Trip to Alghero
The narrow guage train goes from Sassari to Alghero and takes about 30 minutes. There is also a bus service.Alghero is a nice seaside resort with an old town c entre. The train station in Alghero is a 20 minutes walk from the sea front. Make sure you take the correct road. Best to ask or take a local bus.
- Historical Travel
Large modern museum showing the long history of human occupation of the area, starting from the prehistoric. Lots of artefacts on display, particularly enjoyed the mosaic flooring and small art exhibition. Very good value at €2 entrance fee.
- Historical Travel
- Museum Visits
Festival of the CAndles - Candeleiri 14 agosto
This has run annually for 400 to 500 years on 14th August, the eve of the Assumption, in thanks for deliverance from a plague
The nine candles are in fact 8 metre tall coloured wooden columns, painted, decortated, bedecked on ribbons and carrying religious iconography. Nine ancient guilds - farmers, land owners, carpenters,stone pike men, wayfarers, tailors cobblers vegetable farmers and stonemasons - are all represented.
The Candelieri are blessed in the Church of the Rosary at Piazza Rosario before lining up to proceed from Piazza Castello at around 18:00. At length they proceed down Corso Vittorio Emanulele II for the 'a zent anni' - Sardinian dialect for the 100 years blessing at the town hall.
Finally they end up at Santa Marai di Bethlehem church, although they were nowhwere near when we had to catch the last rain for Alghero at 20:55. It does take all night ! A record crowd extimated by the daily newspaper at 100,000 + attended in 2006, the numbersthringing the streets and packing the cafes were what made the spectacle to me
- Religious Travel
Go to the island on the Costa...
Go to the island on the Costa Smeralda on the north coast of Sardinia - la Madalena.
It's a gorgeous place with great shops, outdoor markets and restaurants. A gem! And only a short ferry trip from the coast.
The narrow streets either side of Corso Vittorio Emanuele are worth exploring, mostly very narrow, admire the drivers skill getting their cars around - no way would I attempt it!
Duomo di San Nicola
Large Cathedral pretty much hidden in the backstreets, open 9-12 daily so we missed it but still looks good from the outside.
Large square and a popular Sunday morning meeting place. Statue of King Vittorio Emanuele II in pride of place.
Fontana di Rosello
Genovese stonemasons created the original Fonte in 1606, unfortunately the four figures -who represent the four seasons - were damaged during civil unrest and the new figures date back 180 years
People climbing rocks and...
People climbing rocks and people finally enjoying the sun, breeze and sea. The guy on the right with the hat is me
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