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Day #129

Posted by Caz on Thursday, 8th May 2008

Day #129Title: Martis Falls
Location: Northern Sardinia
Camera: Canon EOS 30D / 24-105mm EF f/4 L IS USM
Notes: It was another hot day, my last on the island. So we packed a picnic and headed to Martis and this secluded waterfall. We found a huge fig tree by the banks of the pool and sat in its shade eating lovely local produce – smoked Riccotta, home made potato salad, focaccia, Sardo sausage, cherry tomato and onion salad, home made wine and some lovely little cakes from the bakery down the road. A very peaceful spot to relax before the journey home again – and one which isn’t much used by the locals – no idea why! See more pictures taken today.

Day #128

Posted by Caz on Wednesday, 7th May 2008

Day #128Title: Chiaramonti Sunset
Location: Northern Sardinia
Camera: Canon EOS 30D / 75-300mm EF f/4.5-5.6 IS USM
Notes: Went for a quiet walk around the Botanic Gardens in Cagliari this morning, then took a drive out to Capo di Pula to see the sea and palm trees jutting out on a little peninsula. Next it was on to the airport to pick up another friend before the 200 Km drive back north. For my last evening in Chiaramonti, I went up to the castle again and watched the sun set dramatically behind the surrounding hills, with the gentle clanking of bells for accompaniment, as the local sheep grazed the hillside below. See more pictures taken today.

Day #127

Posted by Caz on Tuesday, 6th May 2008

Day #127Title: Corinthian Columns
Location: Tharros, Western Sardinia
Camera: Canon EOS 30D / 24-105mm EF f/4 L IS USM
Notes: We ventured south today to explore a little more of the island. Heading for Cagliari, we took a detour near Oristano to the Capo San Marco where we stopped off at the Phoenician site at Tharros. It had rained heavily on the journey, but the sun eventually came out as we were wandering around the ruins. The thermal baths were nearby, and it must have been quite something to lie in one of them and look out at this view over 2,500 years ago. This was a peaceful part of the day, and a complete contrast to having to negotiate busy Cagliari in the evening rush hour to find our hotel! See more pictures taken today.

Day #126

Posted by Caz on Monday, 5th May 2008

Day #126Title: Harbour Reflections
Location: Alghero, Sardinia
Camera: Canon EOS 30D / 24-105mm EF f/4 L IS USM
Notes: Spent a lovely day exploring the north west corner of Sardinia today, with stops at a couple of ancient churches, a paddle at Cape del Falcone, drive around Porto Conte and rounding it off with dinner in Alghero. This was after we had eaten and decided to take a walk along the ramparts before heading back to the car. See more pictures taken today.

Day #125

Posted by Caz on Sunday, 4th May 2008

Day #125Title: Evening Sparkles
Location: Lago del Coghinas, Sardinia
Camera: Canon EOS 30D / 24-105mm EF f/4 L IS USM
Notes: We had a nice tour around the northern coast and inland to some of the hills today, doing about 100 Km in all. That might not sound very much, but it was plenty on the twisty, winding roads we had to negotiate! On the way back from the coastal town of Isola Rossa, we passed through the Valle della Luna and then onto a pretty little church by the side of a lake. This was one view of Lago del Coghinas before we got to the church. I liked the sparkles on the water and thought it made a good monochrome image. See more pictures taken today.

Day #124

Posted by Caz on Saturday, 3rd May 2008

Day #124Title: Festa di Santa Guista
Location: Chiaramonti, Sardinia
Camera: Canon EOS 30D / 24-105mm EF f/4 L IS USM
Notes: Practically the whole town turned out for the Festival of Santa Guista today. A few hundred locals gathered in the shade of the trees next to a church outside the town and spent the afternoon eating, drinking and making merry. We were invited along as guests of the Accorra family (friends of the friends we were visiting) and so we sat down to the feast of pasta, salad, mutton, potatoes, cakes, and home made wine. There were market stalls too, selling local produce, kids running round with waterpistols, men surreptitiously playing Burra (an illegal counting game only played when drunk), and everyone chatting merrily. Some of the more aventurous townsfolk also had a go at paragliding off the nearest big hill. All great for photos! This is Santa Guista herself, installed in the church before being paraded back into town in a convoy of cars and tooting horns. It was a lovely day out, and great to be involved in some real local customs; we were made to feel very welcome. See more pictures taken today.

Day #123

Posted by Caz on Friday, 2nd May 2008

Day #123Title: Lago di Casteldoria
Location: Northern Sardinia
Camera: Canon EOS 30D / 24-105mm EF f/4 L IS USM
Notes: We spent the first part of the day pottering around the little hilltop town of Chiaramonti, where we are spending the week. It’s an ancient settlement which has a ruined castle dating from the 12th Century, and the town is criss-crossed with tiny little backstreets, often very steep. The locals aren’t phased by trying to squeeze their Fiats through gaps you would worry about walking into. We were a little more cautious with the hire car! In the afternoon we went for a pleasant drive to the coast, along more winding mountain roads, to Castelsardo. Along the way, we stopped at a viewpoint over the Lago di Casteldoria and were treated to this lovely view of wild flowers growing above the lake. The bank was covered with poppies, daisies, roses and wild fennel, as well as numerous different grasses, which were being blown about in the breeze. See more pictures taken today.