Trip Start Jun 10, 2007
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Flag of Italy  , Sardinia,
Friday, September 5, 2008

So we spent about a day and a half in Basel as we flew out of there to Sardinia. It was nicer than we expected. It was like a Geneva but on a less ostentatious scale. It had a very nice old town filled with cafes and shops to keep the passersby occupied for close to eternity. An ok place in general but it is not too surprising that there seemed to be VERY few tourists about.
We had a nice quiet dinner in our room before catching our 6am flight to Cagliari in time to have breakfast at 9am. Cagliari is the capital of Sardinia, the most removed and unique of the Italian states. Sardinia is about 1000 years OLDER than Rome so you can imagine the history that they must have seen over the last 8000 years or so. It is a small island about the size of Newfoundland in the middle of the Mediterranean with a very laid back way of life. They seem to be oblivious to the few tourists that are around. They are quite friendly when we engaged them, but otherwise don't seem to care one way or another.
After dumping our bags at the hotel and scarfing some pizza for breakfast (this is Italy after all), we headed out to explore the town. The old town has a nice feel to it. Windy streets with cafes and shops stuck in any and all spots possible filled with locals conversing mostly with their hands. We went up to the top of the old town to the Bastione San Remy. It once formed part of the fortifications of Cagliari but now seems to be solely for hanging out and taking in the views of the sea and city. After a good walk-about and sampling some fabulous regional wine in our room that had a plastic covered mattress (again this is Italy of course), we headed to a terrace restaurant in the main square for some more pizza and a break from the 35-degree heat. Being in the Alps for the past year, we almost forgot what hot was really like. Checking the forecast, it seems that we won't soon forget.
The next day we headed out of the heat to a nearby beach. A day on the Spiaggia di Poetto is just what we needed. It was a beautiful spot and great day although we think the bodybuilding champion of Sardinia had to sit next to us. He couldn't have made some other guy look like the wimp. Why me?! I think there was good reason for it however. As I was returning from fetching us some sandwiches for lunch, I found myself searching through the sea of bronzed Italian bodies for the way back to our spot. Then, there it was, a glowing white light marked the way back for me like a beacon from the heavens. It was Megan in a bathing suit. It was like trying to find me at a hobbit convention. After a few hours of baking in the sun, we called it a day.
Our last day we headed to the Museo Archeologico Nazionale. With 8,000 years of history we had to at least check some of it out. The museum has an incredible collection of artifacts, mostly made of bronze, that represent many of the different ages that helped shape the island into what it is today. Although the museum seemed a bit scattered and not very organized, we got the point. Sardinia has seen its fair share of history. Cagliari is a wonderful place and we have only been able to scratch the surface. We hope to return some day and explore the interior that is said to be dramatically beautiful.
But for now, we are off to catch our Mediterranean cruise with its next port of call in Sicily. Actually we are catching the overnight ferry to Palermo. We are quite certain that this ship won't have an all-you-can-eat buffet.
Megan and Kevin
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