Programme per day
- DAY 1: arrival in Cagliari and transfer via ‘prehistorical-world-center’. Photography tips throughout the day, during this roadmovie
- DAY 2: prehistorical ‘fairy-houses'(?), ‘1-euro-houses-village’, prehistorical temple tower house (?), visit to mask makers.
- DAY 3: visit to 2 festive pagan carnival villages with bonfires!
- DAY 4: Blue Zone inspiration personally, walking, visiting also difficult to photograph, mysterious prehistorical places.
- DAY 5: transfer with visits and flight back.
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PAGAN SARDINIAN CARNIVAL IN NOT THE EASIEST PHOTOGRAPHY CONDITIONSOn Sardinia Carnival maintains many pagan elements, pre-Christian. The church participates but only in the beginning. There are bonfires in every neighbourhood. Local wine and local sweets are shared. Villagers dance traditional dances. New light and new spark to nature symbolize a new beginning. And what the Sardinian name translated into ‘meat to be cut’ means? This is far from Venetian or Beerfest carnival, this is heartcore Sardinia, millennia old. Plus we visit the 1-euro-houses village. And this is the background to photography lessons throughout the day by photographer Dzidra Dubois. ‘If you can make them here, you can make them anywhare!’
Safely 🙂 guided by me, meeting Sardinians explaining and welcoming us to their initial village rites, before the official Sardinian carnivals begin around Mardi Gras etc., you will witness community feeling and pure connection to nature and tradition in a friendly atmosphere, surely miles and miles away from your normal whereabouts around mid January.
– Are you curious to know about the pagan Sardinian origins, see Sardinians wear also dark and animal masks and perform rites thousands of years old, stamping new life into the ground? And… curious how to make GOOD PICTURES in such difficult circumstances?
Meeting also master craftsmen of the traditional Sardinian carnival masks, that show their special collections, rich with intensely felt symbols. Meaningful. Deep community feeling, kept alive throughout millennia.
Including Sardinia’s Stonehenge, but much older than that and not reconstructed by man, and ‘co-incidentally’ at the centre of this island and… surprisingly, but we have proof 🙂 … the antique world
Wisely planned around the very special 16 and 17 January, when the catholic church calls it ‘Saint Anthony Abt’, well, yes, he did bring fire from the ‘underworld’ to our ‘upperworld’, but for the rest… The priest may bless the fire and walk twice around it, and then he withdraws. We learn how to make BETTER PICTURES than this.
Although in winter, the atmosphere is light in many ways: you learn how to walk more lightfootedly, on nature trails in the hilly interior of the Sardinian Barbagia region, the heart of Sardinia. Get also a good physical feel of the heart & soul of Sardinia!
We sleep in two characteristical agriturismo’s, holiday farms and B&B selected for their pureness and attachment to Sardinia. Not just by words but by personal character. Great people! All with a 9.0 grading at least on Booking.com. Food is all ‘chilometro zero’, very local indeed. First two nights in a B&B with ‘the best breakfast in the world’. Last three in a purest agriturismo you can imagine, led by a versatile, creative survivor, a small strong man. All around the mountain city of Gavoi.
Visiting two of the very traditional Sardinian carnival villages – Ottana and Mamoiada – at their ‘own’ event before the tourists come in February. Bonfires in every neighbourhood, with a special, profound meaning. And of course nice photo-opportunities.
-The price of 1500 euro included everything, thoughout the whole day phtography tips by Dzidra Dubois. Also coffeestops and excursions and entry fees and personal interpreting and all the shared food and local wine and water at dinner table. Lunch picknicks in nature!
-As for your flight from Charleroi to Cagliari: your first 50 euro of costs will be returned in cash immediately after your landing. Price is based on a minimum of 4 participants. 150 euro supplement applies for a single room. Only 7 places available.
-between light frost at night to up to 20 degrees at day. Great sunrises too!!!