As those who follow me on Instagram might have guessed, I've been on a little holiday. After a summer of no sun, and a hell of a tough month at work, I was feeling incredibly sorry for myself until I landed in sun-soaked Cagliari. As a fresh graduate, with consecutive years of studying behind me, I have never tasted the sweetness of an October summer holiday, and let me tell you: oh it was sweet.
Cagliari is the capital of Sardinia, surrounded by the sun-drenched Mediterranean sea. We headed to the south of the island for the highest chance of heat, and we struck lucky with a week of high-twenties and pure blue skies. But it wasn't just the 7km beach and fresh seafood and pasta that we fell in love with; for me, it was the multi-coloured streets, lined with parked vespas and drying laundry and curious faces poking out at that pale tourist couple with their cameras glued to their hands. I could have wandered through the streets for days, exploring the narrow winding passages and escaping from the intense sun above.
Before the holiday I made a last-minute summer wardrobe purchase - pretty inappropriate given that it was already late September: these incredible trousers from Lavish Alice. I mean, really, have you ever seen a more fun pair of trousers?! They're wide leg, knitted, and have a full-length split. Hell-o. However, I really need to add in a stitch or two a few inches down because some Sardinian men definitely got a good glimpse of the ol' thigh when there was a breeze, which I definitely wasn't expecting!
Lavish Alice split trousers | Ted Baker bag | Stan Smith trainers | Meller Sunglasses
Hidden amongst the restaurants and cafes that line the streets in Marina, the hub of the city, was Durke. Wooden shelves and tables covered in dozens of flavours of amaretti biscuits were all that filled this unassuming bakery, along with a wall-to-ceiling oven that the handmade goods are cooked in. We were enamoured by the shop owner, who spoke Italian, English, German and French within the 10 minutes that we (and a handful of other intrigued tourists) were waiting to be served. Luckily, these biscuits are so good that they were hunted down by Selfridges and Harrods to be sold here in London, so when my two boxes are empty I know where I can go to get my amaretti fix...
We split our week between soaking up the sun and swimming in the bath-like water at Poetto beach, wandering the multi-coloured streets, riding Segways like the hipsters that we are, and eating bowl after bowl of fresh seafood pasta and bottle after bottle of delicious local wine. If you're looking for a late summer escape, or are just planning ahead for next year, I cannot recommend Sardinia enough.
Have you ever been to Cagliari or Sardinia? Where would you recommend for a late summer getaway?
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