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    After an absorbingly interesting afternoon we return to the ship, and I take my afternoon tea out on deck.


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        The pilot departs, and Serenissima leaves Tunis, and indeed Tunisia. An overnight journey of some 170 nautical miles lies ahead, though it is not the original course intended. Serenissima will once again be continent-hopping!

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          What an absolutely amazing journey you have made: not only with the ship, but also ashore to some pretty beautiful places. I'm amazed.

          And, that carrot cake (?) looks absolutely yummy!!
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            It had sesame seeds in it, pakarang. Yes, absolutely yummy, especially eaten sitting outside in the equally delectable surroundings of the aft deck!

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              Day 12 – Cagliary, Sardinia

              The original itinerary would have taken Serenissima to Algeria, but following heightened security issues and no guarantee of the availabilty of the armed guards/police escort as required by the government, alternative plans were made a couple of weeks before the cruise commenced. All the substituted places were totally new to me anyway.

              So here is a lovely early morning pilot boat picture as Serenissima, back in Europe and indeed Italy, approaches the port of Cagliary in the south of the island of Sardinia.

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                Arriving by sea gives a great vista of the city, topped by the Castello which I'll have a chance to visit later.

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                  A view of the ro-ro ferry Dimonios, as we arrive at the quay.


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                    In the morning I took the excursion to the archaeological site of Nora, situated on the promontory of Capo di Pula.



                    The site is extensive, even though it has not all been excavated as it includes land part of a military zone. Further areas lie beneath the sea, as this part of the Mediterranean has been subject to sea-level changes since prehistoric times.



                    Human settlement in Sardinia dates from the Bronze Age, and is known as the Nuragic civilisation. In Nora this was followed by the Phoenicians, and subsequently Carthaginians and Romans before the city gradually declined and was eventually abandoned during the 8th century.

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                      Of course I had been reading about Algerian rather than Sardinian antiquities before the cruise, and Nora is for sure the kind of archaeological site that really depends on some pre-knowledge or the guides at the site to bring it 'alive' for a mixed group of tourists. (I came away still puzzled by a number of things, though was able to catch up at the museum visit in Cagliari in the afternoon!)

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                        There are Roman mosaics in situ.






                        We had some time for refreshments at the site ... indulged in an ice cream... before strolling back to the buses past a beach where people were bathing and I had to remind myself that this was November!

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                          Back to the ship for lunch.



                          Then a moment for some shipspotting, including the Moroccan-flagged Kenza, a name which seemed slightly familiar. I now find the ship was in the news earlier, seized for unpaid debts.

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                            In the bus for the afternoon excursion, it occurred to me to take a photo of the bus as well as ones from the bus! Apart from the day with an excursion choice, there were always three buses, each with one of the Noble Caledonia team as well as the local guide. So, although the type of bus naturally varied, it was always uncrowded and comfortable. I usually headed towards the rear with a seat to myself, even able on occasions to change seats across the aisle should that side offer more favourable photo opportunities!



                            I seem to have been in a different photographic mood than usual that day, and rather than snaps with the sole purpose of reminding myself later of the route and local character of the areas we drove through, I have this shadow of a palm tree on the pavement looking as if it is painted on graph paper...



                            ...and this which looks like my 'skyscapes' of a few years ago!

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                              After passing some holiday beaches, we continued inland and uphill, with views across extensive areas of marsh and salt flats.

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                                Back in the town we leave the bus and visit the National Archaeological Museum. The collections there put the morning tour to Nora into perspective for me, seeing objects that had been found there, but finds found all over Sardinia and from many eras are exhibited.



                                This is a necklace with faïence (vitreous paste) amulets, of the Punic period.

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