You can book your flights now !

Ryanair has posted their flights to Alghero just over a week ago. Flights are starting from 14,99 pounds …. Get booking soon and grab yourself a bargain !

http://www.ryanair.com/

http://www.easyjet.com/en ( for Olbia )

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On the joy of downtime and internet use.

2 days & 3 new sport pages. Not bad going considering the ever present temptation to just trawl the net …

Indeed, amongst the many activities to be enjoyed, hiking,rock climbing and diving are some of best in Southern Europe.

So if you are into any of these, please refer to the sport tab in the main menu. And plan those holidays already !

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On the love of ruins and abandoned houses, villages …

I came across this site by pure chance on FB: http://www.sardegnaabbandonata.it

And now I have just wasted over 1H00 looking at all these abandoned houses, villages ….

Abandonned dome on Costa Paradiso resort

abandoned dome on Costa Paradiso resort

abandonned villa near Alghero

abandoned villa near Alghero

Don’t give me wrong, I loved it but I was meant to update the website by adding 2 sport sections … But what a delicious way to whale away time …. And there are quite a few deserted places in Northern Sardinia so I feel a couple of trips coming on !

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On the cyclone Cleopatra that hit Northern East Sardinia on November 18th 2013

The devastation that hit mainly Olbia and some of the Nuoro region seemed nearly unreal when we heard of them.

disaster picturesI remember my mum ringing me on my mobile asking me how I was as she heard of a cyclone hitting Sardinia via the French news the day after. I had no idea whatsoever. I noticed the storm, lightning and  copious amount of rain the night before but to be honest, it was nothing we hadn’t witnessed before in Perfugas.

It is only days later , when we got back online that I realized the extend of the disaster : 18 dead , quite a few roads and bridges collapsed, many houses, business and livelihood ruined. Six months of rain slashed Sardinia in less than twenty-four hours, causing landslides, mudslides and severe flooding.

street devastated NuoroMore than 4 weeks later, the effects of that disaster are still being felt : a man just committed suicide in his ruined shop in Orosei, many people having lost their home still live in temporary shelter, schools lessons are held in makeshift building ..

I know the Sardinians as very resilient people and their great spirit shone through immediately : volunteers came rushing to help from all over the island and beyond, donations of various kinds are being generously sent. It may take years to get back to “normal”. Me and Malcolm count ourselves lucky to have unaffected by it .

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