Kissing in Cagliari, Sardinia

See? Kissing is an epidemic in Cagliari...

Every once in a while, I want to kiss a total stranger.  Before I know it, in mid-conversation, I’ll get this overwhelming urge to plant one on some poor unsuspecting fool that I have never met before.

It’s not a sexual thing, mind you, it’s just something that comes over me when someone, man or woman, (I go both ways) goes out of their way to be nice to me.

In Sardinia, this urge occurred on a daily basis and only due to the disapproving looks of my husband did I manage to control myself and my well-intentioned lips. But I do have to say that it was very difficult in this lovely Mediterranean island packed with exceptionally kind-hearted people.

I wanted to kiss the talkative older couple who gave us very animated directions to a great hotel when we were lost and grumpy.

I wanted to kiss the man at the reception when he said that he would give us a discount at said hotel because, “there was no sun out today”.

I wanted to kiss the lady at another hotel who giggled every time we spoke to her.

I wanted to kiss the older man that ran an old B&B out of his house when he grumpily ordered me to “finish my beer” when I mentioned that we were going out to dinner soon.

I wanted to kiss the pudgy Polizia who scoffed at us in a fatherly manner when we asked him if parking in the train station was free.

I wanted to kiss everyone who said, “prego”, which, in Italy, is everyone.

So you can see how this trip really turned into an exercise of self-control.  In order to distract myself, I decided to concentrate on seeing the sights and I soon discovered that Cagliari, Sardinia is one beautiful city.

Set on the coast with a elegant harbour at its feet, Cagliari is a classic Italian town with one or two main boulevards intertwined with mysterious side streets and secret plazas. The main tourist attraction is its old castle area set up a very steep hill. Quite the hike, but well worth the views of the city. Also, it serves as a distraction from kissing strangers.

View of Cagliari from the Hotel Due Colonne
The Cagliari Castle is at the top of the city. Its quite a hike, but the views are incredible.
View from the Cagliari Castle
Evening in Cagliari
There are quite a few terraces in this area that offer great views. I recommend going to all of them, each and every one.
Evening View
Cagliari Cathedral


So, I’ve got quite a bit to tell you about our trip to Cagliari: our trip to Pula and Nora, the beautiful beaches on the southern coast, celebrating Saint Efisio and oh, and I did manage to kiss three Italian mechanics, innocently enough.

So please stay tuned for more, prego?

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8 Responses to Kissing in Cagliari, Sardinia

  1. Erin says:

    Looking forward to hearing more! I’ve been running around so much lately I haven’t been able to catch up with you or your blog. Hope all is well!!!

  2. Cassandra says:

    These shots are lovely, and the experience could only have been enhanced by so many kind people! I especially love that second encounter you mention, of how the receptionist charged less since the weather wasn’t sunny.

    I recently had a similar experience; when I explained to the owner of my small hotel that I had arrived at 2:30 a.m. because of strikes, he profusely started apologizing on behalf of all of France. It’s incredible how kind acts from a stranger can restore faith in humanity!

    • Hamatha says:

      Thank you, Cassandra…

      I love your strike story as well! And yes, its incredible how small acts of kindness can just make your day. I didn’t even list the one about the very old Italian lady who gave me a free cookie she was selling on the street. Just that simple gesture made me tear up, well that and the fact that I love cookies. :)

      • Cassandra says:

        Wow!! When I went to Milan, I stopped a man to ask him to point me in the right direction. Before showing me the street on my map, he opened up a box of pizza and offered me a slice. This unexpected kindness is one of the details that stick with me a year after my trip, so I can understand how the cookie made you teary-eyed.

  3. Go ahead and spread the love, as long as the person not going to be culturally offended by it. It shows how much you appreciate their extra effort.

  4. You had a lovely day! Wow, people are amazingly hospitable. I used to have the same situation when travelling in France. We got back to the hotel way too late because of delayed flight and the staff were amazing and didn’t changed us that much. P.S. I wanna kiss a stranger!!!! :)

    • Hamatha says:

      Hi Agness!

      Thanks for the comment! And yes, one sure thing about traveling is that you really do see the good in people most of the time. Sure, there are bad things that happen now and again, but simple acts from kind people make me easily forget all the bad things that might make life a little difficult now and then.

      And I’m glad I’m not alone in my desire to innocently kiss random strangers!! ;)

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