Sardinia’s Wild Heart Beats in Barbagia

59 thoughts on “Sardinia’s Wild Heart Beats in Barbagia”

  1. Thank you for showing me a part of Sardinia that is so different from the Sardinia I conjure up from postcards and narratives from my sun-worshipping German relatives (not that there’s anything wrong with sun-worshipping). These towns look exquisite (especially love your streets of Nuoro photo). I must say that those are some of the most frightening costumes I’ve seen (those masks and hooded figures…enough to give you nightmares).

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    1. They are rather wild, those costumes. I would run for the hills if I saw the figures in person. Thank you for indulging me, Caroline. It is a rather fascinating side to this country which is otherwise known for its posh beach resorts. These villages are not like little time capsules. xx

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  2. Fascinating post and photogenic places indeed ,it is interesting to read about the traditions and see the various costumes of those days, the sheepskin one and others must have been so labor intensive to make.

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    1. They are odd things. I am glad they were just dummies and not the real thing! Thanks Jamie. My photos were a bit too tinted in those days but too late now to do anything about it. Except return 🙂 xx

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  3. I have always wanted to visit Sardinia, mostly for the food, but this region founds fascinating and fun to visit too!

    So, what are myrtle berries? What do they taste like?

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    1. Josy you would love it I think.
      Think herby and a bitter aftertaste, slight though, and reminiscent of almonds. I also thought I detected aniseed-y notes. xx

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      1. I wonder too. You see I had it as liqueur which was strong. But then it is a berry, so how disastrous can it be? 😉

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    1. I remember and also this that you got hold of marvellous sunny weather while I caught the worst of its winds! 🙂

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      1. We were there in August so chances of good weather were high. It was still windy. I think it’s always windy there! 🤷🏼‍♀️ I’m sure it was still stunning!

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      2. You are right, it is always windy. I wonder if it compares to Chicago! Since I have not been there I have no idea but I hear such tales about Chicago’s windy climes.
        It was stunning, quite brooding, and we had the island quite to ourselves because it was off-peak season. Blue skies would have made for perfect beach weather, but well, more reason to return! xx

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  4. Barbagia is such a fascinating place! I can only imagine how it must be to encounter a procession of supernatural – looking beings marching down the peaceful streets with a cacophony of ear splitting bells. Would love to see that! 😉 Wonderful post! Neek

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    1. It would be spooky and thrilling, right? Quite an experience in itself, I am sure, and might make me believe in the reasoning of the people who could conjure up such frightful visions 😉 Thank you Neek! I appreciate you lending your imagination here. xx

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      1. I just had a major chemical allergic reaction that cause 103.8 fever and was hospitalized for 3 days over the weekend, but I’m recovering. I’m fine right now, thank you. 🙂 xox

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      2. Oh no, I am sorry to hear about it, Miriam. What was the allergic reaction to? It must have been so alarming! I am glad to hear that you are recovering now though. Hugs. xx

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    1. They do give you such an insight into any place. Like a summary of its people and history in a way 🙂 I have to drag Adi to any museum! 😛 Does Rory like spending time in museums? xx

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      1. Oh gosh, I empathise with us then. Adi comes with but with the aim of whirling through very unsubtly.

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  5. There is much to be said for being true to oneself and not adhering to what one is told one must join to. These people, this place is a shining example of real self-sufficiency – that which means your minds are not molded by whatever the authorities (in this case the church in Rome) says you must do. I love the wildness, and I love the simplicity that shines through your writing of this very evocative piece. Xx

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    1. Thank you Osyth. I fell in love with it too…that simplicity of Sardinia which was completely at odds with what I had heard of it as the playground for the famous.
      How is the process of the move coming along? xx

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  6. Fascinating! Our short road trip in Sardinia merely hugged the coastline, we didn’t venture into its heart. However, looking at those masks and costumes, maybe that wasn’t so bad. A lovely tale and gorgeous photos as always – thanks for sharing.

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    1. Tee hee those masks would give me a proper fright if I witnessed the carnivals in person — though I think it might be quite the experience too. The coastline is a solid dose of beauty and I cannot raise my eyebrows 🙂 Thank you Sheree! xx

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    1. Haha Diana, thanks 🙂 They could travel to Siberia and possibly keep warm! Possibly being the keyword here. Hope you are well. xx

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    1. True.
      Happy Easter Jo! Are you heading somewhere for the bank holiday? We are planning to head to catch the Easter Parade in NYC and scoff a few chocolate eggs 🙂

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      1. Sounds great. 🙂 🙂 Been giving our UK house a little much needed TLC before the estate agent gets here. It’s wet outside and I tend to avoid Bank Holiday crowds. No need when you have all week. But if I were in the Algarve there is a magnificent Flower Torches procession on Sunday.

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      2. Flower torches! Stokes the imagination. I shall look it up. Your heart is all the Algarve’s 🙂 Have fun anyway. It is wet at our end too and I am hoping it clears up with sparkling skies this weekend.

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      3. So true to the name, they actually carry torches made of flowers. Exquisite. This world of ours is too fascinating. xx

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    1. Thank you Annika 🙂 You are most kind and the food would probably thrill you just because it is different. xx

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      1. This was from my travels in the days before Easter of 2015. It is easier to travel in Europe, you know, what with the compact size of it and cheap air tickets. It is a heartache — not to be able to do it as often. xx

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    1. Count me in. It is interesting though that the locals tap in to the dark side of life with such creativity.
      I thought the berries looked like olives too! 🙂 xx

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  7. It seems so ancient, the landscape and the countryside. And then you’re in the village or the town and you see the stone buildings with iron railings, which seems timeless. The costumes! They seem like something from a movie. Wow. 🙂

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    1. I quite fell for the quaintness of those stone houses and the wrought iron work. And well noted on the costumes, they do look so theatrical that you would be forgiven for thinking that they were conceived on the sets of a play/film. xx

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  8. Those costumes?! Games of Thrones springs to mind (sorry). They are scary, no? I imagine Sardinia to be all beaches and sunshine so it’s lovely to see a different side to it for a change. I’m purging your posts all on one Sunday to catch up -how lovely!

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    1. Thank you for the Sunday attention 🙂 My blog is feeling the extra love. Sardinia is indeed lovely beaches and sunshine too. I have so many posts from there but going to put them up slowly.
      Oh yes, those costumes are certainly ominous. I can imagine them in GoT 😉 xx

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