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Sep 25, 2017, Monday
Nice night    Nice France
Sep 25, 2017, Monday
Sep 26, 2017, Tuesday
Nice to Corsica    Nice France Corsica Bastia
Sep 26, 2017, Tuesday
 
 
 

Nice night

 
September 25, 2017   Monday
Nice   France
 
 
France

We're in Nice. It is a lovely town with a spacious seaside promenade, charming narrow streets, and tempting sidewalk cafes. Staying a while would be fun but we've a ferry to catch tomorrow.

 
 
 
Nice at night      
 
Paul on Promenade des Anglais      
 
Notre Dame de Nice      
 
Notre Dame de Nice      
 
Fountain in Nice      
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Nice to Corsica

 
September 26, 2017   Tuesday
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.

 
 
 
Nice to Bastia ferry route      
 
Nice harbour from ferry      
 
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.
 
Pilot boat for Bastia harbour      
As we approached Bastia this small boat raced up to the huge Mega Express 4 ferry. I thought it was going to hit us. Instead it pulled along side and a pilot jumped (!) from it onto the fast-moving ferry. Impressive!
 
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.

 
Ferry docked in Bastia      
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