Despite the slowing economy, this story shows that a bit of planning and research can put a dream vacation within anyone’s reach. The key is to become an independent and informed traveler with the help of guide books and online travel sites like the one featured in today’s post.
Some of you may recall my previous post about Paul and Sheila’s Spring Camping Adventure in Sardinia and Corsica. I’m happy to report they’ve updated their web site with some spectacular photos of Sardinia’s landscapes and archeological sites (which are very different from those found in Corsica).
Their Sardinia page is filled with detailed information on things to do and see. One of the most striking photos for me was the giant cliffs at Tavolara island which remind me of the Rock of Gibraltar.
For those who live in the UK this is a how-to manual to an awesome vacation. Paul and Sheila drove from England through the French countryside into Italy and then took a ferry from Livorno to Sardinia.
If you live in the U.S. you can save some money by flying into Italy or the South of France and then catching a ferry to explore one or both of these islands, or you can fly direct. (See the links below for more information on traveling to Sardinia).
A Taste of Sardinia in the U.S.
One of my favorite Sardinian cheeses is Fiore del Pastore (Shepherd’s Flower), a semi-hard spicy sheep’s milk cheese which I usually buy at the Ajaccio Fresh Produce Market in Corsica. This cheese is excellent for eating outdoors since it doesn’t require refrigeration.
The good news is that ItalFoods (based in San Francisco, CA) sells Fiore del Pastore and other delicacies, online, from Sardinia, Sicily and mainland Italy.