One to Grow On

June 29, 2010

Big Rocks by the Sea

Filed under: animals, children, food, Food Allergies, Italy — midway2go @ 7:05 am

Question:  What’s more fun than beautiful, swimmable sea?

Answer:    Beautiful, swimmable sea plus great climbing rocks!

Last week we floated across the Mediterranean on a ferry from Barcelona to the Italian island of Sardinia. Well, it’s heaven. We’re camping in Palau, on the northeastern corner in a busy part of the island called the Costa Smeralda.  Our campsite is surrounded by huge granite boulders and overlooks a tiny little inlet teeming with sea creatures. Rory spends all his time 30 feet off the ground, scampering around rocks and hiding from the sun and wind in a little cave he found, tucked into the side of a rock wall.   Nora filled up her bucket with sea snails, hermit crabs, and loads of kelp, before commandeering my dish pan and graduating to sea urchins and jellyfish.  She managed to catch five jellyfish before we learned that the gorgeous pink ones give a nasty sting.  She escaped unharmed.  An Italian named Aldo took us under his tutelage, and we learned all about urchins.  We sat there by the edge of the sea and ate the creamy orange eggs straight from the shell.  Then he took Rory out snorkeling to show him where to find them.   No wonder we came, planning to stay a couple of nights, and stayed a week.



  1. Truly remarkable rocks!!! I am sure Rory and Nora thought they had arrived in “rock heaven.” The pictures are so adorable. What a treasure to have to look back on next year this time. Wow, I had no idea the beautiful setting you were in–no wonder you stayed a week. As I look, I am wondering which rock Nora tumbled off from….. Thanks and love to you all, Nana

    Comment by Joan King--Nana — June 29, 2010 @ 8:10 am

  2. What a dreamy landscape. The children look so happy. Miss you. Jill

    Comment by Jill — June 29, 2010 @ 8:16 am

  3. Chrislyn, how can you see? Rory is seeing the world through your eyes. Nora and Rory have both developed Chrislyn and Brandon’s love of the water and rocks. Did you see the mermaid under the water in you first largest photo? Nora gets to explore the sea creatures through Brandon’s eyes. Flexibility has given three a great adventure. Thank you for sharing your vision. Yeah! Sardinia. Love, Grandma Barbara

    Comment by Barbara — June 29, 2010 @ 9:20 am

  4. This looks like someplace to camp forever! Gorgeous!

    Comment by sally — June 29, 2010 @ 9:43 pm

  5. I see the mermaid too!

    Comment by sally — June 29, 2010 @ 10:17 pm

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