Monday, June 14, 2010



"DESTINATION SARDINIA - With an area of 23,821 square km, Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, after Sicily. It is situated between 38° 51' and 41° 15' latitude north, which means that the southern part of the island is just north of Lisbon (38º 44')"

"CALA GONONE - The main seaside town in the municipality of Dorgali, Province of Nuoro, Gulf of Orosei in Sardinia, had 1,279 inhabitants in 2007"

"GULF OF OROSEI - The Gulf is a stunning place. If you believe in publicity, just read this: «Are there uncontaminated beaches in the Mediterranean Sea? Are there dream places even far from Caribbean? Of course! You can find them in Sardinia! The Gulf of Orosei is probably the most fascinating area of the Island and it is ready to offer you all its splendour and all the colours, scents and sensations that only few beaches in the world can boast». Enough? ;)"

"HOTEL WITH A VIEW - The Villa Gustui Maris has some terrific views towards the Gulf"

"ROOM 306 - View towards the Gulf"

"CALA GONONE - Hotels and houses"

"FIRST BEACH - There are three beaches in town. The first is just in front of Cala Gonone, its sandy shore is made up of white sand and pebbles and it is surrounded by vegetation that always shelters it"

"LUNGOMARE - A bit rocky..."



"CLOSER - In the afternoon..."

"SUNSET & MOONLIGHT - With tiramisu..."


Trotter said...

Hi Everybody! Couldn’t stand it anymore, so made a break this weekend... You’ll see the result next year, probably a little earlier than twelve months... In fact, as you may see with the present post, my delay is only of nine months now... But it will increase... ;)
Sardinia is a gem and for Europeans, it’s just around the corner... No need to make so much intercontinental travelling... ;))
Have a great week!!

Sylvia K said...

All that beauty and tiramisu??? That's a dream come true! Enjoy! And thanks for sharing the beauty!


alicesg said...

The view is from your room is superb. Very relaxing and peaceful view. It is good to have such a beautiful holiday.

Jen Laceda | Milk Guides said...

Good views everywhere you look!

Regina said...

Wow I Like this kind of place. Sardinia is indeed beautiful and breathtaking.

Have a great day Trotter.

SusuPetal said...

Beautiful scenery! Blue skies and mountains, just awesome!

Rakesh Vanamali said...

Such a wonderful place. A perfect place to get away and lose oneself! Particularly for its good beaches and its superb blue waters! Awesome

Olivier said...

Waouhhh des paysages de reve, c'est magnifique

Anonymous said...

Good Monday, Gil!
Now Sardinia :) Sardinia could take your post on their official travel sites!
Your photo collection is so invating.
I have been there one week and liked it very much.

Have a good week!

PeterParis said...

Turkey in July, Sardinia in September... (How many weeks of holiday do you have?) You really seem to take your time, go to the right places...

A long time ago I was offered a job for a ferry line Toulon - Sardinia, which finally never opened. (I didn't take the job, but it sounded attractive.)

Voegtli said...

Dozen's of people told me that I should visit Sardinia. And looking at your photos definitely gives envy.

There is one problem with your blog. Following it since such a long time. you have given me plenty of ideas where I could go and see. As I am eager to go and see.

The problem is: When? :-)

hpy said...

De beaux paysages, comme d'habitude, et x'est bien pratique de venir ici quand on n'a pas le temps de voyager. On voit quand même des paysages inconnus!

Daniel Chérouvrier said...

Dolce vita ou comment se la couler douce ou bien laisser le bon temps rouler.
Le farniente autrement dit !

Thérèse said...

Jolis découpages, que feriez-vous sans la mer vous deux? lol

april said...

First of all: the wonderful flight, all blue ...
and then: great beaches because there are not so many people there. Is it the time of the year?

rochambeau said...

You two look great hanging out in Sardinia!! Thanks for taking me along!!


Unknown said...

Such a lovely place! Have not thought of visiting but your blog never fails to lure us to new destinations. From my armchair, at least:))

juka14 said...

Great place with beautiful nature around. It must be an adventure to explore such an island.

Ron said...

This is a very beautiful post. I would love to visit there someday. I really like the houses situated on the mountains.

How about that Swiss upset over Spain?

joo said...

Looks like a great place to relax:)

Haddock said...

Thats a wonderful Island (with lots of greenery)

Pietro Brosio said...

Hello Gil! Splendid images and collages of Sardinia! Beautiful the beaches, the port, all the charming landscapes! And I like very much the tiramisù too!!
Happy weekend! :-)

P.N. Subramanian said...

Oh! Sardinia.I am trying to find a sponsor. Stunning pictures. Very close to your place. Have a nice day.

lv2scpbk said...

Love the views. That's what you call a room with a view for sure.

I gave my blogs a new look. Hope you like it.

Lakshmi said...

I get very attracted to the salts of the sea..enjoy your trip and see you soon

Gattina said...

I wished I was there right now ! Enjoying the warm weather and sunshine ! In Belgium it's winter again, only 12 ° and rain !
Today is the reconstitution of the Waterloo battle, the town is full of tourists and soldiers in historical costumes and it rains ... what a pity !

[G@ttoGiallo] said...

So we could have met - I wasn't very far !
Have you visited other Sardinian places, Gil ?
Nobody there to buy my Granny's property and its old mill ?

Paz said...

I'd love to visit here one day.

BLOGitse said...

What a charming place to have dinner!
I'm sure you enjoyed that tiramisu! :)

We're back in Casa. Unpacking our stuff from Cairo. In couple of weeks this place might look like our home - feels better already.
Have a great week ahead!


Nikon said...

Hi Gil! Very beautiful spot, I think that I would have a great time there is I ever was lucky enough to get there!
You're very lucky :)
Thanks for your visits.

yyam said...

Wow! Looks like a fabulous vacation spot! Love the pictures of the beaches...

Have a great week!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Beautiful photos! My husband has cousins that live in Sardinia, so it is definitely on our list of places we wish to visit one day, Gil. I bet the food there was amazing!

Rajesh said...

Beautiful and scenic place. The landscape is awesome.

Orchha Cenotaphs

Anonymous said...

great place for vacation too. wonderful captures

Joy said...

Fantastic views! Those shots are great and evidently you enjoyed Sardinia.

Sorry for my absence - as I was back home in Manila for two weeks.

Thanks for visiting Norwich Daily Photo and leaving your comment. Come visit again. Have a great start to your week!

99 said...

Gil! Felicitaciones por el 7-0! Bravo Portugal!

A Lady's Life said...

What a beautiful refreshing view.
I could almost feel the soft warm breeze. Nice change of scenery.

Cloudia said...


Aloha from Waikiki

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eye in the sky said...

The sprawling vista is just too delectable, I have auditory hallucinations of a lone saxophone playing while watching your photos. LOL

Light and Voices said...

These are amazing photographs. It looks like both of you are having a fantastic time. Keep on shooting.

My Unfinished Life said...

wonderful views!!!!!......
and your got the perfect room for viewing !!!

Anonymous said...

I'll put room 306 on my "bucket list". :)

Cergie said...

Décidemment, à un peuple de marins il faut la mer lorsqu’il quitte même en avion le Portugal. La latitude ne joue guère sur le dépaysement mais le micro climat sans doute oui. Et les coutumes locales, l’urbanisation, la gastronomie doivent être différentes.
Je ne vais pas très loin les Wend en ce moment mais je pars souvent, juste dans notre belle France mais cela me dépayse bien assez. De chez notre fille nous avons une vue sublime sur des collines vertes mais bien entendu il n’y a pas la mer sinon celle des nuages parfois.
Et les vacances qui impliquent absence de la blogosphère arrivent pour tout le monde !

indicaspecies said...

Oh wow, if it is so gorgeous in your lovely photographs, how much more beautiful it must be to experience it all in real!

diane b said...

It looks a beautiful sheltered spot with magic colours and what a view from your room. Still has a way to catch p with the Queensland beaches.Ah but not as close to Europe.

Trotter said...

Hi Everybody! Those who read the answers to last post’s comments (if anyone actually reads the replies I make... ;)) know that I was slightly absent because we profited from the national holiday on June 10th to take a long weekend break and then I was working abroad this last week: a way to try to survive the stress of day to day life... ;)). On this post I landed in Sardinia, a wonderful island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, just waiting to be explored... Hope you’ll also enjoy the coming posts to Blogtrotter Two, because there will be a bunch of them on Sardinia for you to see... ;))

That’s exactly my feeling: lots of beauty and, furthermore, tiramisu... A great combination to spend some good time, any place... ;)). My pleasure to show all these beauties around...

Alice SG,
The Hotel is a little bit out of centre and most probably would have been quite inconveniently placed without a car; but as to get to Cala Gonone it’s almost mandatory to use a car (or a boat...), the location of the hotel wasn’t an issue... And actually I got a superb view from the room on the top floor, direct into the Gulf of Orosei...

Indeed. From the small veranda at the hotel room, I looked east to the Mediterranean Sea, south to the Sardinian fabulous coast of the National Park of the Gulf of Orosei and Gennargentu and finally west to the mountains of Sardinia...

From what I see at your blog, I’m sure you would love Sardinia, in particular this not so «jet-setty» part of the island, where the Gulf of Orosei is located... ;). The water is marvellously green, turquoise and blue and the granite makes a tremendous contrast to it... Better start packing!! ;))

Blue skies and blue waters, which in my opinion are much more important than the skies... It was a surprise discovering it so easily reachable even from Lisbon; though not connected by a direct flight, Lisbon-Madrid-Olbia is quite easy to make and the reward is marvellous!!

In the current status, I tend to accept that any place might be good enough to get away and lose oneself... ;). But you are right: some places are definitely better than others get lost and Sardinia probably counts in those few elected to get the crown... And please don’t forget the food, to add to your long list of excellent reasons to drop by... ;))

Merveilleux! Et, en plus, tu as du Jazz là-bas… Le Festival «Jazz in Sardegna» à Cagliari, le XXIII Cala Gonone Festival et le festival «Time in Jazz » au village de Berchidda (à la Piazza del Popolo et aussi aux villages de Tempio Pausania, Ozieri, Oschiri, Monti, Nughedu San Nicolò et Pattada), du 10ème au 16ème août, cet année avec Maria João et Mario Laginha. Tu me trouves des entrées? ;)

You’ll see that Sardinia is even much more inviting than what you get from my posts... ;)) Instead of taking my post to their official website, they could sponsor another trip there to get a deeper knowledge of the place; I wouldn’t mind to repeat the trip... ;)). It seems that everybody who has been there likes it very much; even Berlusconi... ;)

Come on, this deserves an explanation... ;). My only official week of vacation was in September, actually from August 31st through September 6th!! But as with only one week rest in the whole year you may get into trouble – physically and, in particular, mentally - ;), there is this possibility of trying to get away for a few days, provided that you’re prepared to return immediately in case of need... So what happened in July was one of these very risky breaks one may take (but that can cost you a lot...), when several other pre-requisites are fulfilled, waiting that nothing urgent comes in to compel you to pack right away and run to the airport on a very short notice... Not exactly a piece of cake... ;))
That job on a ferry line to Sardinia looked attractive, but I think I would prefer a job in an airline flying the world... ;))

Trotter said...

Part Two:

Great to read you back here. Hope things are going smoothly again in Sri Lanka on your - hopefully (or not...) -, last mission to the country...
Sardinia is also a must see and it is not so far from Montreux; and even Swiss seems to fly there from Geneva, though with a connection and change of plane in Zurich... As for the time to make all this, how I understand you: I’m waiting for ages to get some time to make Patagonia, end my Rajasthan trips, visit Goa and South India, Greenland, Machu Picchu, and more and more... ;)). One day, probably... ;))

La Sardaigne est peut-être plus belle que quelques-unes des autres paysages que j’ai montrés ici… Et, vraiment c’est beaucoup pratique pour moi aussi, car quand je suis longtemps à port, je publie des posts; comme ça, il semble que je continue à voyager, même quand je ne sort pas du petit cercle entre maison-bureau-maison… ;))

À la Sardaigne tu verras vraiment la «Dolce Vita», mais un plus au nord du Golfe d’Orosei. Ça arrivera après quelques posts du Golfe et de ce qu’on peut appeler la Sardaigne profonde, mais quand elle arrivera, tu la trouveras vraiment «Dolce», même si n’est pas exactement «farniente»… ;))

Sans la mer, je crois que ça serais beaucoup plus difficile, même si vivant à coté je ne la vois pas toujours, ni même toutes les semaines. J’aimerais bien avoir une maison avec vue de la mer, mais chaque fois que j’essaie de me mettre en camp, les prix deviennent astronomiques… Il y a peut-être une connexion bizarre entre la demande et l’offre qui m’escape… ;)). Alors, la seule solution est de prendre des vacances au bord de la mer… Est-ce que le fait d’avoir été né dans une île joue un rôle dans tout ça? Je ne sais pas…

I have one thousand and two hundred pictures from the trip to Sardinia, but I promise I won’t publish them all to bore you… ;). That blue is awesome, and the rest also!! You’ll see some people on the beaches: not so much, probably it was already the end of August, early September, but also because you need a boat to get there: to the island and to the beaches... ;)

Our pleasure to take you on the journey... I’m always suggesting to my (retired, because they seem to have some more free time...) blog friends to organize a bloggers’ trip some nice place, but no one is taking care of the job! Maybe you could try to make it come true... ;))

You’ll see what will be coming on and then you decide... Sardinia definitely deserves the trip, and you’ll surely be impressed when you’ll see the next posts on the island!! It is a beautiful place...

It’s a true gem and a true adventure to discover all the beauties you may find in such a wonderful island... It was definitely a great surprise and I believe that what we still have to see in the next posts is even more beautiful than what we have already seen... ;))

I’m sure you’ll make it when you decide to visit it... It’s worth the trip. Definitely!
As far as the Championship is concerned, I just would love that Portugal could emulate Switzerland next Tuesday against Spain... But I don’t know; I’m afraid that they may have spent their goal allowance all with North Korea... Seven - zero was a bit too much... You know, it seems that there is another prohibition is North Korea: no more Seven Up... ;))

I don’t know if you’ll like to relax in such a wonderful environment... You will be willing to see everything everywhere and that creates a lot of stress... ;))

Thanks for your visit and first time comment here at Blogtrotter Two!! There are other islands with much more greenery than Sardinia, which is famous for the sea and the rocks, not exactly by the green... But anyhow, it also has its share of green... ;)

Trotter said...

Part Three:

Now tell me: is this a part of Italy that I’ve been to and you haven’t? Usually people have the idea that if you live in your country, you must know everything there; but that isn’t totally true, in particular when countries are large enough to make a trip around a rather long one... ;). As for the tiramisu, it’s one of my favourite cakes, together with cheesecake; but sometimes it tastes very different from one place to another... ;))

If you’re talking sponsors, you may probably get in touch with Jen Laceda; she seems to be an expert finding a way for someone to sponsor her trips, where she stays in fabulous hotels and eats in awesome restaurants... ;)). It’s not so close to Portugal, but at least is much closer than my dream Rajasthan... ;)

Definitely it’s a room with a view, though not exactly to Florence... ;). Anyhow, Italian is also spoken in the island, further to the local Sardu or Sardinian... ;))
I’ll check the new look of your blogs as soon as I finish this... ;))

This happened last year in September, so this trip has already ended a long time ago... And hopefully we’ll see you soon in Portugal; much more possible than seeing me in India in the near future... ;))

I wouldn’t mind to be there also; but it seems you had a quite warm week in Belgium... And I must confess that the worst summer time I had was spending some days in Brussels when the temperature reaches 30º Celsius: as nobody believes it may be hot there, nothing is prepared to the heat and so everything (hotels, even some of the best, conference rooms, restaurants, bars, etc...) looks like a sauna... Not healthy from my point of view... ;))
I would love to have seen that reconstitution of the Waterloo battle; it must be an amazing show!!

I thought you were on the Northeast coast, but it seems the house is rather on the Southeast side of the island... Actually, I planned to visit Tortoli and Arbatax, but then, as I was heading North, it would have been a large detour; even larger to get to San Vito... ;)). You’ll see the places I’ve been to in Sardinia in the next posts... Some are truly awesome!!
I don’t know any buyer for Granny’s house... unless someone gets the Euromillions next week... ;))

I tell you how: Fly New York to Lisbon, just because it’s nicer and cheaper than flying to Rome... and we may have «pasteis de Belém», which you’ll never forget... ;). Then make Lisbon-Madrid-Olbia; it’s fun and doesn’t take long... ;))

It’s just across the street from the restaurant; there aren’t many cars going through (actually I think we saw only two during the whole dinner) and the sea is just down from the tables... Finally the tiramisu was great; so everything was perfect!!
Great to hear that you’re back in Casa and that finally the stuff arrived; you’ll be unpacking the whole summer, if there is summer. They say it will be the hottest of the last years...
It was great to read that everything was all right with the controls in Helsinki. Great news!!

It’s not that difficult: transatlantic air traffic is huge, competition is enormous and fares get low... So, start packing, make a stopover in Lisbon for a drink and keep on going to Sardinia... ;))
Well, i don’t complain much, except for feeling somehow stuck, but I’m not sure I am what people use to call a lucky guy... ;))

The beaches you see here aren’t probably the best in the world; I don’t need to go further than Algarve here in Portugal to get something better, though maybe cooler... ;) And Diane would certainly mention the beaches in Queensland to say that at least the ones on the pictures don’t match the Australian ones... ;) But the island is gorgeous!!

Having cousins in Sardinia, I’m sure you’ll be there one of these days... As for the food, I do not dare to express an opinion in front of an expert in Italian gastronomy; but I had some very decent meals while we were in the island... In particular fish, which is my favourite... ;)

Emery Roth said...

Trotter without a beach is like a duck out of water. I'm glad you're wetting your wings again. Looks like a peaceful spot.

Trotter said...

Part Four:

I always have this methodical doubt with regard to the English language: when you speak of «landscape» does it also apply to the sea? ;)). Anyhow, in Sardinia you may say awesome for land and sea...

When you say «too», you are comparing with Greece, I presume... And you’re absolutely right... ;))

I truly liked it a lot; wouldn’t mind to go back again and again, but it must be admitted that it isn’t the cheapest place on Earth to spend your holidays... ;))
Great that you were back home for a while!!

Hope that the goal allowance wasn’t spent all with North Korea; we’ll need to score some goals against Spain and maybe Argentina... ;))

There was a breeze, but still it was hot...
Thanks for your good wishes, but you know Mother’s and Father’s Days are different throughout the world: we had Father’s Day on March 19th, St. Joseph’s Day... ;))

Great that you enjoyed!!

That idea of a lone saxophone playing – Charlie «Bird» Parker, Coltrane, Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins or Sonny Rollins, just to name the five on top of the list... – is a great companion to these pictures!! LOL

We had a great time, September 2009... ;))

Having the ability to find the perfect room at the hotels to get the best view is a quality that needs some embellishment... ;))

And you do it right!! ;))

Voilà qui me comprends bien: je ne sais pas si ça arrive avec tous les membres de ce people de marins ou seulement avec ceux, comme moi-même, qui sont nés dans les îles, au bord de la mer… ;)).
Ici c’est plutôt la longitude que joue un rôle, car la latitude n’est pas trop différente… ;). J’espère que tu auras des belles vacances; la France, même après le cataclysme sud-africain, as toujours des beautés à découvrir!! ;))

It’s great!! But do not underestimate my pictures; they do miracles in some cases and show things much better than they actually are... lol

It looks everything you said and even more... ;)
For the beaches I agree, but if I want to compete with Queensland I just have to drive two hundred km south to the Algarve and I’ll be better served; no need for even flying... ;))

Trotter said...

That's absolutely true. Maybe because I was born in an island... ;))

Regina said...

Wow trotter you add another gorgeous spots. How wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing them.

Have a great week ahead to both of you.
" Regina "

Trotter said...

Thanks for coming back to this post!!

A Lady's Life said...

Such wonderful places to live and enjoy. Views like this are to die for.

Trotter said...

It's definitely a dream coming true...