Entry #6 May 19, 2011
The last day in Bonifacio, Corsica was short since we were traveling by ferry back to Sardinia. We arrived at the port at 11 AM for the noon sailing. Tom had leftover pizza from last night all ready for a lunch on board. Anne had her favorite granola bars and the others had a "punt" lunch from the ferry dock snack bar. The crossing was a bit smoother than the one we had from Sardinia two days before since the winds had calmed down and the swells were much smaller. There were many sailboats near the harbor as we started the 50 minute voyage.
The trip in the van to our hotel destination of Su Gologone near Olena was going to be a long twisty journey, so we stopped at a luxury resort area on the NE corner of Sardinia for a break. Here is the story of the origin of this area and our experience.
In the summer of 1958, the story goes, a luxury yacht was caught out by a storm off the northeastern coast of Sardinia. On board was the 21-year-old Prince Karim Aga Khan IV. Four years later, at a business lunch in London, he formed a consortium with a group of investors to buy 35 miles of this coast. The idea was to create a purpose-built holiday destination of villas, marinas and luxury hotels. Sardinia’s Costa Smeralda, the Emerald Coast, was born.
We found the area to be snooty and way over the top. When we sat at a table in a snack bar and tried to get a gelato, we were told that a waiter had to serve us and buying from the case was forbidden if you wanted to sit! Of course the cost was about triple the "take away" version. We were happy to leave Aga Khan' "paradise."
We continued on our very long journey that was actually longer than necessary, since we got lost! However, part of this extra route encountered a flock of sheep that was also using the road. We were in an incredible roadblock with bleating sheep, barking dogs and ringing bells.
We arrived at the hotel with just time for a shower and another heavy meal. We have a large room with a separate bath and lounge. The hotel is spread out over a large expanse and finding the room consisted in turning in the correct direction at the ceramic chickens that decorated the halls. This will be our home for the next 3 days.