We just returned from 9 days on Sardegna/Sardinia. It was heaven, as always. This time we changed things up a bit and spent the last 3 nights at a resort on Costa Smeralda. I did not take as many photos as I would have liked mostly due to the fact that Maria, sand and ocean water do not mix very well with an iPhone.
Next week has some big events: Maria's 2nd birthday and then Gio and I travel to South Africa to find a house!
Meanwhile, happy August to all!
|Enzo always gets nervous when he sees suitcases. His comfort Berner helps him. Luckily for him we had arranged for Paolo's nephew Giacomo and a friend to come stay with him while we were away. Enzo loved that! Pepper, as always, was indifferent.|
|Before we left we scouted out some places for my family to stay at Christmas when they all come for a visit. We finally picked this agriturismo that is just across the valley from our house (about 12 minute's drive). We think they will love it!|
|It even comes with a resident dog and her brand new puppies!|
|And then we were off....scheduling a drive to Pisa during Maria's nap|
time worked out well!
|An attempt at a photo in front of the tower.|
|Gio was not cooperating....|
|....nor was the lighting...|
|Maria enjoys selfies.|
|More than touring world wonders.|
|Maria's primary focus these days is jumping...off anything. |
She spent a full hour jumping from the first step of this statue.
|Her favorite pose.|
|A small break from jumping for a lollipop.|
After a night in Pisa we boarded a ferry the next day for a LONG journey to Sardegna. We had accidentally booked ourselves on a slow boat (what normally takes 6 hours took us over 10!). It was a very long day. I guess good practice for our 10 hour flight FRA to JOBURG in September.
|Finally off the boat and ready for pizza!|
|A toast (proscuitto and cheese) sandwich break after our first morning on the beach....|
|...and a lemon popsicle break after the second day. |
Maria enjoyed the snacks more than the beach itself for the first few days.
|Sunset on our 3rd day. By this time Maria was really enjoying the sand and the water.|
|We spent an evening enjoying an outdoor dinner at a local agriturismo. 4 playgrounds, a soccer pitch and an outdoor cinema kept the children entertained!|
|And then we arrived at our resort in Baja Sardegna. A huge pool built around this natural rock formation was heaven for Gio, especially because there were lots of other kids staying there. We barely saw Gio for the 4 days we were there!|
|Jumping from the rock formation was a highlight. This would have NEVER been allowed in the USA!|
|This cool cart was a huge hit with Maria, so much so that she refused to leave it once we were finished shopping. |
Cue a toddler tamtrum. Sigh.
|Gio's legs are a sign of an active summer!|
|And then just like that it was time to get back on the boat (luckily the fast one this time!).|
|Someone loves her brother a LOT!|
|I was a bit nervous about this trip as it was predicted to be a rough crossing due to high winds and rough seas.|
Turns out we all had our sea legs and no one was ill!
|While Maria napped in our cabin with Papa, Gio and I explored the ship and said goodbye to Sardegna until next summer.|
|Yes, there was a pool on the ship. And, yes, due to the high seas no one went swimming.|
No one, that is, except for Gio. Sigh.
|And now we are back home. We are enjoying a few days of cooler temps and fog. |
The heat returns soon, but for now we are enjoying layers and rain boots!
We finally figured out what has been happening to the sand in our sandbox!
Maria continues to perfect her jumping skills....
Meanwhile, happy August to all!