Corsica 5

Then we drove back to Calvi after passing through a really bad traffic jam in Ile Rousse. All the highways in Corsica are two lane and when you enter villages and towns it can really be crowded. After having lunch and ice cream in Calvi, we headed on to Piana climbing, twisting and turning as all roads seem to do here passing breath-taking views of the deep blue sea below breaking on cliffs, and finally entering the famous calenques which are cliffs and rocks in shades of red and rust in all sorts of intersting shapes. It is really lovely.

The views rivaled scenes from the Big Sur area in California.

I don’t know why we didn’t see dead cows all over the place on our way as they seemed to roam where ever they want–probably because we all had to go so slow due to the curves. We had to take turns driving as car sickness became common.

Here is a view of the famous Calenques which are on the Unesco World Site list.

Can you see the mountain goat on the rocks? How in the world did he make it there? A little later he was lying down-probably spent the night.

We reached a gite where we planned to stay for the night in Piana where we had dinner which featured wonderful salads made up from vegetables from their own garden-jullienned zuchinni, carrots, onions and anise and another of jullienned beets. We were also served sanglier, wild boar, which, as expected, tasted gamey but I ate a little of it for the experience. The gite is set up rather like a dorm-we had a room with a bed (no a/c or TV), and the bathroom is down the hall with showers down stairs. I haven’t done something like this since high school camp or college. There is a young couple there riding their bikes. They started in Accacio and plan to ride up all the way to Ile Rousse which is over 150 kilometers with lots of climbs. It is rather dangerous with cars as one must slow way down to get by approaching cars. We had a really fabulous sunset as we sat outside in the rather chilly air eating dinner. Everyone went and got coats, sweaters and long pants. I’m not sure if it is a cold spell, or due to the wind, or if it is normal for this part of Corsica.

9 thoughts to “Corsica 5”

  1. Your pictures are absolutely breathtaking, reminding me of many childhood memories of my own traveling in Europe, stopping for cows, winding through tiny roads on the mountains, and asking my dad to stop because ‘my world’ just wouldn’t stop churning! Sadly, I’ve yet to see Corsica. From your photos, I’ve decided to add it to my ‘things to do’ list!

  2. The good Lord is the ultimate landscape architect.Beautiful beyond description.I realy like the way u are able to include at least one funny pic, that will always make me smile. today’s the goat’s pic.heheheh Tq for lovely pics to start this monday.

  3. Beautiful photos Linda and thanks for the stories that accompany. Maybe some day we’ll venture there.

  4. Spectacular photos, Linda! What gorgeous scenery in that first one.
    And I did see the goat…amazing! Wonder if he’s stuck there for the rest of his life….

  5. I’m having a wonderful time reading your descriptions and seeing the photos and imagining the rest. All those hill-perched villages and seaside places sound so scenic.

  6. My these are some photos.
    Interesting to see the Big Sur as I saw it on Google Earth when I was browsing when my son was in La recently.

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