Nice to Corsica

 
September 26, 2017 Sep 26, 2017
 
   Nice, France, Corsica, Bastia
 
 

Another travel day today, though at least it didn't involve any flying. Instead we took the awkwardly-named but otherwise fine Mega Express 4 ferry from Nice to the island of Corsica where we disembarked at the town of Bastia.

There are a number of ferries connecting the island to continental France and Italy. The ferries vary in how fast they can go. I think this ferry is considered to be fairly fast, it makes the trip in less than 6 hours. The ferry from Ajaccio to Toulon will be an 11 hour overnight sailing.

 
 
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Nice to Bastia ferry route      
 
Nice to Bastia ferry route      
 
Nice to Bastia ferry route      
 
Nice harbour from ferry      
 
Nice harbour from ferry      
 
Nice harbour from ferry      
 
Paul saying goodbye to Nice      

And hello to Corsica ...
 
Paul saying goodbye to Nice      

And hello to Corsica ...
 
Paul saying goodbye to Nice      

And hello to Corsica ...
 
Corsica & Ile de la Giraglia      
This tiny island is situated off the northern tip of Corsica. It doesn't appear to have much more on it than a light house.
 
Corsica & Ile de la Giraglia      
This tiny island is situated off the northern tip of Corsica. It doesn't appear to have much more on it than a light house.
 
Corsica & Ile de la Giraglia      
This tiny island is situated off the northern tip of Corsica. It doesn't appear to have much more on it than a light house.
 
Pilot boat for Bastia harbour      
As we approached Bastia this small boat raced up to our huge Mega Express 4 ferry. The pilot boat looked like it was going to hit us. Instead the small boat pulled along side and a pilot jumped from it onto our fast-moving ferry.
 
Pilot boat for Bastia harbour      
As we approached Bastia this small boat raced up to our huge Mega Express 4 ferry. The pilot boat looked like it was going to hit us. Instead the small boat pulled along side and a pilot jumped from it onto our fast-moving ferry.
 
Pilot boat for Bastia harbour      
As we approached Bastia this small boat raced up to our huge Mega Express 4 ferry. The pilot boat looked like it was going to hit us. Instead the small boat pulled along side and a pilot jumped from it onto our fast-moving ferry.
 
Bastia      
It was totally sucky for photos as we are facing west into the sun so the sky is blown out and the town is hazy.
 
Bastia      
It was totally sucky for photos as we are facing west into the sun so the sky is blown out and the town is hazy.
 
Bastia      
It was totally sucky for photos as we are facing west into the sun so the sky is blown out and the town is hazy.
 
Harbour      

To get a sense of the size of the ferry this shot shows a similar ferry (same ferry company, Corsica Sardinia Elba Ferries) parked in Bastia's harbour.

Tomorrow we begin exploring Corsica. Fortunately the weather gods are smiling on us.

 
Harbour      

To get a sense of the size of the ferry this shot shows a similar ferry (same ferry company, Corsica Sardinia Elba Ferries) parked in Bastia's harbour.

Tomorrow we begin exploring Corsica. Fortunately the weather gods are smiling on us.

 
Harbour      

To get a sense of the size of the ferry this shot shows a similar ferry (same ferry company, Corsica Sardinia Elba Ferries) parked in Bastia's harbour.

Tomorrow we begin exploring Corsica. Fortunately the weather gods are smiling on us.

 
Ferry docked in Bastia      
 
Ferry docked in Bastia      
 
Ferry docked in Bastia      
 
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