Islands of the Western Mediterranean travel blog

Wall mural of a shepherd. The mountain villages are primarily the homes...

Shapes moulded from a salted bread dough. These are Easter shapes

The costume very similar to that worn by the women last night

Remains of Roman boats

Last night held a couple of surprises. Our hotel was a ski lodge so my room had four beds, some had six.

Our meal was plentiful and designed for apr├Ęs ski appetites. An antipasti platter per person held four different meats, two cheeses plus grilled veg and olives. Next course very ample servings of pasta of two varieties, next course suckling pig, wild boar and potatoes, next course two very light pastries holding cheese. Then came a serve of a home made drink - choice of grappa or a mint flavoured fortified wine. Then an invitation to the lounge for a dance performance. One man, two ladies accompanied by a chap playing an accordion danced traditional dances. They were dressed in the costumes of the local area and we were told that today such costumes cost 1500 euros.

Today we travelled on from Fonni picking up our guide, Sylvia, in Nuoro where we toured the Ethnographic Museum. Here the displays were excellent and I could certainly have spent more time there. The museum is relatively new and only in the last month they have added audio guides which would have been very good if we'd not had a guide. Lunch and then Sylvia took us for a walk around the back streets to areas where local artists are honoured including the sculptor Kriss had spoken of and a woman who won the Nobel prize for Literature.

The drive on to Olbia brought us down to sea level with the temperature gradually rising to about 24 so very pleasant to view firstly a Romanesque Church and then an exhibit at the Archaeological Museum. About 20 years ago a tunnel was being built in Olbia and work stopped when the remains of a number of Roman ships were found. The ships had apparently been set on fire and then sunk in order to form a port. The remains have been collected and preserved and are now on display.

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