We have a relaxed start this morning for our Alghero city tour. We are delighted to meet Sara, our guide who turns out to be the daughter of our guide in Sassari yesterday! She is studying for her law degree but works as a guide during the high season. We make a circuit through the old town, including the waterfront, the city wall, the cathedral and another church with a cloister. We’re a bit churched out at this point, but this is Italy and they do love to show off their churches!
We enjoy a wonderful lunch at Trattoria Al Refettorio, consisting of Fregola (Sardinia pasta) with clams, mixed fried fish, and a delicious cake for dessert. Lunch is followed by free time for siesta and catching up on news. Our thoughts are with all our Toto travelers who live in the path of Hurricane Irma! Please stay safe!
We go to the waterfront at 5pm to board a boat for an evening cruise on the bay, enjoying views of the city and the cape, and searching for dolphins. The scenery is stunning, especially as the sunlight is illuminating the city at the end of the day.
One interesting feature of our walk through Alghero is a series of large posters highlighting citizens who have lived to the age of 100 or beyond. Here are three of them. They give us hope that traveling in this wonderful island, and eating the same dishes that have sustained them for so long will have a similar effect. Perhaps we should eat more?
Several of us decide to go to an al fresco restaurant near our hotel for dinner, in hopes of calling it an early night to prepare for our early departure tomorrow. We found the food disappointing, not at all as described on the menu, and voiced our displeasure (somewhat loudly). After the heated exchange and some intercession by our wonderful guide, Rosa, the owner said our drinks and dinner were on the house, and he would not accept any payment! That was a welcome outcome, and left a good taste in our mouths as we said goodnight.