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  1.  The road to Ulassai    17 October 2019    Sardinia Ulassai, Italy
         Oct 17, 2019
  Ulassai, Sardinia, Italy  
  2.  A bit of hiking, a bit of art    18 October 2019    Sardinia Ulassai, Italy
         Oct 18, 2019
  Ulassai, Sardinia, Italy  
  3.  More hiking, more art    19 October 2019    Sardinia Ulassai, Italy
         Oct 19, 2019
  Ulassai, Sardinia, Italy  
  4.  More Ulassai    19 October 2019    Sardinia Ulassai, Italy
         Oct 19, 2019
  Sardinia, Italy, Ulassai  
  5.  Ulassai panorama    20 November 2019    Sardinia Ulassai, Italy
         Nov 20, 2019
  Italy, Sardinia, Ulassai  
 
 
 
1. The road to Ulassai
17 October 2019    Sardinia, Ulassai  Italy 
S   M   L
1. The road to Ulassai   
17 October 2019    Sardinia, Ulassai, Italy   
 
 
 
 

We checked out of our apartment in Cagliari, took the train to the airport, picked up a rental car, then drove north for a few hours to the small (1,400 pop) town of Ulassai.

Ulassai

Driving in Sardinia is not that different from Canada. Good roads and signage. More rotaries. Lots of tunnels between Cagliari and Ulassai so I guess Italians go through not over. The drivers are more aggressive than I'm accustomed to.

Ulassai's setting is spectacular, with limestone and dolomite cliffs that tower over head. It turns an architecturally uninteresting place into something quite beautiful.

We arrived in Ulassai about half past two which is mid siesta in every small Italian town. The town looked abandoned, the stores and cafes all closed, an occasional car. The bar was open so we ate a rather sad bar sandwich. This is the "need food between 2 and 5 in a small Italian town" challenge which can be addressed by either planning ahead or lowering your food standards. Today we lowered.

Later in the afternoon the shops opened and we soon observed two types of people out and about, young people who hike/climb during the day and are commonly living out of an RV, and old people. Sardinians are reputed to be long lived. Which reminds me of the place that is said to be home to "the newly wed and the nearly dead".

 
 
 
 
Jerzu
     
We passed the town of Jerzu on the way to Ulassai. Jerzu is known for its full-bodied Cannonau red wine, which I happen to be drinking at this moment and which I find to be very good.
 
 
 
Jerzu
     
We passed the town of Jerzu on the way to Ulassai. Jerzu is known for its full-bodied Cannonau red wine, which I happen to be drinking at this moment and which I find to be very good.
 
 
 
Jerzu
     
We passed the town of Jerzu on the way to Ulassai. Jerzu is known for its full-bodied Cannonau red wine, which I happen to be drinking at this moment and which I find to be very good.
 
 
Ulassai
     
The limestone and dolomite cliffs that surround Ulassai make this a popular hiking and climbing destination.
 
 
 
Ulassai
     
The limestone and dolomite cliffs that surround Ulassai make this a popular hiking and climbing destination.
 
 
 
Ulassai
     
The limestone and dolomite cliffs that surround Ulassai make this a popular hiking and climbing destination.
 
 
Ulassai
     
The narrow street skirting the ambulance and mounting the hillside is the recommended route to our b&b.
 
 
 
Ulassai
     
The narrow street skirting the ambulance and mounting the hillside is the recommended route to our b&b.
 
 
 
Ulassai
     
The narrow street skirting the ambulance and mounting the hillside is the recommended route to our b&b.
 
 
Ulassai
     
Much of Ulassai hugs the side of a mountain and features narrow and winding streets.
 
 
 
Ulassai
     
Much of Ulassai hugs the side of a mountain and features narrow and winding streets.
 
 
 
Ulassai
     
Much of Ulassai hugs the side of a mountain and features narrow and winding streets.
 
 
2. A bit of hiking, a bit of art
18 October 2019    Sardinia, Ulassai  Italy 
S   M   L
2. A bit of hiking, a bit of art   
18 October 2019    Sardinia, Ulassai, Italy   
 
 
 
 

We're in Ulassai and the weather in Sardinia remains perfect. We hiked up a nearby mountain, passing through a slot in the rocks popular with rock climbers, then in the afternoon we visited an exhibit of the works by the Ulassai artist Maria Lai.

 
 
 
 
Old stone wall and town center
     
 
 
 
Old stone wall and town center
     
 
 
 
Old stone wall and town center
     
 
 
Yours truly near our very nice b&b
     
 
 
 
Yours truly near our very nice b&b
     
 
 
 
Yours truly near our very nice b&b
     
 
 
Paul on hike
     
 
 
 
Paul on hike
     
 
 
 
Paul on hike
     
 
 
The Mediterranean is to the east
     
 
 
 
The Mediterranean is to the east
     
 
 
 
The Mediterranean is to the east
     
 
 
Yours truly taking photos
     
 
 
 
Yours truly taking photos
     
 
 
 
Yours truly taking photos
     
 
 
Paul on hike
     
 
 
 
Paul on hike
     
 
 
 
Paul on hike
     
 
 
Ulassai panorama
     
 
 
 
Ulassai panorama
     
 
 
 
Ulassai panorama
     
 
 
Rock climbers
     
Ulassai is pinned in by steep rock walls so it's popular with climbers. And no, you won't find me climbing any rocks.
 
 
 
Rock climbers
     
Ulassai is pinned in by steep rock walls so it's popular with climbers. And no, you won't find me climbing any rocks.
 
 
 
Rock climbers
     
Ulassai is pinned in by steep rock walls so it's popular with climbers. And no, you won't find me climbing any rocks.
 
 
Maria Lai artwork
     
The Stazione dell'arte, a train station turned art gallery, currently features a showing of works by the Ulassai multimedia/performance artist Maria Lai. In addition to a gallery filled with her pieces we also enjoyed her multimedia fairy tale "Holding the shadow by the hand." A number of Lai's pieces are stationed around Ulassai, in an open-air gallery.
 
 
 
Maria Lai artwork
     
The Stazione dell'arte, a train station turned art gallery, currently features a showing of works by the Ulassai multimedia/performance artist Maria Lai. In addition to a gallery filled with her pieces we also enjoyed her multimedia fairy tale "Holding the shadow by the hand." A number of Lai's pieces are stationed around Ulassai, in an open-air gallery.
 
 
 
Maria Lai artwork
     
The Stazione dell'arte, a train station turned art gallery, currently features a showing of works by the Ulassai multimedia/performance artist Maria Lai. In addition to a gallery filled with her pieces we also enjoyed her multimedia fairy tale "Holding the shadow by the hand." A number of Lai's pieces are stationed around Ulassai, in an open-air gallery.
 
 
The Stazione dell'arte
     
 
 
 
The Stazione dell'arte
     
 
 
 
The Stazione dell'arte
     
 
 
Ulassai as seen from the Stazione dell'arte
     
 
 
 
Ulassai as seen from the Stazione dell'arte
     
 
 
 
Ulassai as seen from the Stazione dell'arte
     
 
 
Paul in front of our Ulassai b&b
     
Our very nice b&b managed by a very warm and demonstrative young woman named Monica who speaks no English yet somehow was able to communicate just fine. For €60 per night we got the whole floor, roomy and modern with a living room, bedroom, and bath with laundry.
 
 
 
Paul in front of our Ulassai b&b
     
Our very nice b&b managed by a very warm and demonstrative young woman named Monica who speaks no English yet somehow was able to communicate just fine. For €60 per night we got the whole floor, roomy and modern with a living room, bedroom, and bath with laundry.
 
 
 
Paul in front of our Ulassai b&b
     
Our very nice b&b managed by a very warm and demonstrative young woman named Monica who speaks no English yet somehow was able to communicate just fine. For €60 per night we got the whole floor, roomy and modern with a living room, bedroom, and bath with laundry.
 
 
3. More hiking, more art
19 October 2019    Sardinia, Ulassai  Italy 
S   M   L
3. More hiking, more art   
19 October 2019    Sardinia, Ulassai, Italy   
 
 
 
 

Today was similar to yesterday: perfect weather; a challenging and beautiful hike (to the summit of Bruncu Matzeu, a nearby mountain); and then an evening walk around Ulassai's open-air museum. The major difference was dinner, yesterday it was local cuisine and today it was pizza.

 
 
 
 
Bruncu Matzeu
     
We hiked the Tisiddu trail up to Bruncu Matzeu, a 955m peak just opposite of yesterday's hike.
 
 
 
Bruncu Matzeu
     
We hiked the Tisiddu trail up to Bruncu Matzeu, a 955m peak just opposite of yesterday's hike.
 
 
 
Bruncu Matzeu
     
We hiked the Tisiddu trail up to Bruncu Matzeu, a 955m peak just opposite of yesterday's hike.
 
 
Yesterday's destination
     
Today's hike gave us a good view of where we hiked yesterday.
 
 
 
Yesterday's destination
     
Today's hike gave us a good view of where we hiked yesterday.
 
 
 
Yesterday's destination
     
Today's hike gave us a good view of where we hiked yesterday.
 
 
East is the Mediterranean
     
 
 
 
East is the Mediterranean
     
 
 
 
East is the Mediterranean
     
 
 
Paul at the summit
     
 
 
 
Paul at the summit
     
 
 
 
Paul at the summit
     
 
 
Yours truly at the summit
     
 
 
 
Yours truly at the summit
     
 
 
 
Yours truly at the summit
     
 
 
Paul heading down from summit
     
 
 
 
Paul heading down from summit
     
 
 
 
Paul heading down from summit
     
 
 
Fiat and church
     
 
 
 
Fiat and church
     
 
 
 
Fiat and church
     
 
 
Map to open-air museum
     
The small town of Ulassai features art by the local artist Maria Lai scattered around the town, part of what they call an open-air museum.
 
 
 
Map to open-air museum
     
The small town of Ulassai features art by the local artist Maria Lai scattered around the town, part of what they call an open-air museum.
 
 
 
Map to open-air museum
     
The small town of Ulassai features art by the local artist Maria Lai scattered around the town, part of what they call an open-air museum.
 
 
Ulassai school with art
     
The school in the center of Ulassai is part of the open-air museum. Above each window is a drawing and text plus there is a large piece in the center.
 
 
 
Ulassai school with art
     
The school in the center of Ulassai is part of the open-air museum. Above each window is a drawing and text plus there is a large piece in the center.
 
 
 
Ulassai school with art
     
The school in the center of Ulassai is part of the open-air museum. Above each window is a drawing and text plus there is a large piece in the center.
 
 
Art on the school
     
This large piece is on the school.
 
 
 
Art on the school
     
This large piece is on the school.
 
 
 
Art on the school
     
This large piece is on the school.
 
 
La Lavagna
     
Part of the open air museum.
 
 
 
La Lavagna
     
Part of the open air museum.
 
 
 
La Lavagna
     
Part of the open air museum.
 
 
Inside La Lavagna, by Maria Lai
     
 
 
 
Inside La Lavagna, by Maria Lai
     
 
 
 
Inside La Lavagna, by Maria Lai
     
 
 
Book by Maria Lai
     
The small item in the middle right side of the photo is a piece of art by Lai. It is part of a series of small ceramic books placed along Ulassai's oldest street. Lai was a big fan of reading.
 
 
 
Book by Maria Lai
     
The small item in the middle right side of the photo is a piece of art by Lai. It is part of a series of small ceramic books placed along Ulassai's oldest street. Lai was a big fan of reading.
 
 
 
Book by Maria Lai
     
The small item in the middle right side of the photo is a piece of art by Lai. It is part of a series of small ceramic books placed along Ulassai's oldest street. Lai was a big fan of reading.
 
 
Book up close
     
 
 
 
Book up close
     
 
 
 
Book up close
     
 
 
Book by Lai
     
 
 
 
Book by Lai
     
 
 
 
Book by Lai
     
 
 
Ulassai woman
     
Most of the old women in Ulassai dress in a distinctive manner, with dark colors, a long dress, and a hood. This woman brings to mind the hooded fellow in The Seventh Seal.
 
 
 
Ulassai woman
     
Most of the old women in Ulassai dress in a distinctive manner, with dark colors, a long dress, and a hood. This woman brings to mind the hooded fellow in The Seventh Seal.
 
 
 
Ulassai woman
     
Most of the old women in Ulassai dress in a distinctive manner, with dark colors, a long dress, and a hood. This woman brings to mind the hooded fellow in The Seventh Seal.
 
 
They do a brisk business in pizza
     
As far as we can tell Ulassai has two restaurants off season. One is for Sardinian delicacies like horse, donkey, and entrails, plus the usual meat and fish. The other is this pizza place. We tried both and, no surprise, we preferred the pizza.
 
 
 
They do a brisk business in pizza
     
As far as we can tell Ulassai has two restaurants off season. One is for Sardinian delicacies like horse, donkey, and entrails, plus the usual meat and fish. The other is this pizza place. We tried both and, no surprise, we preferred the pizza.
 
 
 
They do a brisk business in pizza
     
As far as we can tell Ulassai has two restaurants off season. One is for Sardinian delicacies like horse, donkey, and entrails, plus the usual meat and fish. The other is this pizza place. We tried both and, no surprise, we preferred the pizza.
 
 
4. More Ulassai
19 October 2019    Sardinia, Ulassai  Italy 
S   M   L
4. More Ulassai   
19 October 2019    Sardinia, Ulassai, Italy   
 
 
 
 
Ulassai and two neighboring towns
     
The summit of Bruncu Matzeu gives a view of Ulassai plus, in the distance, two additional hillside towns.
 
 
 
Ulassai and two neighboring towns
     
The summit of Bruncu Matzeu gives a view of Ulassai plus, in the distance, two additional hillside towns.
 
 
 
Ulassai and two neighboring towns
     
The summit of Bruncu Matzeu gives a view of Ulassai plus, in the distance, two additional hillside towns.
 
 
Ulassai
     
 
 
 
Ulassai
     
 
 
 
Ulassai
     
 
 
Ulassai
     
At times I'm not sure whether I prefer colour or b&w.
 
 
 
Ulassai
     
At times I'm not sure whether I prefer colour or b&w.
 
 
 
Ulassai
     
At times I'm not sure whether I prefer colour or b&w.
 
 
Ulassai
     
 
 
 
Ulassai
     
 
 
 
Ulassai
     
 
 
Ulassai
     
 
 
 
Ulassai
     
 
 
 
Ulassai
     
 
 

 
 
 
5. Ulassai panorama
20 November 2019    Sardinia, Ulassai  Italy 
5. Ulassai panorama   
20 November 2019    Sardinia, Ulassai, Italy