David's Diary: Saturday, May 1, 2004

Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy

We woke up on our first full day in Cagliari to the sounds of a big festival. All through Europe, May 1st is the Labour Day holiday. In Cagliari, it is also the festival of Sant Efisio, the saint that is credited with saving the city more than four hundred years ago.


Figurehead of the S. Mircea


Parade for Sant Efisio


Elaborate costumes


Big hats


Crowds take in the parade


Horses are dressed too


Trotting down the main street


Crowds throng the sidewalk


Candy for sale...


Along with lots of other sweets


Personal service


Bright balloons reach for the sky


Food vendor


Liens and carpets for sale (carpets look Tunisian)


You want sausages?


Jewellery stall


Pottery (looks more Tunisian than Italian)


Bruce, Marian, and David enjoy lunch next to the main square


An old man dozes in the sunshine


Elephant Gate...


Towers over the street


Cars parked next to the old fortified wall


Roof top garden in the centre of the city


Cathedral di Santa Maria


Cagliari Harbour with war ships


Basketball Court


Athletic centre


Roof of Cathedral di Santa Maria


Ceiling details


Side chapel in the cathedral

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