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! 😉