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Sep 26, 2017, Tuesday
Nice to Corsica    Nice France Corsica Bastia
Sep 26, 2017, Tuesday
Sep 27, 2017, Wednesday
Bastia    France Bastia
Sep 27, 2017, Wednesday

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!
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.

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


September 27, 2017   Wednesday
France   Bastia

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 gets more attention in the guidebooks I preferred Bastia. It is just as charming plus it feels 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      
Vieux Port      
Bastia Citadel      
Stopping for a snack      
Bastia street      
Old port of Bastia      
Lighthouses at entrance of Vieux Port      
Jellyfish in the Vieux Port