Monday, May 21, 2012

Italy: Spring 2012: Saturday, May 12: Day 18: Alghero


Italy: Spring 2012: Saturday, May 12: Day 18: Alghero

Yet another beautiful morning....I take a walk before breakfast to explore all the "nooks and crannies" of the hotel grounds and to take a closer look at the Spanish tower and small lighthouse (faro) next to the hotel.

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At breakfast we discuss plans--Grotto del Nettuno, nuraghe Palmavera--for the day but it looks like this may well be a "vacation from the vacation" day.  Franco and Maureen rent a double kayak and set out for Capo Caccia, the high promontory at the head of the bay.

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A couple of hours later, they return triumphant.

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Meanwhile the "landlubbers" remain at the hotel....working, reading, quilting and periodically scanning the horizon for the kayakers.

When they return, they have a swim and we go out in search of sandwiches for lunch, which we find at a bar on the very crowded beach across the bay.  We sit in the sun and eat and then the kayakers have a rest while we get in the car and drive to Capo Caccia.

It is another stunning drive with beautiful views and steep precipices

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Dinner tonight is at an agriturismo, Sa Mandra, which is near the airport.  Our first impression is not favorable--large parking lot, big playground for kids and a wedding party--but all turns out fine.  Everyone gets the same food which is terrific and plentiful...we have lots of salume and cheeses, an excellent fregola dish (the Sardinian pasta that looks like Israeli couscous) and moist and crisp roast pig.  Franco and I enjoy the cordula....lamb intestines served with peas.  A very nice evening....

An easy drive back to the hotel....tomorrow we will have an early birthday lunch for Diana, drop off Maureen and Franco at the airport and then drive to Olbia for our ferry back to the mainland.

Jim and Diana

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