In Sardinia everything shuts between 1pm and 4pm. If you're used to the 24hr culture of most cities across the UK this can be somewhat irritating. That is, until you adopt the Italian habit of relaxing in a shady pavement cafe, enjoying a lingering lunch or taking a siesta in the heat of the day. Then you can conserve your energies for the early evening passagiata when everyone wanders round town to see and be seen.
In this quiet time of day there is one species of Sardinian that gathers in groups on the shady benches and quiet squares. He's an older man, slightly balding with a tummy that speaks of years of being well fed on pasta and the local Cannonau red wine. Where is his wife? - why at home of course, while he passes the time of day with his peers, discussing politics, local issues, setting the world to rights.
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