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Report 2027: September in Sardinia

By Marian McCain from England, Fall 2012

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Cala Gonone is a small and very pretty town that sits at the topmost end of the Gulf of Orosei on Sardinia's east coast. The coastal scenery is renowned for the beauty of its pristine little coves, many of which can only be reached by boat or by a long trek down steep mountain paths. We stayed at Hotel L'Oasi, which would have to be one of the loveliest hotels I have ever stayed at. It is perched on a cliff, high above the town, with delightfully landscaped gardens and a dining-room with a huge, sunny terrace. The meals there are so good that almost all the guests choose to eat there in the evenings. Here, we were introduced to different traditional Sardinian dishes every night all of which were prepared from fresh, local ingredients and utterly delicious and had our first taste of Sardinian wine, made from the ubiquitous Cannonau grapes and our first sip of the unique Mirto liqueur, flavored with myrtle leaves and berries. We stayed three days in Cala Gonone, taking walks, each day in a different direction. The weather was perfect and gloriously sunny and remained that way for the rest of the month.

We met some elderly weavers who showed us their delicate work, explained their techniques and told us they had been weaving since they were small girls. And we enjoyed looking at the fascinating and colorful handcrafts on sale.

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