Inland Sardinia

 

The forests of the Barbagia, into which we now penetrated, like those of the Gallura, are principally virgin forests…..Thomas Forester, Rambles ..London 1858

Monte Novo San Giovanni Orgosolo IV
Orgosolo Mount Novo San Giovanni -Inland Sardinia photo by Daigo Sakanatravel 2017

 

Gavoi I
Gavoi typical houses photo by F.F. Sakanatravel 2017

The mountaineers of Barbagia have been distinguished from the earliest times for their indomitable courage and spirit of independence. Some of the best ancient writers relate that Iolaus, son of Iphicles, king of Thessaly, and nephew of Hercules, settled Greek colonies in this part of the island… and it declared that, on their establishing themselves in Sardinia, they would never be conquered ….Thomas Forester, Rambles ..London 1858.

Mamuthones mask Sa Bisera I
Mamoiada Carnival ” Sa Bisera” Mamuthones Mask photo by F.F. Sakanatravel 2017

 

Monte Novo San Giovanni Orgosolo I
Orgosolo Mount Novo San Giovanni -Inland Sardinia photo by Daigo Sakanatravel 2017

Imagine the grassy margin of a rivulet, surrounded by thick bushes, which spread in brakes throughout the glen under scattered oaks, intermingled with crags and detached masses of rock, covered with white lichens….Thomas Forester, Rambles …London 1858.

Gavoi Gusana Lake
Gavoi Gusana Lake photo by F.F. Sakanatravel 2017

 

 

Issohadores I
Mamoiada Carnival Issohadores detail of Mask photo by F.F. Sakanatravel 2017
Orgosolo Murales II
Orgosolo Town Murales photo by Daigo Sakanatravel 2017

The forest covered only the lower slopes of the valley; above it stretched the bare ribs of the Gennargentu – the principal mountain range of Sardinia….The Gennargentu are imposing by their mass rather than by their height….Flitch, John Ernest Crawford. Mediterranean Moods ..Grant Richards: London 1911.

Gavoi
Gavoi landascape photo by F.F. Sakanatravel 2017

 

 

Orgosolo Murales
Orgosolo Town Murales photo by Daigo Sakanatravel 2017

Further searches in the saddle-bags revealed peas and artichokes, goats’ milk cheese in bladders, and an uncommon kind of bread, baked in flat, round loaves which contained nothing but air.

Flitch, John Ernest Crawford. Mediterranean Moods…Grant Richards: London 1911.

Pani Guttiau Gavoi
Gavoi Pani Guttiau Traditional Sardinian inland bread photo by F.F.Sakanatravel 2017

…the air was still and heavy with the perfume of wild thyme….the only noise was the soothing drone of insects and the munching of the horses as they cropped the rich virgin pasture. Flitch, John Ernest Crawford. Mediterranean Moods…Grant Richards: London 1911.

Path to Monte Novo San Giovanni Orgosolo
Orgosolo path to the mountain photo by Daigo Sakanatravel 2017

Texts in this post : During a Hunting expedition travelling from Ozieri into the edge of  Barbagia area in Sardinia. Thomas Forester, Rambles in the Islands of Corsica and Sardinia with Notices of their History, Antiquities, and Present Condition. London Longman, Brown, Green Longmans and Roberts 1858. 

and Travelling from Aritzo to Desulo and towards the mountains of Gennargentu Flitch, John Ernest Crawford. Mediterranean Moods. Footnotes of travel in the islands of Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Sardinia. Grant Richards: London 1911

 

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