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  1.  White cliffs of Bonifacio    9 October 2017    Bonifacio, Corsica France
         9 Oct 2017
  France, Corsica, Bonifacio  
  2.  Hiking to the Bonifacio lighthouse    10 October 2017    Bonifacio, Corsica France
         10 Oct 2017
  France, Corsica, Bonifacio  
  3.  Bonifacio vieille ville     11 October 2017    Bonifacio, Corsica France
         11 Oct 2017
  France, Corsica, Bonifacio  
 
 
 
1. White cliffs of Bonifacio
9 Oct 2017    Bonifacio  Corsica, France 
S   M   L
1. White cliffs of Bonifacio   
9 Oct 2017    Bonifacio, Corsica, France   
 
 
 
 

We're in Bonifacio, at Corsica's southern-most tip. We arrived after a short drive down the east coast. Bonifacio is built on chalk-white limestone which has been eaten away by the ocean, leaving parts of the town precariously cantilevered over the sea. The old town, what you see in the first picture, is very charming, a warren of old buildings and narrow streets, outdoor cafes and shops.

 
 
 
 
Bonifacio
     
 
 
 
Bonifacio
     
 
 
 
Bonifacio
     
 
 
Capo Pertusato
     
Tomorrow's hike will be along this ridge. It passes a military radar station and ends at the lighthouse of Pertusato. In the distance is the Italian island of Sardinia.
 
 
 
Capo Pertusato
     
Tomorrow's hike will be along this ridge. It passes a military radar station and ends at the lighthouse of Pertusato. In the distance is the Italian island of Sardinia.
 
 
 
Capo Pertusato
     
Tomorrow's hike will be along this ridge. It passes a military radar station and ends at the lighthouse of Pertusato. In the distance is the Italian island of Sardinia.
 
 
2. Hiking to the Bonifacio lighthouse
10 Oct 2017    Bonifacio  Corsica, France 
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2. Hiking to the Bonifacio lighthouse   
10 Oct 2017    Bonifacio, Corsica, France   
 
 
 
 
Bonifacio

Today we took a look at some of the defense and navigation aides located in this most-southerly point of metropolitan France.

In 1825 the French built 5 lighthouses around Corsica to help ships navigate, a program led by Augustin Fresnel. In addition to the one shown below, the Pertusato lighthouse, others were built in the Sanguinaires islands (near Ajaccio), Chiappa, Revellata, and Giraglia. The Pertusato lighthouse is a 21m high square tower, made of stones, centered on a rectangular building. It has been automated since 1985. Near the lighthouse is the Pertusato semaphore. It is still in use, guiding ships through the Corsica/Sardaigna strait.

Today we hiked out of town to the lighthouse which is on the island's southern-most tip and which is just a few km north of Sardinia. The beautiful hike tracks the edge of a limestone cliff. It passes the semaphore, some ruins of old buildings, and then ends at the lighthouse of Pertusato. As a bonus we were buzzed by a few French fighter jets as we walked along the cliffs. The greenery is plentiful but low and scrubby. An easy hike though there isn't any shade.

 
 
 
 
City on a hill
     
 
 
 
City on a hill
     
 
 
 
City on a hill
     
 
 
Bonifacio's harbour
     
 
 
 
Bonifacio's harbour
     
 
 
 
Bonifacio's harbour
     
 
 
On the way to the lighthouse
     
 
 
 
On the way to the lighthouse
     
 
 
 
On the way to the lighthouse
     
 
 
The building on the right is a semaphore
     
 
 
 
The building on the right is a semaphore
     
 
 
 
The building on the right is a semaphore
     
 
 
Ruins
     
 
 
 
Ruins
     
 
 
 
Ruins
     
 
 
The still-operating lighthouse
     
 
 
 
The still-operating lighthouse
     
 
 
 
The still-operating lighthouse
     
 
 
3. Bonifacio vieille ville
11 Oct 2017    Bonifacio  Corsica, France 
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3. Bonifacio vieille ville    
11 Oct 2017    Bonifacio, Corsica, France   
 
 
 
 

Today we explored the old town of Bonifacio. The town is precariously perched about 70m above the sea on a long peninsula. On one side of the peninsula are ocean-eroded white cliffs, on the other side is a long thin harbour. The harbour, as one might expect, is full of yachts and catamarans and tour boats, with the occasional Moby ferry which sails between here and Sardinia. And of course the harbour is bordered by a well-maintained boardwalk fronting hotels, restaurants, and cafes. Life is good in Bonifacio.

Bonifacio reminds me of one of the delicious desserts (hey, I'm in France!) I ate today: a thin rectangle of limestone layers with a layer of buildings perched precariously on top.

Like every other town we've visited in Corsica Bonifacio is well-maintained, spotlessly clean, and good looking. Since it is fall some shops and hotels are starting to close for the season. Still, there are a lot of tourists though it's not crowded with them unlike Toledo or Venice.

 
 
 
 
Paul on Bonifacio harbour
     
 
 
 
Paul on Bonifacio harbour
     
 
 
 
Paul on Bonifacio harbour
     
 
 
Typical narrow street
     
 
 
 
Typical narrow street
     
 
 
 
Typical narrow street
     
 
 
Typical narrow street
     
 
 
 
Typical narrow street
     
 
 
 
Typical narrow street
     
 
 
Marine Cemetary
     
The Marine Cemetery (Cimetiere Marin) is on the end of the promontory on which the Old Town is built. It features ornate mausoleums and tombs as well as views of the surrounding coastline.
 
 
 
Marine Cemetary
     
The Marine Cemetery (Cimetiere Marin) is on the end of the promontory on which the Old Town is built. It features ornate mausoleums and tombs as well as views of the surrounding coastline.
 
 
 
Marine Cemetary
     
The Marine Cemetery (Cimetiere Marin) is on the end of the promontory on which the Old Town is built. It features ornate mausoleums and tombs as well as views of the surrounding coastline.
 
 
Marine cemetary
     
 
 
 
Marine cemetary
     
 
 
 
Marine cemetary
     
 
 
Walking down to Bonifacio's beach from the old town
     
 
 
 
Walking down to Bonifacio's beach from the old town
     
 
 
 
Walking down to Bonifacio's beach from the old town
     
 
 
Harbour entrance
     
 
 
 
Harbour entrance
     
 
 
 
Harbour entrance
     
 
 
That's Sardinia in the distance
     
 
 
 
That's Sardinia in the distance
     
 
 
 
That's Sardinia in the distance
     
 
 
Water's edge at foot of the old town
     
 
 
 
Water's edge at foot of the old town
     
 
 
 
Water's edge at foot of the old town
     
 
 
Bonifacio at night
     
 
 
 
Bonifacio at night
     
 
 
 
Bonifacio at night
     
 
 
Harbour at night
     
A view of the harbour looking towards the citadel. The citadel is lit up in purple and has a rotating sequence of patterns shined on it. Purple is a popular colour in Corsica.
 
 
 
Harbour at night
     
A view of the harbour looking towards the citadel. The citadel is lit up in purple and has a rotating sequence of patterns shined on it. Purple is a popular colour in Corsica.
 
 
 
Harbour at night
     
A view of the harbour looking towards the citadel. The citadel is lit up in purple and has a rotating sequence of patterns shined on it. Purple is a popular colour in Corsica.