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Cagliari, Sardinia

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19th March, 2016

The seas were almost flat calm as we headed further east, just an almost imperceptible swell coming down from the north. We managed to nip into Sardinia’s most southern port, Cagliari, just ahead of the ‘Epic proportions’ that, as luck would have it, was also making her next call at this port. It was bright chilly morning that gradually warmed up to around 15 degrees or so, and those on tour had perfect weather for sightseeing. It had been the intention of Mrs R to take me off on the ‘Flavours of Sardinia’ tour, but as it included wine I declined.

We did however, take the port shuttle bus for the short journey to the city centre and then gradually worked our way up the hill to the old walled town high above. Here the streets were narrow, which didn’t seem to deter local drivers from motoring downhill at seemingly great speed, causing anyone in their path to cling, limpet like, to the sides of the buildings. We reached a café in a charming little square near the 14th century Cathedral of Santa Maria, where an endless number of walking tours from the other ‘ship’ were obviously being told by their guide that they could saunter down and use the toilet facilities inside. Not exactly conducive to having a quiet coffee, particularly as there were only ‘one seaters’ and queues back onto the street started to form.

We opted to continue for another few hundred yards and came to the ‘Torre di San Pancrazio’, a tower built in 1305, obviously so that early warning could be given should invaders come into the bay. The view was superb, but it took a certain degree of nerves to climb the steep stairs, more so on the way down. Eventually, back at sea level, we worked our way past the colonnaded shops on the front, where beautiful facades and shuttered balconies were enhanced by the vivid purple spring blossom of the roadside trees.

The three complementary shuttle buses provided by the port were in danger of being overwhelmed by the numbers returning to the other cruiser, but us Saganauts shuffled patiently with the rest suggesting, perhaps somewhat smugly to those who asked, that queuing was very rarely seen on a Saga vessel. Very British I thought.

Captain Philip Rentell

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