Sunday, May 22, 2016

Sardinia in a Day

I was very much looking forward to this part of our trip, even though it meant we were so close to it all being over! I was born and raised in San Diego, CA for the first part of my life and one of my best friends was Christina. We ended up moving to New York and she ended up back in Italy where her mom is from and for many years we lost contact. Thanks to social media however we reconnected awhile ago and it has been so fun to see her get married, go on cool trips, etc. all via instagram and facebook :-). When Mike and I started planning this trip Christina was my own personal travel agent that I could turn to with any questions I had and I was so excited to see her and her city of Cagliari in person!!!
We arrived late the night of the 22nd and it was so crazy to walk off the plane and see Christina and Enrico standing there! After a little drive around we headed to their place and talked a bit before turning in for the night. It really is surreal to see pictures of somewhere you have never been for so long and then to suddenly be there! Being in their cute house with their cat...it was nuts.
The next day we packed it in! We only had one full day with them and they really were the best hosts ever!!!! We went up to the top of a hill to eat a yummy breakfast by a castle overlooking the water. We also got to go inside a home that their friend recently purchased and as they have been doing work inside of it they have found all kinds of amazing historical artifacts! Renovating anywhere in Italy probably takes forever for this reason...you never know what you will find!
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where everyone was sitting to eat while I took those pictures...so dreamy
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this old gate was amazing!!!
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From there we headed north on the island to go see the Nuraghe ruins. These ruins are 3500 years old and only exist on the island of Sardinia! Some information on the history can be found HERE and HERE. I can't believe we have never heard of them before! The structures are amazing and so well thought out. The way they stacked the rocks perfectly reminded us of Machu Picchu and I am so glad we got to go see them. The tour was in Italian so Christina translated for us and then we had time to walk around them a bit before heading back to Cagliari.
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the ruins were located in the middle of this gorgeous countryside!
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the only picture of the 4 of us thanks to Mike's selfie stick skills :-)!
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Next stop was lunch at Frontemare, one of my favorite meals of the trip! The seafood anti pasti was amazing and it was GORGEOUS! I wish I had taken pictures of each dish with my real camera too and not just my phone. The restaurant itself was also very pretty and right on their gorgeous beach. Sardinia really is an amazing place to live because it has a little of everything! I'm ready to move ;-)!
We were able to sneak in a quick visit with Christina's mom, Rosalia, who hadn't seen me since I was a little girl. It was so fun!!! In that moment I really really wished my mom could be there with us! Hopefully they can be reunited sometime as well!
We walked along the boardwalk, had more delicious gelato, drove to the top of a mountain for more amazing views of the city and then went home to rest up for our dinner...a Sardinian feast!
This was another highlight of the trip! We met up with their good friends who were so so nice and ate dinner Italian style...late ;-). The restaurant, Principi di Dan, features the best of what Sardinia has to offer. Whatever a certain region is famous for they go there to get it and have it on their menu. We had course after course of yummy food! The meats and cheeses were amazing and then the main course was a roasted piglet. I even tried some brain after Christina told me how she loved it. I didn't love it, but I tried it ;-)!
We had to leave first thing the next morning to fly on to our next stop, so our visit was over much too soon but I'm so glad we had the time we did! Christina was sick but made the best of it and still ensured we had the best time while we were there and Enrico was so sweet, I'm so glad we got to meet him. On our next visit we need to bring our kids and stay longer so we can enjoy their little piece of heaven even more!
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things I didn't know I loved until this beautiful meal...octopus and raw tuna
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the top of a watchtower sticking out of the water
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oh, take me back to this moment!
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when we were little and now :-)
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all the dots in the water are flamingoes!
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Mike left his laptop cord at our hotel in Rome and we lucked out when he found a replacement at the first shop we stopped in!
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randoms from the day...Mike taking down our laundry, our gelato, my breakfast pizette, Cagliari at night and inside an old church was an opera performance that was quite good.
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Meanwhile back at home, Ella rocked it a swim meet. She spent the night with her swimming bestie Meghan and they took her to the meet. Nana and Grandad stopped by to cheer her on for a bit though. It was weird to have completely missed a big day for her!
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