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Wild blue yonder

Those who dare to spend their weekend hiking the Selvaggio Blu, Italy’s toughest trek, on Sardinia’s wild east coast, are rewarded with an experience few will ever have

'THIS LAND RESEMBLES NO OTHER PLACE. SARDINIA is something else. Enchanting spaces and distances to travel - nothing finished, nothing definitive. It is like freedom itself.' So wrote DH Lawrence in his 1921 travelogue Sea and Sardinia. Lawrence was bang on, I think, as I inch my way along a limestone cliff that falls abruptly to a sapphire sea. When I dare look over my shoulder, the view is indeed freedom itself: just the Mediterranean, the horizon and the vanishing point between. I feel like a tightrope artist performing a balancing act, placing one foot delicately in front of the other on the narrow ridge. I ponder how clumsy humans are, as two goats hoof it up the rocky ledge, and how ironic it is that life on the edge can feel so liberating.

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