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Jun 30, 2015 - Ajaccio and Corte, Corsica

Ajaccio and Corte - Corsica After finishing the GR20 Sud, we had a few days up our sleeves and so we thought we would explore some of Corsica's towns. We got the train from Vizzavona to the coastal town of Ajaccio, famous for being the birthplace of the one and only Napoleon Bonaparte. Ajaccio was to be our base for the next two nights. Our hotel was central to everything and we enjoyed wandering around the local streets, grocery shopping and browsing. We even picked up our own Corsican vendetta knives, hoping they won't be confiscated by...

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Jun 27, 2015 - GR20 - Corsica Sud - Day 7

GR20 - Corsica Sud - Day 7 We departed the Refuge de Prati for Capanelle - a wonderful sounding place which Paddy described in his guidebook as having bars and restaurants. We began to ascribe it mythical qualities. Perhaps there would be a masseuse. Perhaps there would be electricity and wifi (pronounced wee fee here). It was beginning to sound like the Emerald City, where all our dreams could be fulfilled. We plodded downhill again through beautiful shady and cool forests, coming across another hiking dog with his own backpack. We reached...

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Jun 27, 2015 - GR20 Corsica Sud - Day 6

GR20 - Corsica Sud - Day 6 (No photos for this day as all of our batteries for phones/camera had died) Refuge d'Usciolu to Refuge de Prati We were slow to pack up and get going - almost the last to leave camp. An American couple passed us with their two dogs (also doing the GR20). The dogs had their own pannier backpacks with pockets and little hiking shoes with proper tread!! They were adorable, yet I couldn't help but wonder how they got the dogs over some of the boulders/slabs/steep descents. That would require additional feats of I...

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Jun 27, 2015 - GR20 - Corsica Sud Day 8 - the end of the trek

GR20 - Corsica Sud - Day 8 Capanelle to Vizzavona Bidding our friends farewell, we finished packing. We browsed the cabinet containing a variety of Corsican vendetta knives. We seriously considered buying one, although if our backpacks were scanned on the way back and such a lethal looking weapon discovered, we might be in a bit of trouble. We looked out at the views from Capanelle. Michel had been trying to point out the islands of Monte Cristo and Elba (where Napoleon had been exiled initially) the previous night, but the clouds had...

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Jun 26, 2015 - GR20 - Corsica Sud - Day 5

GR20 - Corsica Sud - Day 5 Bergerie d' I Croci to Refuge d' Usciolu We set off early in the morning after breakfast provided by the Boss. A large bowl of black coffee served with bread, butter and the clementine confiture. The Boss bid us all a good journey and sent us on our way with fresh fruit. I thanked him for his hospitality - he seemed touched. A lovely man with a larger than life presence and character. After the previous days of gruelling up and down, most of the day was spent on ambling country paths through rich farmland. Birds...

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Jun 26, 2015 - GR20 South - Corsica Day 4

GR20 - Corsica Sud - Day 4 We had two choices - to take another high level alpine route for 7.5 hours (or potentially double that time for us) or do the low level route over the next two days. Being caught in the storm yesterday had made us wary. I asked the Gardien for the weather forecast. He was a resolute man who obviously believed in efficiency of communication over flowery speech, or human interaction. I asked if a storm (orage) was predicted and he nodded grimly. "Attentione" he said. We had been warned. The decision had been made -...

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Jun 26, 2015 - GR20 South Corsica - Day 1 and 2

GR20 - Corsica Sud - Day 1 and 2 We arrived in the morning into Bastia, Corsica, on the overnight ferry 'Moby Corse', a big ship - somewhat incongruously decorated with Warner Brothers Merrie Melody characters. Life sized statues of a few favourites were dotted around the ship - Wile E Coyote, Lola Bunny and Yosemite Sam. Despite resembling a large floating theme park, the boat had a restaurant serving great food. An entree of octopus, served with potatoes in squid ink, was pretty special. We resolved to enjoy a good meal before venturing...

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Jun 26, 2015 - GR20 South - Corsica Day 3

GR20 Corsica Sud - Day 3 "The Alpine Variant route - highly recommended for those who want to experience excitement and exceptional views - highly recommended in clear weather" Dillon, P 2014. 'GR20: Corsica', Cicerone, Cumbria. Highly recommended - IN CLEAR WEATHER!!! In our defence - it was a crystal clear morning without a cloud in the sky as we set off blithely, along with many other hikers, to traverse the Alpine Variant route between Village di Bavella and Refuge d'Asinau. In Paddy Dillon's defence, he does recommend asking the...

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Jun 21, 2011 - fabulous Corsica

Tuesday was the first day I didn’t do morning yoga with the group as I hurt my back, not sure how although I fear it might have been the forward stretching in yoga that created the spasms. Darn. Instead I walked around the deck for an hour which is about four or five miles. The ship provided a shuttle bus up the hill to the old town of Porto Vecchio and we were rewarded with a charming community. Like most of Europe the streets were narrow, cobblestoned and lined with outdoor cafes – right out of a Hollywood movie set and we loved it....

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Aug 14, 2009 - august 13 09

Hey All, Well it has been a busy couple of weeks with the boss on and with the few days off we have had I have managed to finally pull his cabin apart to try and work out why the shower keeps backing up all over their feet to their ankles, that was one days work as it had been doing it apparently for the end of summer last year and so all the green and furries that were growing quite contentedly in the bilge areas under his bed and slowly seeping into my clean engine room have now been pulled out by their roots. Tornado Chantal managed to...

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Jul 30, 2009 - end of July 09

For all those who thought I had died and not invited you to the funeral, I am back momentarily in Antibes to get some minor items attended to before heading off again on Friday. Last week started with guests getting off late in the evening and another lot turning up the next day so very busy getting the boat washed and laundry done before everyone returned. I had heard some scary stories about one of the guests but in the end he was a pleasure to have aboard and kept poking the boss and nodding in my direction, as they left his wife told me...

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