Mare e Monte

Mare e Monte
Mare e Monte

In Italy,”mare e monte” usually refers to a recipe composed of an ingredient that derives from the “ocean” and another that derives from the “mountains.” In this case, (in terms of this Blog post), “mare e monte” refers to how we spend our leisure time, here in Sardinia…at the beach or in the mountains!

We were in full-fledged vacation mode upon our arrival in Sardinia two weeks ago. Unfortunately, the weather had decided to play a trick on us. Instead of basking in the sun for the first weeks of our vacation, we were greeted with rain, wind, and cloudy skies!

What do you do when you can’t go to the beach? Well, you go to the mountains…or in this case “in campagna” (the countryside) at your friend’s resort hotel in the hills!


On this particular sunny day (windy, but sunny) we spent the afternoon with friends at Tenuta Pilastru.


As we were heading off my son reminded us how we had promised to show him his “zio’s” tractor…so we made our way across the hotel grounds to the family farm…


stopped to say hello to some old friends…


and then we saw it…THE tractor!

My son is fascinated at the moment with tractors, in fact, the bigger the better! So you can imagine his sheer amazement when he finally saw a REAL one!

Although he was excited, something about this picture shows his anxiousness and trepidation (or was he just so in shock?!).


Nothing a drive around the farm can’t fix!

Aaaaand they’re off… 😉


By the time they returned, my son seemed to have mastered it!

Although this experience might seem insignificant (I mean, it’s a tractor!), my son was elated…and of course, as a parent, I couldn’t have been more humbled and happy to see my son so excited about this moment!


Sardinia, the land of stunning beaches and quaint little towns, also has a ruggedness to it…gorgeous rocky hills and mountains, bountiful farmlands, breathtaking countrysides…and…tractors! 😉


15 thoughts on “Mare e Monte”

  • Terri Lynn Grothe 9 years ago

    haha, so adorable. Looks like a great time

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies 9 years ago

      Thanks! I didn’t look like it but I he had a blast!

  • How cute!! I personally love the rain and clouds, but I suppose when you are expecting sun basking, that could be a problem. Looks like you had a really nice stay.

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies 9 years ago

      I actually don’t mind rain or clouds…when I’m at home! And you’re right, it’s usually sunny and 90 degrees here ALL summer so two weeks of rain and clouds is a problem!!! 😉

  • mail4rosey 9 years ago

    Look at him so cute in the tractor! My husband gets excited over tractors and he’s 49. Some things you just don’t outgrow I guess. 😉

  • Antonietta 9 years ago

    OMG! Andrea looks so old in these pics!! Wish we were there this year…. 🙁

  • Looks like you (and the kids) are having a wonderful time in Sardinia. It looks so beautiful from your pictures and one day I would love to visit.

  • monica 9 years ago

    I LOVE seeing glimpses of your vacation life in Sardinia. I would LOVE to go someday and it’s amazing that you spend so much time in Italy. Enjoy!

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies 9 years ago

      Monica, if you ever get a chance you should come…it’s beautiful here! Consider the invite “sent!” 😉

  • Paul L. Corda 9 years ago

    You complain about the weather in Sardinia….I rather be there than having lousy weather in Canada…The temp went down to 14°C the other day and it’s raining just about every other day. So there, stop complaining.

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies 9 years ago

      Wow! Seriously?! That’s crazy! Ok, no MORE complaining!!!!

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