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Oct 3, 2018 - Ajaccio to Calvi via Corte

Headed inland today to Corte which is in the centre of Corsica. A good road through the mountains and a major route across the island. Today there is a slight smattering of snow on the highest peaks and our first stop was at a mountain pass where a group of people travelling on Harley Davidson motorcycles was gathered as well as a large log truck. Mountains all round and as we headed down small villages perched on top or sides of mountains gave plenty of photo opportunities. A railway line, narrow gauge runs through this area and we passed...

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Oct 2, 2018 - Mountains and sea

My birthday started with our group singing Happy Birthday at breakfast and a card with messages from all in the group and has ended with dinner tonight and a special bottle of wine. So a short entry tonight and unfortunately no photos because the connection is too slow. We travelled north today initially inland but then along lovely coast then inland again as no coastal road right around but we came to an area where we all got off the bus and walked the next kilometre or so to take in the magnificent rock formations of the red granite. Just...

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Oct 1, 2018 - Bonifacio to Ajaccio

Leaving Bonifacio we travelled inland. Houses now are stone and no longer the pretty Mediterranean pastels, but they have their own charm. Corsica is a region of France, not what all people want and there is still a strong element seeing Corsican identity as the most important. Corsica is divided by a mountains range from the North West to the South East with granite in the more northerly and limestone in the South as we saw yesterday when the ferry brought us in to the white cliffs. Our first stop was at the village of Sartene where we...

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Sep 30, 2018 - Corsica

Very early start for the ferry trip form the northwest of Sardinia across just 12km of water to Bonifacio in Corsica. Started with lunch at the edge of the marina then headed along to catch the small train which took us up to the fort which is actually a citadel containing winding streets, shops, churches. Etc. A thirty min trip in the bus took us further along the coast to Ponto Vechio which looks to be another holiday spot complete with marina with many luxury yachts. Ablemto rest before dinner which was good - a tomato salad, then sole...

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Sep 8, 2018 - Ajaccio

Arrived at Ajaccio yesterday. Visited the Napoleon museum and learned more about him than we ever wanted to know. We attended a polyphonic corses concert last night. One of us enjoyed it and for the other, it was the most painful hour and one half of the his life. Today we took a short ride to the outskirts of the city and a beach and then toured the art museum of old masters. There is a large cruise ship here today so lots of tourists. Interesting relationship exists between the Corsicans and the French. They don't like each other but...

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Italian Islands 2018

Sep 6, 2018 - Corte

Better bus day. For me and the bus! Visited the oldest church on Corsica and then traveled to Corte. It is a very clean and tidy town. In the city museum we saw a replica of the 14th century brotherhood and unlike the KKK they were not the bad guys but those that just refused to be seen to take a political stance on issues. A bit strange. We are staying at a hotel along a gorge that offers terrific views.

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Sep 5, 2018 - Cape Corse

It was a tough day. Six hours or so on narrow, windy roads. I did not fare well nor did our bus. About a km from downtown Bastia, the air brakes gave out and the bus came to a grinding stop (in rush hour traffic on a narrow, windy road). We walked to our next tour stop and a replacement bus brought us safely home. Tomorrow we have only an hour and a half ride. ☺️

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Italian Islands 2018

Sep 3, 2018 - Arrived at Bastia, Corsica

We arrived at Bastia, Corsica about 3:30 p.m. It was a relatively smooth journey. No flight attendant, pilot or ATC strike. Worrying about them for the last week did the job, I guess. Our cabbie from the airport to our hotel introduced us to the narrow island roads, and the crazy cabbies (115 km in a 70 kmph zone and right on the bumper of the guy in front of us). Our hotel is quite plain but has great access to the beach. We should have a quiet day tomorrow before we have a group dinner.

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Feb 25, 2018 - Bonifacio:Corsica

The drive south to our new lodgings was also full of surprises. We may have started off in 8 degree temperatures but by the time we had travelled the 3 hour route we were down to -1 to +3 for much of the trip. None of this concerned us because we happily travelled through unexpected snow flurries which created a gorgeous landscape. Road conditions were a little dicey but no real problem. We were starting to wonder if and when we would ever encounter real sunshine like home then, as if on cue, unexpected sightings of gum trees and wattles...

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Feb 21, 2018 - Bastia: Corsica

The short drive to Livorno went effortlessly and allowed time for coffee and pastries in the town centro. A walk around was next during which we checked out the local ancient fort and some local streets. Being a Saturday it was market day and the place was buzzing. Stalls covered numerous streets which was a little overwhelming until we came across the main attraction. A massive building incorporating even more stalls. No matter the overall size the markets were packed with shoppers so we took off. After some minor confusion we finally...

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Sep 19, 2016 - The perilously perched town of Bonifacio

Bonifacio is utterly improbable. Think of fantasy movies or books such as 'How to train your dragon' or the Narnia books, with unusual architecture and skies filled with dragons and forests with talking creatures. Of course, we have neither dragons nor talking animals in Bonifacio. But, the first sight of the town of Bonifacio - from a small boat bobbing on the water - does arouse a sense of wonder. The houses on the edge of town are built right up to the cliff edge. No backyards or Hills Hoist clothes lines here!!! I have no idea how they...

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Sep 15, 2016 - Choo Choo! By train to Corte

On Thursday 15 September, we caught a small two-carriage train for a day trip from Ajaccio to Corte. The town of Corte is sometimes referred to as the heart of Corsica as it was the home of the Corsican nationalism movement. Over the centuries, Corsica has been under the control of the Genoese (who built about one hundred watchtowers along the coast), the Pisans and the French. Corsica was an independent country for only 14 years from 1755 to 1769; for the last 250 years, it has been part of France. Nonetheless, there is still political...

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