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Sardinia

sunny 28 °C

Tinkling of bells from herds of goats was one of the memorable parts of our walk through Sardinia. We began with a 12 km practice walk up around the hills of Santa Lusurgiu but after scrambling through brambles, climbing over dry stone walls and becoming absolutely bushed, we were more than a little concerned for the next 85 km ! As it turned out, we were champion navigators! 22 km descending from rugged alpine surroundings through thick forests with baby wild boar skittering in our path and finally arriving at Santa Caterina. Etched into my mind was an image of us, standing exhausted on our balcony absorbing the awe inspiring view. The next few days were spent exploring 70km coastline of the Sinis peninsular. We walked along majestic limestone cliffs, white sandy beaches and through fields bordered with wild flowers, so many wild flowers. My highlight was peeling off my walking gear to plunge into the azure sea. Pure delight, even Stewart joined me in this pursuit, it doesn't get better than that ! The sand was ground from quartz, the water clear blue and the sun hot, which led to the most challenging aspects of the walk. At times of the day and in temperatures you wouldn't dream of tacking in Aus, we were stoically picking our way through brambles and stumbling next to salt pans with no shade. Guzzling water and wearing appropriate gear ( the scarf I bought for Amsterdam's Queens day made a great cape) we did what we could by dipping in the sea or stopping in a cafe. But often we just had to tough it out. Ah the challenges of adventure holidays !
Sardinian people are proud of their food, for good reason. The produce is so fresh and the combination of ingredients simple. Tomato and fresh ricotta/ bocconcini, smoked meats, delicious prosciutto,mouth watering Pecarino and so much seafood. Our last evening, spent in the beautiful city Cagliari, was in a unique restaurant called Dr Ampex. Jean Paul, an ex doctor, brings you his selection of Sardinian delights combinations of flavours that rocked my world. So on top of this and his entertaining banter we met the loveliest French whom with we laughed ourselves silly and decided to meet when we arrive in Paris. The pleasure of travel.

Posted by Pips trip 06:07 Archived in Italy

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