Glamorous Costa Smeralda: flash-bulb
sun captures her bronzed, botoxed beaches
diamante sea and pale, soft-focus sky;
air-brushed clouds float high above svelte yachts
designer tans and catwalk-cool cafes.
Ciao, playground of the rich as we head West.....
Alghero spurns fashion’s fads: slack-waisted
grey ramparts girdle the peeling, frayed town.
Proud Catalan past, beauty carved deep on
sun-etched stones. Beyond her worn walls, laughter-
lines on wrinkled sea; happy in her skin
she welcomes all in ageless, warm embrace.