Text in italics from D.H. Lawrence (1921) Sea and Sardinia , an account of his 9-day trip around my island.

Strange the feeling round the harbour:


as if everybody had gone away. Yet, there are people about.



But it is so different from Sicily: none of the suave Greek-Italian charms, none of the airs and graces, none of the glamour.
Rather bare, rather stark, rather cold and yellow.




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We set off up a steep, new, broad road with little trees on either side. But stone, arid, new, wide stone, yellowish under the cold sky -- and abandoned-seeming.



Though, of course, there are people about. The north wind blows bitingly. We climb a broad flight of steps, always upwards, up the wide, precipitous, dreasy boulevard with sprouts of trees. After a really good meal we went out to see the town. It was after three o'clock and everywhere was shut up like an English Sunday.



Cold, stony Cagliari: in summer you must be sizzling hot Cagliari, like a kiln. The men stood about in groups, but without the intimate Italian watchfulness that never leaves a passer-by alone.
Strange, stony Cagliari. We climbed up a street like a corkscrew stair-way ... Cagliari is very steep.


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Half-way up there there is a strange place called the bastions, a large, level space loke a drill ground with trees, curiosly suspended over the town, and sending off a long shoot like a wide viaduct, across over the corkscrew street that comes climbing up.



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Above this bastion place the town still rises steeply to the Cathedral

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and the fort.


What is so curious is that this terrace or bastion is so large,

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like some big recreation ground, that is almost dreary, and one cannot understand its being suspended in mid-air.
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Down below is the little circle of the harbour. To the left, a low, malarian-looking sea plain, with tufts of palm trees and Arab-looking houses.


From this runs out the long spit of land wowards the black-and-white watch-fort,the white road trailing forth.


On the right, most curiously, a long strange spit of sand runs in a cause-way far across the shallows of the bay,
with the open sea on one hand,





and vast, end of the world lagoons on the other.





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There are peaky, dark mountains beyond this -- just as across the vast bay are gloomy hills. It is a strange, strange landscape: as if here the world left off.
The bay is vast in itself;



and all these curious things happening at its head: this curious,craggy-studded town, like a great stud of house-covered rock jutting up out of the bay flats:



around it on one side the weary, Arab-looking, palm-desolated malarial plain, and on the other side great salt lagoons,



dead beyond the sand-bar: these backed again by serried, clustered mountains, suddenly, while away beyond the plain, hills rise to sea again.

Land and sea both seem to give out, exhausted, at the bay head: the world's end. And into this world's end starts up Cagliari, and on either side, sudden, serpent-crest hills.

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But it still reminds me of Malta: lost between Europe and Africa and belonging to nowhere.
Belonging to nowhere, never having belonged to nowhere ... Left outside of time and history.
Hey Tanit,
those are not all pic of your City, are they? They are of Sardegna in general, right? Well, you don't need to show me any pics to convince me Sardegna is beautiful, lol.La Sardegna bella e', eh-ja. Emotion: stick out tongue
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Its really wonderful ! You are happy to live in so amazing place. World so big and have so many interesting place for one live . Thanks you
KooyeenHey Tanit,
those are not all pic of your City, are they? They are of Sardegna in general, right?
Hi K.

No no Emotion: shake, they are ALL pictures of Cagliari!!!
The beach ("Poetto") with its Spanish tower surrounded by the palms, the lagoons ("Molentargius" and "Santa Gilla"), the watch-fort ("Calamosca"), the commercial port and the tourist one ... all of them are part of the city.
Oh, and the pink flamingoes are neighbours of mine, since their nests are within walking distance of my house Emotion: wink
ISU_152Its really wonderful ! You are happy to live in so amazing place. World so big and have so many interesting place for one live . Thanks you
Thanks for posting here, ISU!
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