Monday, November 30, 2015

Corsica, France


October 22, 2015

We docked within walking distance of the capital, Ajaccio, the birthplace of Napoleon. With plenty of statues and street names like Bonaparte Street, Ajaccio also has a museum in the house where he was born.

We had decided our visit to this island would not be history but, instead, scenery. So we booked a ship excursion to Calanches, in French Les calanches de Piana, found within the Regional Natural Park of the island. Also called calanques, the rock formations are found throughout the Mediterranean and are narrow, steep-walled inlets of limestone, dolomite or other carbonate strata.

We headed north, over mountain passes, on switchback roads, overlooking beautiful mountain scenery.











The ride out there was an experience in itself, with roads barely wide enough for a full sized bus and an automobile going in the opposite direction to pass each other.













But it wasn't until we actually got to the park that we found what all the excitement is about. The formations were fantastic. Everywhere you looked was an eyeful.










Our visit to Corsica was only a couple of hours and way too soon we had to leave the park. We made a quick stop in Porto, a beautiful old town, and then back on the bus to the ship.

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