites were very crowded. Cagliari is built on seven hills and our first stop was to view the city from a height looking one way to the city buildings, the other way toward the lagoon which used to be used for salt harvesting but is now a haven for water birds. The Archaeological Museum is in a relatively new complex of museums including one of the art of Siam (Thailand) and a museum of wax anatomical models dating...

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Sep 24, 2018 - Nora and the S.W. coast

Today we headed to Nora an archaeological site about 40 k south west of Cagliari. The site was discovered only in 1951. It is situated on a peninsula with three different bays so would have been ideal for shipping and shelter and it was here that the Phoenicians and then the Romans established settlements. Over time with the encroaching sea destroying buildings and sand blowing the site was completely covered. Today a number of archaeological teams from various Italian universities were working uncovering areas and collecting the dirt and...

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Sep 23, 2018 - A day of heights and on to Sardinia

Another full day and now we have arrived in Sardinia. This morning we set off to be at the site of a Doric Temple in Segesta an archaeological site outside Palermo. The temple was never finished and was only started because the local people had appealed to Athens for help in a conflict with Siracusa and the temple was started to impress the Athenians. They in turn were quite happy to help as they were interested in gaining Siracusa. The twenty years of work begun BC remain today and nearby is a Roman Ampitheatre built high in the hills. We...

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Apr 26, 2018 - Cagliari, Sardinia Italy

History: Cagliari the capital of Sardinia and the city that was carved out of limestone actually gleams in the Sardinia sun. One fifth of Sardinia’s land is used for agriculture producing tomatoes, Artichokes, citrus fruits, olives and wine. Cork oak trees are prevalent which is convenient for bottling wine and olive oil. Great little country with a fun capital. Streets are paved in cobblestone and so small one car can barely pass through them, full of shops, restaurants and sweet shops. Flamingos live here year around so wonderful, loved...

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Apr 26, 2018 - Caligari, Sardinia – Italy’s southern Island

Today is another Mediterranean Island, Sardinia. Much bigger than Malta at 150 miles long and 60 miles wide. Just a tad smaller than Sicily. It too has along history of many conquers (or Conqueeries as our guide says) over the past thousands of years. Official languages are Italian and Sardo (Don’t call it a dialect). The city is built mostly from the local white limestone but is much more colorful than Malta was. We are just doing the included tour, Caligari Panorama. Bus tour of the town, stopping at the Basilica of Our Lady of Bonaria...

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Mar 5, 2018 - Cagliari: Sardinia

We zig-zagged our drive south to explore as much as possible of the Sardinian landscape and were well rewarded. The small towns and villages were always interesting but it was the countryside that had our attention. Not overly spectacular but green, undulating farmland with plenty of sheep and the ever present rocks. The main attraction of the drive was a slight detour to an excavation site at Tamuli to explore the remains of a stone village with it's ceremonial areas and tombs dating back to the Nuragic Age between 1900 and 730 BCE. We...

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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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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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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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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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