Not all roads lead to Rome

Trip Start Jun 12, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Italy  , Sardinia,
Saturday, September 26, 2009

As we're starting our descent into Cagliari airport, there is one word to describe the view - Bella! It's beautiful. Sometimes you picture a place in your mind and it doesn't turn out to be what you expected, well this was everything I'd pictured and perhaps more.

Have you ever heard the saying 'all roads lead to Rome'?  Well on Sardinia all roads lead to Sestu!

We picked the hire car up at the airport and then spent the next couple of hours driving in and around Cagliari looking for a road in the right direction - and it didn't seem to matter which road we took or which direction we went in - we ended up back in Sestu. I've seen more of that small town than anyone ever had a right to!!

Eventually we found the right road, or at least a road that finally took us away. By this time it was late afternoon and we hadn’t had any food since about 6am, so we needed to find somewhere to fill John’s belly – he’s easy to keep happy – a man of simple needs, but he turns into a monster if not fed!!

We come across a small pizzeria, so we pull up and go inside – this is where I remember reading before we came that the south of Sardinia does not yet have a beaten tourist path – certainly not for English speakers and right now our phrase book is sitting, rather uselessly, at the bottom of our luggage in the boot of the car. I recognise a few words and order a mushroom pizza, but the waiter tells me "no pizza", which was quite odd in a pizzeria, but hey ho.  Given that I didn’t understand anything else on the menu there was no point in deliberating about it, so I point to the first thing on it and decide I’ll just have a surprise – only the man tells me “you no like” and proceeds to talk to me in Italian, I just shrug my shoulders and say “Okay” – he’s happy and off he goes.   A while later he returns with a dish of pasta, a tomato based sauce with bits of meat in it – fine, no problem, its really nice.

After eating we go in search of our accommodation – which is a converted monastery. I’ve really been looking forward to coming here and I wasn’t disappointed. We drop our bags and go and investigate the grounds.  It’s peaceful and tranquil, exactly what we wanted.
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sianeth on

I love...
...that you stayed in a monastery - it looks fantastic aswell!

travelmonster on

Re: I love...
It was brill, very peaceful, I loved it!!

travelmonster on

Re: beer
Beer? Not me, I don't drink alcohol.

Maybe you mean the beer bottles in the cat pictures? Those aren't mine - I just thought the cat looked so cute curled up there I took photos of him.

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