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Corsica in the Off Season, 2007

Corsica, the grudgingly-French island off the coast of Italy. We're catching the off-season rates, late November and early December 2007.

You may not find this terribly rewarding unless you're included here, so this is a good time for casual and random browsers to turn back before they get too caught up in the sweep and majesty of the proceedings and can't let go.

Sights to be seen here: We departed the Marseille ferry at Propriano and drove to the southern tip of the island to visit Bonifacio, then drove northward up the east coast and turned at Aléria up into the mountainous interior, to Corte for some days. From Corte, historic capital of Corsica, we hiked up to the Lac de Melo at the head of the Restonica valley and up the Forêt Domaniale de Vizzavona, and drove up to see the free-range pigs near the Col de Verghio. Thence down to Bastia on the northeastern coast, near the Cap Corse, and a day of viewing the local sights, then a coastal hike out to the Pointe d'Agnello on the "Sentier des Douaniers" hiking route and another along the coast of the Désert des Agriates, from St Florent out to the Punta Mortella and back. And finally a drive back to the south to get the ferry from Porto Vecchio.

The Corsican moor-flag as the ferry enters Propriano port
The bastion at Bonifacio

The citadel atop Corte
The Pasquale Paoli square in the Corte upper town

Hike to Lac de Melo, valley of Restonica

Old Genoese watchtower at the Col de Vizzavona
Hike in the Forêt Domaniale de Vizzavona

The Old Port of Bastia
The Old Port and the New Ferries

Hike along the Sentier des Douaniers to Pointe d'Agnello

Hike around the Désert des Agriates to the Tour Mortella

Porto Vecchio and ferry home

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Corsica, 2007

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