Friday, October 20, 2017
You know Sardinia was never on my radar - until.....
We met Franco Patteri a head waiter with Princess on the Royal almost three years ago. We instantlly hit it off and then meeting his lovely girlfriend Laura on one of the legs who he then formally proposed to I knew we would be life long friends.
When it came to planing their wedding we were honoured when they included us in their wedding. This whole trip was planned around their big day.
Our flight to Sardinia is a short one, but somehow a 1 and half hour flight takes five hours - arriving at airport, dropping bags, clearing security, waiting for gate, waiting for boarding, actual flight, waiting for bags. I really miss the train trips.
We flew with Easyjet (our first experience) and even though booking was easy, price was so right, the actual plane is not one you would want to be on for anything longer than two hours. So overall we can't complain, and it got us to a beautiful place quickly.
As soon as I saw Sardinia from the air I nudged Bernie and said "this feels right".
Laura and Franco were there to greet us with hugs and kisses and soon we were on the road to Orosei - about an hour's drive from Olbia where we flew in to.
Franco proudly describes his home and the surroundings. We are impressed. Traffic comes to a sudden halt because a truck is turning, but after 30 seconds we are on our way again with few cars in our way. This is not the mainland of Italy anymore. Bliss.
We are off to Franco's sister's home for a welcome lunch.
As soon as we step out of the car we are greeted by kisses and hugs. We feel like family! We meet Laura's sister and her family (including two beautiful young girls), her Mom and Day, Laura's 2nd cousin and his wife, Franco's sister and her husband - the hosts.
As we are led to the house to the long table set for a feast we are stopped dead in our tracks by the view. I swear I could be in a movie!
We start with wine - made from the grape vines we are looking at. Then pasta, roasted peppers, potatoes, eggplant, cucumbers, radicchio and so much more. Patrina (hope i have that right) and her husband are such gracious hosts. Just a mention of something and she is out with it!
For dessert we have a Sardinia favorite - a cheese filled pastry that is served with sugar or honey (also local). OMG to die for!
The after dinner wines come out (again all homemade) and well I have to try both. The first almost knocks me on off my feet... hmm Bernie can you finish. The second made from a bean (sorry by this time I was feeling no pain) is still strong but very nice. Thankfully these are small servings and we can savour them, like a fine Cognac.
Then of course espresso.
As I sip it and stare out at the view, listen to those around this large table all I want to do is pinch myself. How lucky are we.
I am living a dream.