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  1.  Nice to Corsica    26 September 2017    Bastia, Corsica Nice France
         26 Sep 2017
  Nice, France, Corsica, Bastia  
  2.  Bastia    27 September 2017    Bastia, Corsica France
         27 Sep 2017
  Corsica, Bastia, France  
 
 
 
1. Nice to Corsica
26 Sep 2017    Bastia  Corsica, Nice, France 
S   M   L
1. Nice to Corsica   
26 Sep 2017    Bastia, Corsica, Nice, France   
 
 
 
 

Today 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. This ferry is one of many that connect the island to continental France. It's one of the faster crossings at six hours whereas our return crossing, from Ajaccio to Toulon, will be an 11 hour overnight sailing.

 
 
 
 
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.
 
 
Arrival in Bastia
     
 
 
 
Arrival in Bastia
     
 
 
 
Arrival in Bastia
     
 
 
Bastia harbour
     
Here's a similar ferry to the one we're on, from same ferry company, Corsica Sardinia Elba Ferries, docked in Bastia. Tomorrow we begin exploring Corsica. Fortunately the weather gods are smiling on us.
 
 
 
Bastia harbour
     
Here's a similar ferry to the one we're on, from same ferry company, Corsica Sardinia Elba Ferries, docked in Bastia. Tomorrow we begin exploring Corsica. Fortunately the weather gods are smiling on us.
 
 
 
Bastia harbour
     
Here's a similar ferry to the one we're on, from same ferry company, Corsica Sardinia Elba Ferries, docked in Bastia. 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
     
 
 
2. Bastia
27 Sep 2017    Bastia  Corsica, France 
S   M   L
2. Bastia   
27 Sep 2017    Bastia, Corsica, France   
 
 
 
 

Bastia is a hilly Corsican town, squeezed between the Mediterranean and the Serra di Pignu, a 960 m (3,150 ft) mountain. Bastia has a charming and walk-able old town (assuming you don't mind stairs), with many blocks of fashionable stores and cafes. Though Ajaccio, our next stop, gets more attention in the guidebooks, I preferred Bastia. It is just as charming and is less touristy.

Two highlights were the Vieux Port and the Terra Nova neighborhood. The Vieux Port or old harbor is chock-a-block with boats. It is ringed by cafes. The Eglise St-Jean Baptiste towers overhead.

The Terra Nova neighborhood features a citadel, the Cathedrale Ste-Marie, and great views of the city and the blue sea. The citadel was built to satisfy the city's Genoese masters many centuries ago.

 
 
 
 
Staircase to the citadel
     
 
 
 
Staircase to the citadel
     
 
 
 
Staircase to the citadel
     
 
 
Vieux Port
     
 
 
 
Vieux Port
     
 
 
 
Vieux Port
     
 
 
Bastia Citadel
     
 
 
 
Bastia Citadel
     
 
 
 
Bastia Citadel
     
 
 
Stopping for a snack
     
 
 
 
Stopping for a snack
     
 
 
 
Stopping for a snack
     
 
 
Bastia street
     
 
 
 
Bastia street
     
 
 
 
Bastia street
     
 
 
Bastia
     
 
 
 
Bastia
     
 
 
 
Bastia
     
 
 
Old port of Bastia
     
 
 
 
Old port of Bastia
     
 
 
 
Old port of Bastia
     
 
 
Lighthouses at entrance of Vieux Port
     
 
 
 
Lighthouses at entrance of Vieux Port
     
 
 
 
Lighthouses at entrance of Vieux Port
     
 
 
Jellyfish in the Vieux Port
     
 
 
 
Jellyfish in the Vieux Port
     
 
 
 
Jellyfish in the Vieux Port