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Europe » Italy » Sardinia » Alghero August 6th 2019

We still can’t quite believe that we drove an hour to get to La Pelosa Beach yesterday (and it was a truly stunning beach), but we then had to turn around and come back again because we couldn’t find a square millimetre of unoccupied sand to lay our towels on. Issy reminds me that we walked about ten kilometres along a pristine sand beach about an hour from home last summer, without seeing a single other human being. We make a note to remember to never again take our Aussie beaches for granted. We discuss some other observations we’ve made about life here. We’ve seen lots of Italian parents here with children of other races, who we assume must be adopted. You hardly ever see this back home, and we understand that Aussie adoption laws are ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Sardinia » Alghero August 4th 2019

We’re still trying to work out what our accommodation, the Starry Sky Charming House, really is. Mr Google says it’s a four star hotel, but it clearly isn’t because it doesn’t have any hotel facilities. It does have hotel size rooms, but they’re jammed into an apartment block, and are certainly way too small to be called apartments. The establishment itself refers to itself as a guest house, but it’s not a house, and the only guest houses I’ve ever stayed in have at least had a lounge, a bar, a reception area and a restaurant, and it certainly doesn’t have anything even vaguely resembling any of of those. We decide to settle for “boarding house”; for which we’re paying four star hotel prices. I’ve decided that I need to try to stop thinking about our ... read more
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Neptune’s Grotto
Steps up the cliff from Neptune’s Grotto

Europe » Italy » Sardinia » Alghero August 1st 2019

Our accommodation is a bit unusual, and that’s being kind. It was very hard to find when we arrived here late last night; the last thing the GPS said as we approached it from a few different directions was “enter the roundabout”, and then .... silence. It’s called “Starry Sky Charming House”, but it’s not a house, it’s a collection of small hotel type rooms in an apartment block. It’s not really all that charming either, and the ”Starry Sky“ is a rather odd collection of tiny blue lights in the bathroom ceiling that you can turn on if you want to feel like you’re under the stars, although I think you’d also need to have ingested a fair quantity of hallucinogenic substances if you really wanted to feel that way. The owners seem to be ... read more
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Keeping the music going on the Alghero waterfront

Europe » Italy » Sardinia » Alghero July 31st 2019

Today we have a long day of travelling to Alghero in Sardinia. Our train looks like it goes straight from Tours to the Paris airport, so we won‘t have to endure any of the Paris stations. This is a good thing. We’d heard that Gare du Nord is generally regarded as one of the most dangerous places in Paris. When we went through it last week it seemed to be well populated with some fairly desperate looking types of every race, colour and creed. One man wanted well over a hundred dollars to take us about five kilometres in a taxi, and I’m pretty sure someone tried to pick my pocket as we hauled our luggage around in the searing heat. Montparnasse station wasn’t much better. We sat down to have a drink and a snack ... read more

Europe » Italy » Sardinia » Alghero November 18th 2014

Rano pobalenie, check out bez problemov, odovzdanie kluciku, zaplatenie hotela + utraty v restike a smer hlavna cesta. V hoteli maju prehistoricky vytah, gombiky ala roky sedemdesiate. Z hotela sme vypadli uz o 8/00, bus siel 8/31. Pri mori na lavicke sme si dali mini ranajky, posledny krat sme sa pozreli uz na kludne more, s belasou oblohou bez vetra a sup ho zastavit bus ALFA. Na zastavke pri pizzerii/restauracii quarte sail na via g.garibaldi mavame na bus, ten zastavuje na ceste, nejde na vybezok co je pre nho urceny,sak naco auta obidu, pockaju. Cvakam listky, bus je dost plny, vsetci nastupovali na konecnej. Cestou na letisko za mesteckom Fertilia po pravej strane vidime sardinske gheto. Rozbombardovane domy, bordel. Proste cigani. Na letisku sa nic neda robit, predrazena restika, dopijame vodu,securit kontrola. Mali na haku, ziadne ... read more

Europe » Italy » Sardinia » Alghero November 17th 2014

Rano to moc ruzovo nevyzeralo, stale dazd a silny vietor. Vylet do Porto Conterusime, nahradny plan je nakupovanie a tulanie sa po algheru (stare mesto pozname uz naspamat). Dazd trochu ustal tak podme ho na talianske ranajky do baru. Po par metroch sa opat pusta dazd, nasi nasadzuju biele prsiplaste. Vypadaju jak dve spermie. Miname par kaviarniciek/barov plnych ranajkujucich talianov. Zacina mensi nakupny osial, zastavujeme sa v cinskom obchode. Obkukanie kabeliek, nakup magnetiek. Dalsi cinsky obchod a zas to iste. Na ulici nas oslovuju cernosi nech si kupime umbrelu (daznik). Nie su doterny, raz sa spytaju a idu dalej. Zakotvujeme na piazza sulis v kaviarnicke kde to bolo vcere preplnene talianmi. Teraz uz sme tu len my a este jeden par. Objednavame capucina a k tomu croasant, buchticku a sisku. Miriam je konecne spokojna ma prave ... read more

Europe » Italy » Sardinia » Alghero November 16th 2014

V noci zistene, ze moja postel je trocha mala, ked som sa natiahol tak mi trochu trcali nohy. Rano odovzdanie klucika na recepciii a smer mestecko Fertilia. Vcera sme hladali supermakret jak blazni a pritom jeden sme mali hned za rohom hotela. Nabiehame do Sigmy (roh via g.spano a via asfodelo), kupujeme ranajky a nieco na cestu. Bereme 6ks 0,5l vod (nestle). Sok, su lacnejsie nez u nas, neaky syr, salam,kinder pinguin (taktiez lacnejsi) a este pecivo. Salam nam pekne nakrajali a krasne ulozili. Rozlozili ho na cely papier, dve vrstvy., ktore oddelili dalsim papierom. U nas sa s tym neseru, nakrajaju nakopu a zmotaju. Skoda,ze obsluha nevedela anglicky, sme chceli neaky super salam ale nakoniec i tento bol fajnovy. Miriam plati visa kartou. Debil som nezobral batoh, tak kupujeme igelitku za 0,50 €. Teraz ju ... read more

Europe » Italy » Sardinia » Alghero November 15th 2014

Rano prebehlo rychle balenie do mojho vodneho mini vaku z laosu. Obsah rifle, ponozky,trenky, tricko, kniha. Mamina so sestrou sa prekvapivo zbalili len do jedneho kufra, ktory splna limity ryanairu, takze sa moze zobrat hore na palubu. Nasadame do auta, feri velky vodic, hadam nas neodveze miesto do ba na letisko sliac. Cesta prebehla bez problemov. Zastavujeme pred priletovou halou, mami si dava cigaretku, vyprevadzame feriho a mozme ist smer odbavovacia hala. Pred priletovou halou sa da gratis stat 15.min, ostatne parkoviska dovoluju len 5.min. Pred prichodom na parkovisko sa stlaci gombik, vylezie papierik s ciarovym kodom, otvori sa zavora, zaparkuje sa, vylozia sa cestujuci. Pri odchode sa zasunie papierik, zdvihne sa zavora a fiju smer mesto. Na letisku sme sa hned prepravili do duty free zony (ceny vysoke). Bratislavske letisko je zname svojim excelentnym securit ... read more

Europe » Italy » Sardinia » Alghero May 13th 2014

Geo: 40.558, 8.3222GÜN 13 GÜNLERDEN SALI : Dün gece, tek bir komando sivrisinek, gecemi teslim aldı.Erken uyandık.Kahvaltıdan sonra, günümüzü kişisel bakım ve güzelleşmeye ayırdık.Ellere ve ayaklara bakımlar yapıldı.Jetonla çalışan, harika bir duşta, yorgunluklar atıldı..Bilaharare, giyinip kuşanıp, çok yakında yer alan şehre gittik.Araca park yeri bulduk. Sahilde gezinirken, PONDO diye bir yerde, herkesin papuç kadar ekmekler yediklerini gördük.Biz zaten ekmeğin bol olduğu bir yerden geliyoruz .Hiç dolduruşlara gelmeden, efendi gibi deniz mahsüllerini tercih ettik .İyi ki de öyle yapmışız.... güzel bir ziyafet oldu.Yemekten sonra şehri... read more
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Europe » Italy » Sardinia » Alghero May 12th 2014

Geo: 40.558, 8.3222GÜN 12 GÜNLERDEN HALA PAZARTESİ:Yola çıktık ve Alghero diye bir yere vardık . Kampınız, kentin hemen girişinde ,çok güzel ve çok temiz bir yer.. Hemen yerleştik ve kahvelerimizi höpürdettik..Akşam üzeri keşif maksadıyla, çok yakın olan şehre gittim..Şehir ,daha çok İspanyol etkisinde kalan bir kent Halkın büyük bölümü katalanca konuşuyor..Şehir'de görülecek yer çok … - Palazzo Çarçassona.· Alghero Kathedrali (Santa Maria İmmacolata di Alghero Katedrali): Yapımına başlangıç 1570; açılması 1593; tamamlanıp takdis edilmesi 1730. İlk yapımı ... read more
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