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Sep 13, 2016 - Scenic splendour of Corsica

It will be challenging to do justice in either words or photos to the amazing mountain and coastal scenery of Corsica, but here is my attempt. On Monday 12 September, we had a 50 minute flight from Nice to Ajaccio, the capital of Corsica and Napoleon's birthplace. Our hotel is the Hotel Napoleon, the Main Street is Rue du Napoleon and as the photos show, Napoleon even features in ads for coke (he is probably turning in his grave). We were delighted to feel the cool sea breeze in Ajaccio that made the still high 20s / early 30s temperatures...

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Jan 11, 2014 - The Land of Napoleon

The Land of Napoleon Corsica has the feeling of the wild west, not just in the way that it looks, but in the attitude of the native Corsicans. During the mid-1800’s, vendetta killings to protect family honor were rampant, and those born and raised on the island still maintain a fierceness in their aura, something just under the surface. Mountains make up two-thirds of the island, forming a single chain, and the interior is sparsely populated by hardy souls living in tiny hilltop towns perched precariously on the sides of snowcapped peaks....

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Jan 3, 2014 - Corsica

Corsica My friend John was coming to France to see me. He was Michael’s best friend and we've known him since 1985, traveled with him many times and he and I remain very close friends. I asked him to come to Virginia Beach to be with me for my first Wedding Anniversary without Michael and this will be the third Anniversary he’s spent with me. He usually only has to come to Virginia Beach, but this year, he was flying all the way to France to fulfill my wish. He knows Jean Marc and Anita and the four of us spent New Year’s Eve together at a...

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Sep 24, 2012 - Entry 5

Bonifacio, Corsica I haven’t written in a few days but a lot has happened. After a shaky start, and a fear of descending in the water, I have successfully logged two dives at about 20 feet deep. I’m hoping to be an open water certified diver by the end of the week. We arrived in Corsica this morning, fro Port o Pollo, Sardinia, about a 2-hour cruise. Corsica is beautiful, I took many great pictures. Unlike Italy, Corsica toilets have toilet seats. Not sure why none could be found in Italy. Corsica is a French territory so I have been able...

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The Experience

Aug 5, 2012 - Ajaccio, Corsica

We had planned on rising later today, but the children were up and around early - quite unlike yesterday when we needed to be on our way at 8:00 am. We had breakfast and watched the ship dock at Ajaccio, Corsica. It looked a pretty town, with buildings cascading down to the sea and a marina full of interesting yachts. One in particular caught our eye - the Mogabo - which was large and looked extremely expensive! Christine decided to have a quiet day and stay on board. The rest of us left and walked a sort distance to a beach where we all...

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Jun 7, 2012 - We complete the circle

Flat plains and we finally see some agriculture. Large paddocks with centre pivot irrigators. The sea on our right and the mountains on our left. We finally reach Bastia and locate our Best and Western Hotel – unload our luggage and then return the vehicle. We walk back to the hotel – all up hill – sort our luggage ready for tomorrow and then walk downtown for a wander and our evening meal. Have really enjoyed Corsica. Very scenic, lovely villages and people. Mind, if you are prone to car sickness then probably not a good idea.

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Jun 4, 2012 - and on to Corsica

A six hour ferry journey to Corsica – within the hour we have our hire car and heading out of Bastia. We head inland and it is not long before we are on narrow windy roads – beautiful mountainous island. Can still see spots of snow on the ragged tops. Difficult to pass oncoming traffic – particularly when a bus comes around the corner. Just a few small groups of goats or a couple of pigs here and there. Certainly no ‘farms’ in this area. We eventually reach the village of Calacuccia where we are staying for a couple of nights. Our hosts...

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Oct 20, 2011 - Corsica

We decided to take one last big excursion for our last weekend. We listed off some choices to the girls and the clear winner was Corsica, the third largest island in the Mediterranean, still a part of France. This was not because they cared particularly about Corsica, but because it involved an overnight ferry ride! We boarded the ferry in our car in Toulon at 8pm, departure at 9pm. We had a cabin with 4 bunkbeds and the girls were overcome with excitement. We explored all over the ship, but mostly the girls wanted to be in that cabin,...

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Le Mais Huskers

Sep 10, 2011 - Bonifacio, Corsica

Saturday, September 10 - Bonifacio, Corsica This is our first French port. The Captain had told us the night before to be on deck at 7 AM for our arrival into port. Yes it was quite spectacular- first you see the massive white limestone cliffs of the island of Corsica then we maneuvered around into the long inlet where the lower town and port is located - where a few fishing boats are and a lot of expensive yachts fill the berth of the Port of Plaisance.. Restaurants line the quay along the inlet’s south side and when you get bored with...

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Jun 21, 2011 - Porto Vecchio, Corsica, France

June 21, 2011 I have been remiss in not talking about our daily breakfast routine on the open deck surrounding the Veranda Restaurant. There is a very comprehensive buffet of hot and cold food and drinks inside and menu service on the shaded deck outside. Pretty much from day one I have staked out a table where our servers are One (“Obi One”) and Muji, two great guys who don’t let your coffee get empty or cold and provide a humorous running commentary along with great service. Our weather has been consistently warm and the deck has a...

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May 17, 2011 - Classic Journeys off to Corsica

Entry #4 May 17, 2011 We rose early, had breakfast, and met met our driver, Rita, to began our adventure. The trip from Alghero along the coast of Sardinia was dotted with natural and manmade rock formations. One looked like an elephant and another on the shore was whale-like in shape. We had to be on board the 3 o'clock ferry to Corsica by 2PM. After a light lunch we boarded and settled in for the crossing that was less than an hour. Our van accompanied us on the crossing, so we got right back in at the ferry terminal and headed to our...

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Apr 12, 2011 - Corse

Bonjour, La Corse! D’abord d’un point de vue géographique, du point le plus au Sud à celui le plus au Nord il y a 182 km. Ciel bleu, sommet des montagnes enneigés, falaises très escarpées, parfois de belles plages de sable blanc et une mer d’un bleu turquoise. J’y suis arrivé de la Sardaigne par mer. Un traversier (1 heure) de Santa Teresa à Bonifacio, sentinelle de la Corse. Déjà l’arrivée est assez impressionnante par la scène qui est imposée. Les photos parlent d’elles-mêmes. Je prends possession de mon auto à l’aéroport de Figari, et...

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