The Smurf House of Tempio Pausania

Did you know – that there is a small smurf house nestled in the valley at Monte Pulchiana in the province of Tempio Pausania? I didn’t either until a wonderful outdoor excursion brought me there recently. In reality, this granite mass is called a tafone. Tafoni(plural) are small to large cave-like features that develop within the natural face of granite or sandstone. Obviously, someone had the brilliant idea to turn this tafone into a little smurf home. Love it!

Otherwise known (in Sardinia) as The Smurf House or Casa dei Puffi. This smurf house sits on private property and you cannot access it without permission from the owners, and from what I’ve been told, this little house is used as a farmer’s shed. You can drive by the property to see this house, however, there are many ‘do not enter’ signs on the gate. This day the gate was open and I took a quick chance and stepped onto the property to grab a quick photo.

If I could, I would love to live in a little house like this. What about you?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Create

Sardinian Cork Planks from The Gallura

Sardinian cork oak grows in abundance in the northwestern part of the island. The forests are large and breathtaking. The capital of cork in Sardinia is a small mountain town called Calangianus in the province of Olbia-Tempio.

These cork planks will be used to create some fascinating items like: kitchen utensils, serving trays, containers, insulation, spice stands and various souvenirs like: purses, notebooks and postcards.

85% of Italy’s bottled cork comes from the Gallura. Cork oak is first harvested when the tree reaches the age of 25-30 years and then harvested every 10 years after. The lifespan of a cork oak 150 years.

See what other bloggers are creating in this week’s challenge.

Video – Carnival Tempio Pausania 2011

Carnival Tempio Pausania 2011. Parade for the kids, this is judging time and dance time!

Carnival Tempio Pausania Event Listings 2012

Welcome to Carnival Tempio Pausania, Sardinia, Italy

Below you will find the three major parade dates and time listings for major events.
Main events are held on February 16, 19 and 21.

Thursday, February 16

  • 12pm – King Giorgio makes his grand entrance into the city of Tempio Pausania – Via Matteotti.
  • 3:30pm – The grand parade of floats, dance troupes, flag throwers and musicians begins.
  • 7pm – In Piazza Gallura. The engagement dinner honouring King Giorgio and Mannena is celebrated with organized caterers from Tempio Pausania.
  • 9:30pm – Live music.

Sunday, February 19

  • 12pm – Corso Matteotti – King Giorgio’s bride Mannena enters the city.
  • 3:30pm – The grand parade of floats, music and majorettes begins. During the parade King Giorgio and Mannena are married by the Mayor of Tempio Pausania.
  • 7pm – Piazza Gallura – pre-judging of the floats is carried out, set against live music until 9:30pm.

Tuesday, February 21

  • 3:30pm – The finale grand parade begins with music, dance troupes, majorettes, flag throwers. Final judging on floats and dance troupes are done throughout the parade. Winners are announced at the end.
  • 7pm – Largo XXV Aprile – Grand finale of Carnival Tempio Pausania with fireworks and music.
  • 10pm – Final salute to Carnival with live music.

For a complete line-up of events in Tempio Pausania please visit Carrasciali Timpiesu.

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