10.04.2011 - 18.04.2011 14 °C
Early morning upon arriving to Sardinia
First ocean view on the road to the house
A fine example of Sardinian architecture
Many nice fences too
Spring wildflowers everywhere
Road signs that require all manner of interpretation
And local cats
Welcome to the island of Sardinia, Italy! Sardinia is a wild and amazing place, which you are about to see for yourselves.
Claire, Eric, Fanette and I traveled to Sardinia for a "work trip" to prepare the family house for renters, a group of people who have been coming twice a year for the past several years to fish. Apparently there isn't a lot of fishing in the summer during the high tourist season, so the very serious fisher people have to come here during the off-season. And I can tell you why there weren't many tourists - it was FREEZING most of the time we were there! Like the New England coast in the springtime, I suppose.
Thus this was not a vacation per se, but a very serious work trip! Not a lot of time for sightseeing, as there was lots to do in preparation for our guests. Nevertheless, I took about 400 photos during the nine days we were there! Quelle surprise! Sardinia is absolutely gorgeous!
The house is next to the Valle dell'Erica Resort on the northern coast of Sardinia, facing the southern tip of Corsica, between the towns of Santa Teresa di Gallura and Palau. On a very clear day, you can see Bonifacio and the nearby Îles Lavezzi, as well as the Sardinian island of Maddalena, the site of a former Unites States Naval base that closed in 2008.
A view from above
Looking down at the house… beautiful ocean and islands in the distance
Recently, street signs appeared on all the little streets… this one named rather originally after the resort
The family house
The view from our room
A sailboat in the distance
From the rooftop facing west, you can see very beautiful, green landscapes…
It won't be nearly this green in the summertime
Beautiful blooming cactuses with pink flowers everywhere
Such great color!
Ok, time to get to work! We spent most of our time cleaning, painting, and making minor repairs, and doing a little gardening and lots of watering.
Eric painting the chimney - nice suit!
While I did some gardening
Time to plant the basil now for buffalo mozzarella, tomato and basil sandwiches in the summer
Eric installed a new storage bin for Fanette's food
Fanette really likes her new food bin
Claire and Eric hanging up a new hammock by the house
Of course it was necessary to try out the hammock to make sure it worked
Looks like the hammock seats three quite comfortably
The view above from the hammock - a day of blue skies
Quit goofing around, Fanette!
Yes, as part of our "work" duties, we also took time to play with Fanette, who really loves the ocean breeze and digging in the sand and dried seaweed. Posidonia, an endemic sea grass of the Mediterranean, piles up on the shore after the plants shed their leaves in the fall. This material is not exactly good for beach ambiance, but it is good for preventing sand erosion. And it also gives Fanette some excitement on the shoreline.
Time to head to the beach
Swim at your own risk!
Fanette found a very big stick, which she carried around for awhile
Fanette was not interested in giving up her stick
Here's a video of Fanette carrying her big stick
Fanette got so dirty at the beach that we gave her a bath!
We went to Santa Teresa di Gallura on market day. Lots of local sausages and cheese for sale, especially the famous Sardinian Pecorino Romano and Pecorino Sardo. About 80% of Italian Pecorino is made in Sardinia, where the sheep supposedly outnumber the residents. There is even a lovely local delicacy called cazu marzu, made by introducing cheese fly larvae during the production stage. Yum!
Local meats and cheeses for sale
The post office with the line out the door (note to self, don't ever go to the Italian post office on market day)
Street near the town square in Santa Teresa di Gallura
Coral jewelry display
Before we left town, we stopped by the port - and found the Love Boat!
Market Day soup
Cute little ricotta pastries for dessert
Life with Fanette makes dealing with a slow "island time" internet connection much easier
Time for a fire
Fanette rock paintings
On one of our last days there, we went for a long walk on the rocks, and found all kinds of interesting treasures.
Rocks near "Big Beach"
Beautiful lichen adorn the rocks in the springtime
A sea sculpture - two rocks that looked just like a seal and a walrus
Jellyfish covered in sand
Stick in a little river
Pretty holly berries
Eric with a view of the house and Valle dell'Erica Resort in the background
Not exactly ripe
Wild cork oak
Sea glass and other treasures
A new walking stick, slightly bent but perfectly polished
Eric on "Little Beach"
Is he seriously in the water?! Brrrrr!
One night, we caught a particularly amazing sunset. Here are a few of the many photos I took that evening. There is never a shortage of amazing, natural, and wild things to see in Sardinia.