Corsica, May 2013

On the road between Saint-Florent and Bastia

On the road between Saint-Florent and Bastia

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Thursday, May 9

Since we had such a great time on our 2012 trip to Corsica, we decided to book another one for May, 2013. The idea was that our friends Norm and Andrea from North Carolina would fly into Nice a few days earlier and then accompany us to Corsica. Sadly, they had to cancel their trip at the last moment, so Vicki and I boarded the Mega Express Two on our own in the early morning of Thursday, May 9, 2013. Five and a half hours later, we arrived in Bastia, and from there we drove to our destination, L'Île Rousse, where we arrived around 3 in the afternoon. We spent the rest of the day wandering through that town, a place we know quite well and enjoy a great deal.


L'Île Rousse The town beach

L'Île Rousse

The town beach


Café on the 'Place Paoli' Façade in dire need of maintenance

Café on the Place Paoli

Façade in dire need of maintenance


'Rue Notre Dame' The market is where to buy local products

Rue Notre Dame

The market is where to buy local products


L'Île Rousse at night Town Hall

L'Île Rousse at night

Town Hall

Friday, May 10

On Friday, we woke up to overcast skies. We had time to walk into town for a cappuccino and a brocciu tart at our favorite bakery and back to the La Pietra hotel before it started pouring. The rain lasted for one hour only, and that was all the precipitation we were going to see during the entire trip. In the afternoon, we took the narrow-gauge train to Calvi, another favorite spot of ours. By the time we got back to L'Île Rousse, the weather was back to perfect.


Waking up to speckled skies Looking towards La Pietra

Waking up to speckled skies

Looking towards La Pietra


Waiting for the train to Calvi Riding the Corsican railway

Waiting for the train to Calvi

Riding the Corsican railway


Calvi seen from its citadel Tree in the citadel

Calvi seen from its citadel

Tree in the citadel


Looking from the citadel to the north Climbing all the way to the top

Looking from the citadel to the north

Climbing all the way to the top


The 'Saint-Baptiste' church in the citadel Inside the 'Saint-Baptiste' church

The Saint-Baptiste church in the citadel

Inside the Saint-Baptiste church


The 'Piazza d'Arme' in front of the church Along the Calvi waterfront

The Piazza d'Arme in front of the church

Along the Calvi waterfront

Saturday, May 11

Saturday morning, there wasn't a cloud in the sky, so we decided to hold off with breakfast and take the fifteen minute walk (if one stops to take pictures) up to the lighthouse. The early morning light is simply wonderful, so it was important not to waste any time. Though the sky was blue and the sun out, it was very windy and the sea was accordingly agitated in all areas that were not sheltered. In the afternoon, we took the car (the first time since arriving on Thursday afternoon) and drove to Algajola, a small village where we had stayed with the kids in 1993... 20 years ago!


Climbing up to the lighthouse A ray of sunlight illuminates the cactus flowers

Climbing up to the lighthouse

A ray of sunlight illuminates the cactus flowers


7 AM: The L'Île Rousse lighthouse in the morning sun The early light brings out the texture

7 AM: The L'Île Rousse lighthouse in the morning sun

The early light brings out the texture


The view from the lighthouse Red–Green–Blue

The view from the lighthouse

Red–Green–Blue


The view from our hotel room Churning waters

The view from our hotel room

Churning waters


The village of Algajola Looking north towards the beach

The village of Algajola

Looking north towards the beach


Algajola boats In early May, the gorgeous beach is deserted

Algajola boats

In early May, the gorgeous beach is deserted

Sunday, May 12

Shortly after 6 o'clock in the morning on Sunday, we witnessed a gorgeous sunrise from our hotel room. It was definitely going to be another beautiful day! As we often do on our last day in Corsica when catching a ferry out of Bastia, we drove through Les Agriates, an almost completely uninhabited and rugged area that extends from L'Île Rousse to Saint-Florent. This picturesque little town is lovely, and we strolled around the harbor, the citadel, and the narrow streets. To get to Bastia, one has to cross some pretty impressive mountains, and of course the view en route is glorious. Our ferry sailed around 1 o'clock, and shortly after six in the evening we were back in Nice.


Sunday morning sunrise 'Les Agriates'

Sunday morning sunrise

Les Agriates


Saint-Florent Walking along Saint-Florent's harbor

Saint-Florent

Walking along Saint-Florent's harbor


The Saint-Florent citadel The classic view of the little town from its citadel

The Saint-Florent citadel

The classic view of the little town from its citadel


On the road to Bastia: Poppies! The view from the top

On the road to Bastia: Poppies!

The view from the top

These forty-one photographs, as well as forty additional ones, may also be found in one of our web galleries. Though several other Corsica pages exist on this site, we have tried to include at least a few images that we didn't have before. The main idea was to show Norm and Andrea what they had missed and thus incite them to put a Corsica trip back on the agenda. It's never a good idea not to go to this gorgeous island, and we'd love to share the experience with them!




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