Cala Gonone . . . Wow

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We’ve seen beauty everywhere this past year. Whether in marble, bronze, gold, fresco or oil, images of heaven have been depicted all over Italy; but none have been as stunning as the natural scenes made of sand and water in Sardinia.

After two days in San Teodoro, we traveled down the eastern coast to Cala Gonone, a town situated between rugged mountains of isolated wilderness and the cleanest, clearest water I’ve ever seen.

The nearby beaches are accessible only by water, so each morning, after packing sandwiches and a cooler of drinks, we rented a motor boat for the day and returned only after the sun had set behind the steep cliffs.

The farthest beach was only a 43 minute boat ride.

The farthest beach was only a 45 minute boat ride.

With her experience on sailboats, Stacia gets lots of practice tying knots so she was in charge of fastening the anchor.  Then Matt would pull up next to the beach and let us off before dropping the anchor 100 yards from shore and swimming in.

With her experience on sailboats, Stacia gets lots of practice tying knots, so she was in charge of fastening the anchor. Then Matt would pull up next to the beach and let us off before dropping the anchor 50 yards from shore and swimming in.

Cala --- the first beach we visited.  There were only a few other people there.  We found rocks to climb and deep water to dive into.

Cala Sorgente, the first beach we visited. There were only a few other people there. We found rocks to climb and deep, jeweled water for diving.

Stacia takes a leap.

Stacia takes a leap.

We also stopped at "Venus's Pools", a deep, green swimming hole away from the beaches.

We also stopped at “Venus’s Pool,” a crystal clear swimming hole offshore.

Cala Mariolu, with great jumping cliffs and another spectacular beach

Cala Mariolu, with great jumping cliffs and another spectacular beach

Matt on the edge . . .

Matt on the edge . . .

Tom's descent

Tom’s descent

While we were playing on the beach at Cala M, someone offered to take the boys on a mini scuba diving adventure.  They put on all the equipment and went for a short and shallow dive.

While we were playing on the beach at Cala Mariolu, someone offered to take the boys on a mini scuba diving adventure. They put on all the equipment and went for a short and shallow dive.

After leaving Cala Gonone, we met a proud Sardinian who shared his thoughts with us.  He said that when God created the earth, he was content, but then he created the island of Sardinia and was completely satisfied.

After leaving Cala Gonone, we met a proud Sardinian who shared his thoughts with us. He said that when God created the earth, he was content, but then he created the island of Sardinia and was overjoyed.

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5 thoughts on “Cala Gonone . . . Wow

  1. I cannot imagine a more enjoyable, beautiful and memorable way to round out the adventure in Italy. Love, Grandpa John

  2. What a perfect way to finish your travels in Italy. Sounds so relaxing, peaceful and the pictures are beyond awesome! I know you have such mixed feelings about leaving but know that there are so many of us here in the US who are anxiously awaiting your return and hearing all about your time and travels in Italy. Enjoy the final days with your Italian friends! Love you all!

  3. God, LOOK at that water. Wish I was there, wish you were here – either way :). Can’t wait to have you on the same continent again…

  4. You too must have been overjoyed this adventure. I LOVE water and swimming… finally, I was really envious of your Italian adventures. May you have sweet final days. Anita

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