Kate and Bron's Diary for 2002-09-27

Stayed the night in Sardinia

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From: "Bron Gondwana" <brong@brong.net>
Date: Thu, 3 Oct 2002 20:26:07 +1000 (EST)
Once again the 'free' breakfast was rather limited, though the bread was
fresh, and you could eat as much as you wanted. The tea and coffee were
good too. You could buy extras like fruit and cereal if you wanted.

Walked into Fertilia (down the one and only main street) and found a
shop that sold nice fruit and cheap bottled water. Everyone drinks
bottled water in Italy, and big bottles are quite cheap. There were
signs saying not to drink the tap water.

We wanted to get towels, because here was this nice beach, and us with
little bits of rubber that just don't cut it for lying on. Caught the
bus into Alghero and went to tourist info, who gave us lots of maps and
timetables and useful stuff. They were a very good tourist info - wish
everywhere was so organised.

Booked our ferry back at a travel agent, who said 'beds' but booked us
into seats. More about that later (we didn't realise at the time).

Found a couple of places that sold towels, the cheapest being a big
department store - but we wanted to check one other place. On the way,
we found a supermarket and had lunch. Lots of pretty walls along the
beach, so we relaxed a bit. When we got back, we discovered that
everything closes about 1pm, and doesn't re-open. Very crap. Walked back
through the old part of town, and saw lots of nice buildings, but
nowhere open and selling towels.

Caught the bus to Capo Caccio (North West of Alghero) where there are
600+ steps leading down to Neptune's Grotto - one of the most famous
limestone caves in Europe. The views from the steps were amazing, sea
crashing against the sides of the cliff. The steps themselves are an
amazing engineering feat.

When we got to the caves (not exactly cheap) we were rushed in to catch
the end of a tour group. We missed just about everything. Luckily we
managed to collar the guide on the way out, and she gave us the tour in
reverse. It was still all a bit quick, but very cool caves. They get a
lot of people through there. Climbing back up the steps was not quite so
nice as coming down. Had to wait an hour for the bus back, but at least
it dropped us in Fertilia.

Ate dinner in our room (very naughty, no food allowed in rooms) with
left-overs from lunch. Exhausted from all the walking.

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