Zonza and the GR20
8 Oct 2017    Corsica, Zonza, France 
Zonza and the GR20   
8 Oct 2017    Corsica, Zonza, France   
 
 
 
 

I like Zonza. It is a charming village set on a lush green hillside and with a number of nearby hiking trails. It has my essentials: decent patisseries (we jokingly named one Luke's and the other Loreli's, both characters in a favorite tv show), a number of nice restaurants (though half were already closed for the season), and a grocery store. I didn't see any interesting shopping but that doesn't mean it isn't there. Actually, nowhere in France did we do much shopping.

Another beautiful day weather wise. After breakfast at Luke's we drove again to the Col de Bavella to hike a bit of the GR20, the trail that runs the length of Corsica. Unlike yesterday, today's trail was a vertical rocky scramble to a high overlook. During the hike we saw a large group of student rock climbers edging their way up a granite cliff, then we saw a team of rescuers carry an injured climber to a helicopter.

After a lunch of charcuterie, a Corsican speciality, we headed back to Zonza where we did another short hike into the forest.

 
 
 
 
Walking to the patisserie in Zonza
     
We referred to the town's two pastry shops as Luke and Lorelei, after two characters on a favorite tv show.
 
 
 
Walking to the patisserie in Zonza
     
We referred to the town's two pastry shops as Luke and Lorelei, after two characters on a favorite tv show.
 
 
 
Walking to the patisserie in Zonza
     
We referred to the town's two pastry shops as Luke and Lorelei, after two characters on a favorite tv show.
 
 
Yellow stripes mark the GR20
     
Every time I hike in BC I wonder why they don't mark hiking trails using paint stripes. It's simple, cheap, visible, and it works all over Europe.
 
 
 
Yellow stripes mark the GR20
     
Every time I hike in BC I wonder why they don't mark hiking trails using paint stripes. It's simple, cheap, visible, and it works all over Europe.
 
 
 
Yellow stripes mark the GR20
     
Every time I hike in BC I wonder why they don't mark hiking trails using paint stripes. It's simple, cheap, visible, and it works all over Europe.
 
 
View from the GR20
     
 
 
 
View from the GR20
     
 
 
 
View from the GR20
     
 
 
Paul hiking
     
 
 
 
Paul hiking
     
 
 
 
Paul hiking
     
 
 
Climbers scaling rock wall
     
 
 
 
Climbers scaling rock wall
     
 
 
 
Climbers scaling rock wall
     
 
 
Climbers close up
     
 
 
 
Climbers close up
     
 
 
 
Climbers close up
     
 
 
View from GR20 to the Col de Bavella
     
 
 
 
View from GR20 to the Col de Bavella
     
 
 
 
View from GR20 to the Col de Bavella
     
 
 
Paul contemplating the Aiguille de Bavella
     
 
 
 
Paul contemplating the Aiguille de Bavella
     
 
 
 
Paul contemplating the Aiguille de Bavella
     
 
 
Helicopter ambulance
     
 
 
 
Helicopter ambulance
     
 
 
 
Helicopter ambulance
     
 
 
The quickest way to hospital
     
 
 
 
The quickest way to hospital
     
 
 
 
The quickest way to hospital
     
 
 
Charcuterie, a Corsican speciality
     
Here we are outdoors, up in the mountains, great views, enjoying the meat-heavy local cuisine.
 
 
 
Charcuterie, a Corsican speciality
     
Here we are outdoors, up in the mountains, great views, enjoying the meat-heavy local cuisine.
 
 
 
Charcuterie, a Corsican speciality
     
Here we are outdoors, up in the mountains, great views, enjoying the meat-heavy local cuisine.
 
 
Evening hike
     
 
 
 
Evening hike
     
 
 
 
Evening hike