Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Day 18 - Olbia daytrip

Our first stop was the city of Olbia on the Italian island of Sardinia. We had organised to hire a car and as Anne-Marie had left her licence at home Reuben was forced to drive. A fiat panda, left hand drive, manual and of course driving on the other side of the road, he only tried to enter the freeway up the exit ramp once. Thankfully Italians don't know what an indicator is so his was not missed. We had organised a tour at a winery only 10 mins from the city, "Tenute Olbios". We were surprised to be the only ones for a two hour personalised tour with the wine maker herself. She walked us through her organic vineyard, the cellar, bottling and processing as we tasted four wines and ate local cheeses and olives. It was an incredible experience, by far the most intimate wine tasting we have ever experienced. On the winemakers advice we then enjoyed local fish for lunch at a quite restaurant on the wharf and visited some old castle ruins.
Our ship the Costa Serena from the laundromat across the bay. 

Yummy fresh shellfish for starters.

In another arch in another castle ruin.

Back aboard in clean clothes, look at those smiles. Nothing to do with the 120ml (12cl (centilitre) according to these crazy Italians) of spirits in the drinks promise.

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