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Aiguille du Midi.  19 July 2004.  Aiguille du Midi  Chamonix  France  TMB 
Jul 19, 2004
  TMB, France, Chamonix, Aiguille du Midi  
The start of the TMB.  20 July 2004.  France  Hike  TMB  The Alps 
Jul 20, 2004
  France, Hike, The Alps, TMB  
TMB: Miage to La Balme.  21 July 2004.  France  Hike  TMB  The Alps 
Jul 21, 2004
  France, Hike, The Alps, TMB  
TMB.  22 July 2004.  France  Hike  TMB  The Alps 
Jul 22, 2004
  France, Hike, The Alps, TMB  
Paris.  29 July 2004.  France  Paris 
Jul 29, 2004
  France, Paris  
Paris.  29 July 2004.  France  Paris 
Jul 29, 2004
  France, Paris  
Paris.  30 July 2004.  France  Paris 
Jul 30, 2004
  Paris, France  
Paris.  1 August 2004.  France  Paris 
Aug 1, 2004
  France, Paris  
Aiguille du Midi.  31 July 2009.  Aiguille du Midi  Chamonix  France 
Jul 31, 2009
  Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix, France  
Aiguille du Midi.  1 August 2009.  Aiguille du Midi  Chamonix  France 
Aug 1, 2009
  Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix, France  
Au revoir.  24 September 2017.  France 
Sep 24, 2017
  France  
Nice night.  25 September 2017.  France  Nice 
Sep 25, 2017
  Nice, France  
Nice to Corsica.  26 September 2017.  Bastia  Corsica  France  Nice 
Sep 26, 2017
  Nice, France, Corsica, Bastia  
Bastia.  27 September 2017.  Bastia  Corsica  France 
Sep 27, 2017
  Corsica, Bastia, France  
The train to Ajaccio.  28 September 2017.  Ajaccio  Corsica  France 
Sep 28, 2017
  Corsica, Ajaccio, France  
Ajaccio.  29 September 2017.  Ajaccio  Corsica  France 
Sep 29, 2017
  France, Corsica, Ajaccio  
Torra di a Parata.  30 September 2017.  Ajaccio  Corsica  France 
Sep 30, 2017
  France, Corsica, Ajaccio  
Chemin des Cretes .  1 October 2017.  Ajaccio  Corsica  France 
Oct 1, 2017
  France, Corsica, Ajaccio  
The drive to Algajola.  2 October 2017.  Algajola  Corsica  France  Porto  US Politics 
Oct 2, 2017
  France, Corsica, Algajola, US Politics, Porto  
L'Ile-Rousse.  3 October 2017.  Algajola  Corsica  France  L'Ile Rousse 
Oct 3, 2017
  L'Ile Rousse, France, Corsica, Algajola  
Corsican hill towns.  4 October 2017.  Corsica  France 
Oct 4, 2017
  France, Corsica  
Two hikes and a road race.  5 October 2017.  Cars  Corsica  France  Hike  Porto  Serriera 
Oct 5, 2017
  Hike, Serriera, Porto, France, Corsica, Cars  
Sharing the road to Zonza.  6 October 2017.  Cars  Corsica  France  Zonza 
Oct 6, 2017
  France, Corsica, Cars, Zonza  
Col de Bavella.  7 October 2017.  Cars  Corsica  France  Hike  Zonza 
Oct 7, 2017
  Hike, Zonza, France, Corsica, Cars  
Zonza and the GR20.  8 October 2017.  Corsica  France  Zonza 
Oct 8, 2017
  Zonza, France, Corsica  
White cliffs of Bonifacio.  9 October 2017.  Bonifacio  Corsica  France 
Oct 9, 2017
  France, Corsica, Bonifacio  
Hiking to the Bonifacio lighthouse.  10 October 2017.  Bonifacio  Corsica  France 
Oct 10, 2017
  France, Corsica, Bonifacio  
Bonifacio vieille ville .  11 October 2017.  Bonifacio  Corsica  France 
Oct 11, 2017
  France, Corsica, Bonifacio  
Bonifacio to Ajaccio to Toulon to ....  12 October 2017.  Ajaccio  France  Toulon 
Oct 12, 2017
  France, Ajaccio, Toulon  
Toulon petit dejeuner.  13 October 2017.  France  Lyon  Toulon 
Oct 13, 2017
  Toulon, Lyon, France  
Streets and traboules of Lyon.  14 October 2017.  France  Lyon 
Oct 14, 2017
  Lyon, France  
Contemporary art at the MAC.  15 October 2017.  Art  France  Lyon 
Oct 15, 2017
  France, Art, Lyon  
Musee des Beaux Arts .  16 October 2017.  Art  France  Lyon 
Oct 16, 2017
  France, Art, Lyon  
Lyon at Night.  16 October 2017.  France  Lyon 
Oct 16, 2017
  France, Lyon  
Lyon's Notre-Dame.  17 October 2017.  France  Lyon 
Oct 17, 2017
  Lyon, France  
Another thing to see.  3 October 2018.  France 
Oct 3, 2018
  France  
A grey day in Grenoble.  3 July 2020.  Film  France  Grenoble 
Jul 3, 2020
  Grenoble, France, Film  
Eze .  8 July 2020.  Film  France  Nice 
Jul 8, 2020
  France, Nice, Film  
Pont Saint-Benezet.  9 July 2020.  Avignon  Film  France 
Jul 9, 2020
  Avignon, Film, France  
Avignon.  10 July 2020.  Avignon  Film  France 
Jul 10, 2020
  Avignon, Film, France  
 
 
 
Aiguille du Midi
Mon 19 Jul 2004      Aiguille du Midi - Chamonix - France  TMB
Aiguille du Midi
     Mon 19 Jul 2004      Aiguille du Midi - Chamonix - France  TMB
 
 
 

While in Chamonix Linda and I take the cable cars up to the Aiguille du Midi.

 
 
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Cables up to the Aiguille du Midi      
Let your eyes follow the cables up to the top where that tiny pointy thing is the destination.
 
 
Cables up to the Aiguille du Midi      
Let your eyes follow the cables up to the top where that tiny pointy thing is the destination.
 
 
Cables up to the Aiguille du Midi      
Let your eyes follow the cables up to the top where that tiny pointy thing is the destination.
 
Aiguille du Midi      
 
 
Aiguille du Midi      
 
 
Aiguille du Midi      
 
Chamonix valley      
 
 
Chamonix valley      
 
 
Chamonix valley      
 
Chamonix valley      
 
 
Chamonix valley      
 
 
Chamonix valley      
 
Aiguille du Midi      
 
 
Aiguille du Midi      
 
 
Aiguille du Midi      
 
Linda at top      
 
 
Linda at top      
 
 
Linda at top      
 
Aiguille du Midi      
The lower section of the Aiguille du Midi is in the foreground and far below is Chamonix, at the bottom of the valley.
 
 
Aiguille du Midi      
The lower section of the Aiguille du Midi is in the foreground and far below is Chamonix, at the bottom of the valley.
 
 
Aiguille du Midi      
The lower section of the Aiguille du Midi is in the foreground and far below is Chamonix, at the bottom of the valley.
 
 
The start of the TMB
Tue 20 Jul 2004      France  Hike - TMB - The Alps
The start of the TMB
     Tue 20 Jul 2004      France  Hike - TMB - The Alps
 
 
 

Our first day on the trail is spent hiking to Miage.

 
 
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Linda and Emily near Miage      
 
 
Linda and Emily near Miage      
 
 
Linda and Emily near Miage      
 
Miage view      
 
 
Miage view      
 
 
Miage view      
 
Refugio Miage, France      
 
 
Refugio Miage, France      
 
 
Refugio Miage, France      
 
View from Miage      
 
 
View from Miage      
 
 
View from Miage      
 
Refugio Miage, France      
The places we stayed along the Tour du Mont Blanc hike varied, from very nice to crummy. Refugio Miage was the latter.
 
 
Refugio Miage, France      
The places we stayed along the Tour du Mont Blanc hike varied, from very nice to crummy. Refugio Miage was the latter.
 
 
Refugio Miage, France      
The places we stayed along the Tour du Mont Blanc hike varied, from very nice to crummy. Refugio Miage was the latter.
 
TMD day one: destination Miage      
Emily, Linda, and Regina, our three hiking companions.
 
 
TMD day one: destination Miage      
Emily, Linda, and Regina, our three hiking companions.
 
 
TMD day one: destination Miage      
Emily, Linda, and Regina, our three hiking companions.
 
 
TMB: Miage to La Balme
Wed 21 Jul 2004      France  Hike - TMB - The Alps
TMB: Miage to La Balme
     Wed 21 Jul 2004      France  Hike - TMB - The Alps
 
 
 

Today we left Miage to hike to the nicer La Balme.

 
 
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Refugio Miage, France      
 
 
Refugio Miage, France      
 
 
Refugio Miage, France      
 
Emily & Tor, Ref. Miage +      
 
 
Emily & Tor, Ref. Miage +      
 
 
Emily & Tor, Ref. Miage +      
 
Refuge Miage      
 
 
Refuge Miage      
 
 
Refuge Miage      
 
Tour du Mont Blanc      
 
 
Tour du Mont Blanc      
 
 
Tour du Mont Blanc      
 
From Miage to La Balme      
 
 
From Miage to La Balme      
 
 
From Miage to La Balme      
 
Linda & Emily heading to La Balme ++      
 
 
Linda & Emily heading to La Balme ++      
 
 
Linda & Emily heading to La Balme ++      
 
View from La Balme      
 
 
View from La Balme      
 
 
View from La Balme      
 
Tour du Mont Blanc      
 
 
Tour du Mont Blanc      
 
 
Tour du Mont Blanc      
 
 
TMB
Thu 22 Jul 2004      France  Hike - TMB - The Alps
TMB
     Thu 22 Jul 2004      France  Hike - TMB - The Alps
 
 
 

 
 
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La Balme      
 
 
La Balme      
 
 
La Balme      
 
Regina, Paul, Emily, and Linda @ La Balme +      
 
 
Regina, Paul, Emily, and Linda @ La Balme +      
 
 
Regina, Paul, Emily, and Linda @ La Balme +      
 
La Balme +      
 
 
La Balme +      
 
 
La Balme +      
 
The hiking group taking a rest +      
 
 
The hiking group taking a rest +      
 
 
The hiking group taking a rest +      
 
Regina @ La Balme ++      
With Emily and Linda on the stairs.
 
 
Regina @ La Balme ++      
With Emily and Linda on the stairs.
 
 
Regina @ La Balme ++      
With Emily and Linda on the stairs.
 
La Balme      
 
 
La Balme      
 
 
La Balme      
 
Goodbye to La Balme +      
Ref La Balme, in the foreground, offered a room of bunk beds plus a good dinner. Nice views from the patio, too.
 
 
Goodbye to La Balme +      
Ref La Balme, in the foreground, offered a room of bunk beds plus a good dinner. Nice views from the patio, too.
 
 
Goodbye to La Balme +      
Ref La Balme, in the foreground, offered a room of bunk beds plus a good dinner. Nice views from the patio, too.
 
 
Paris
Thu 29 Jul 2004      France  Paris
Paris
     Thu 29 Jul 2004      France  Paris
 
 
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The Louvre +      
 
 
The Louvre +      
 
 
The Louvre +      
 
Regina, Linda, & Emily @ Sephora Paris ++      
 
 
Regina, Linda, & Emily @ Sephora Paris ++      
 
 
Regina, Linda, & Emily @ Sephora Paris ++      
 
 

 
 
 
Paris
Thu 29 Jul 2004      France  Paris
Paris
     Thu 29 Jul 2004      France  Paris
 
 
 

After hiking most of the TMB we ended up in Paris where we did a little sight seeing and shopping.

 
 
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The Louvre +      
 
 
The Louvre +      
 
 
The Louvre +      
 
Regina, Linda, & Emily @ Sephora Paris ++      
 
 
Regina, Linda, & Emily @ Sephora Paris ++      
 
 
Regina, Linda, & Emily @ Sephora Paris ++      
 
 
Paris
Fri 30 Jul 2004      France  Paris
Paris
     Fri 30 Jul 2004      France  Paris
 
 
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Centre Georges Pompidou ++      
 
 
Centre Georges Pompidou ++      
 
 
Centre Georges Pompidou ++      
 
The Seine      
 
 
The Seine      
 
 
The Seine      
 
Paris      
 
 
Paris      
 
 
Paris      
 
 

 
 
 
Paris
Sun 1 Aug 2004      France  Paris
Paris
     Sun 1 Aug 2004      France  Paris
 
 
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Paris +      
 
 
Paris +      
 
 
Paris +      
 
Museum D'Orsay +      
 
 
Museum D'Orsay +      
 
 
Museum D'Orsay +      
 
 

 
 
 
Aiguille du Midi
Fri 31 Jul 2009      Aiguille du Midi - Chamonix - France 
Aiguille du Midi
     Fri 31 Jul 2009      Aiguille du Midi - Chamonix - France 
 
 
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Aiguille du Midi plan      
It's 2009 and we've returned to Chamonix to hike the Haute Route to Zermatt. Gives me a second opportunity to take the cable car to the top and, if weather permits, the tiny cable car all the way to Helbronner in Italy.
 
 
Aiguille du Midi plan      
It's 2009 and we've returned to Chamonix to hike the Haute Route to Zermatt. Gives me a second opportunity to take the cable car to the top and, if weather permits, the tiny cable car all the way to Helbronner in Italy.
 
 
Aiguille du Midi plan      
It's 2009 and we've returned to Chamonix to hike the Haute Route to Zermatt. Gives me a second opportunity to take the cable car to the top and, if weather permits, the tiny cable car all the way to Helbronner in Italy.
 
View from hotel room      
 
 
View from hotel room      
 
 
View from hotel room      
 
View from the hotel room      
 
 
View from the hotel room      
 
 
View from the hotel room      
 
Chamonix      
A river flows through the charming town.
 
 
Chamonix      
A river flows through the charming town.
 
 
Chamonix      
A river flows through the charming town.
 
 

 
 
 
Aiguille du Midi
Sat 1 Aug 2009      Aiguille du Midi - Chamonix - France 
Aiguille du Midi
     Sat 1 Aug 2009      Aiguille du Midi - Chamonix - France 
 
 
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Chamonix valley from cable car +      
Even looking through the cable car's scratched and reflective glass it's a great view.
 
 
Chamonix valley from cable car +      
Even looking through the cable car's scratched and reflective glass it's a great view.
 
 
Chamonix valley from cable car +      
Even looking through the cable car's scratched and reflective glass it's a great view.
 
Gingie and me +      
Since the weather was perfect (the cable car doesn't run in bad weather) we rode the tiny 4-person car across the glacier from Aiguille du midi to Helbronner. It's f-ing spectacular.
 
 
Gingie and me +      
Since the weather was perfect (the cable car doesn't run in bad weather) we rode the tiny 4-person car across the glacier from Aiguille du midi to Helbronner. It's f-ing spectacular.
 
 
Gingie and me +      
Since the weather was perfect (the cable car doesn't run in bad weather) we rode the tiny 4-person car across the glacier from Aiguille du midi to Helbronner. It's f-ing spectacular.
 
Our cabin mates      
 
 
Our cabin mates      
 
 
Our cabin mates      
 
 

 
 
 
Au revoir
Sun 24 Sep 2017      France 
Au revoir
     Sun 24 Sep 2017      France 
 
 
 

We are on our way to France.

 
 
 
YVR      
 
 
YVR      
 
 
YVR      
 
 
Nice night
Mon 25 Sep 2017      France  Nice
Nice night
     Mon 25 Sep 2017      France  Nice
 
 
 
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.

 
 
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Nice at night      
 
 
Nice at night      
 
 
Nice at night      
 
Paul on Promenade des Anglais      
 
 
Paul on Promenade des Anglais      
 
 
Paul on Promenade des Anglais      
 
Notre Dame de Nice +      
 
 
Notre Dame de Nice +      
 
 
Notre Dame de Nice +      
 
Notre Dame de Nice      
 
 
Notre Dame de Nice      
 
 
Notre Dame de Nice      
 
Fountain in Nice      
 
 
Fountain in Nice      
 
 
Fountain in Nice      
 
 
Nice to Corsica
Tue 26 Sep 2017      Bastia - Corsica - France  Nice
Nice to Corsica
     Tue 26 Sep 2017      Bastia - Corsica - France  Nice
 
 
 

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.

 
 
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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.
 
Arrival in Bastia      
 
 
Arrival in Bastia      
 
 
Arrival in Bastia      
 
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      
 
 
Bastia
Wed 27 Sep 2017      Bastia - Corsica - France 
Bastia
     Wed 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 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.

 
 
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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      
 
 
The train to Ajaccio
Thu 28 Sep 2017      Ajaccio - Corsica - France 
The train to Ajaccio
     Thu 28 Sep 2017      Ajaccio - Corsica - France 
 
 
 
Train

Today we caught the train to Ajaccio. The narrow-gauge train, officially called the Chemins de Fer de la Corse, connects Bastia to Ajaccio and Calvi (along with many points in between, of course). It's quite a scenic train trip as it winds through the mountainous center of Corsica.

The photos from the train suffer a bit because the train was moving and the windows were dirty and scratched. There is only so much that a high shutter speed and polarizer can fix.

 
 
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Narrow-gauge train, Gara di Bastia      
 
 
Narrow-gauge train, Gara di Bastia      
 
 
Narrow-gauge train, Gara di Bastia      
 
Narrow-gauge train, Gara di Bastia      
 
 
Narrow-gauge train, Gara di Bastia      
 
 
Narrow-gauge train, Gara di Bastia      
 
Corsica as seen from train      
 
 
Corsica as seen from train      
 
 
Corsica as seen from train      
 
View from train      
 
 
View from train      
 
 
View from train      
 
View from train      
 
 
View from train      
 
 
View from train      
 
View from train      
 
 
View from train      
 
 
View from train      
 
View from train      
 
 
View from train      
 
 
View from train      
 
Typical train station      
 
 
Typical train station      
 
 
Typical train station      
 
Church in Ajaccio, next to our apt      
Our train ride ended in Ajaccio. We then walked about a km from the train station to our apartment, a roomy one bedroom, conveniently and scenically located in the middle of the old Genovese quarter. Its only downside was being on what appears to be Ajaccio's busiest sidewalk-cafe street. It's chock-a-block with restaurants and bars and it's busy until the wee hours. The noise was ok, it's part of being in town, but the cigarette smoke was annoying.
 
 
Church in Ajaccio, next to our apt      
Our train ride ended in Ajaccio. We then walked about a km from the train station to our apartment, a roomy one bedroom, conveniently and scenically located in the middle of the old Genovese quarter. Its only downside was being on what appears to be Ajaccio's busiest sidewalk-cafe street. It's chock-a-block with restaurants and bars and it's busy until the wee hours. The noise was ok, it's part of being in town, but the cigarette smoke was annoying.
 
 
Church in Ajaccio, next to our apt      
Our train ride ended in Ajaccio. We then walked about a km from the train station to our apartment, a roomy one bedroom, conveniently and scenically located in the middle of the old Genovese quarter. Its only downside was being on what appears to be Ajaccio's busiest sidewalk-cafe street. It's chock-a-block with restaurants and bars and it's busy until the wee hours. The noise was ok, it's part of being in town, but the cigarette smoke was annoying.
 
 
Ajaccio
Fri 29 Sep 2017      Ajaccio - Corsica - France 
Ajaccio
     Fri 29 Sep 2017      Ajaccio - Corsica - France 
 
 
 

Today was a day to explore Ajaccio. After espresso and pastries from the patisserie across the street - I quickly became partial to ambrucciata - we walked along the waterfront, hit the farmers market, ate some charcuterie, and took in some 16th and 17th century art at the museum. Ajaccio is easy getting around, everything is within a few blocks from our apartment, and the sidewalks are overflowing with cafes.

 
 
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View from apartment      
Just across the street is a patisserie for espresso and pastries, and two doors to the left is the Eglise St-Jean Baptiste.
 
 
View from apartment      
Just across the street is a patisserie for espresso and pastries, and two doors to the left is the Eglise St-Jean Baptiste.
 
 
View from apartment      
Just across the street is a patisserie for espresso and pastries, and two doors to the left is the Eglise St-Jean Baptiste.
 
Ambrucciata, mmmm!      
 
 
Ambrucciata, mmmm!      
 
 
Ambrucciata, mmmm!      
 
Ajaccio beach      
 
 
Ajaccio beach      
 
 
Ajaccio beach      
 
Charcuterie, a Corsican speciality      
 
 
Charcuterie, a Corsican speciality      
 
 
Charcuterie, a Corsican speciality      
 
Olives, olives, olives      
 
 
Olives, olives, olives      
 
 
Olives, olives, olives      
 
Palais Fesch Musee de Beaux Arts      
 
 
Palais Fesch Musee de Beaux Arts      
 
 
Palais Fesch Musee de Beaux Arts      
 
Allegory of the church of Rome      
 
 
Allegory of the church of Rome      
 
 
Allegory of the church of Rome      
 
Two ladies looking out the window      
 
 
Two ladies looking out the window      
 
 
Two ladies looking out the window      
 
Paul taking a break      
 
 
Paul taking a break      
 
 
Paul taking a break      
 
 
Torra di a Parata
Sat 30 Sep 2017      Ajaccio - Corsica - France 
Torra di a Parata
     Sat 30 Sep 2017      Ajaccio - Corsica - France 
 
 
 

About a half-hour north of Ajaccio is the Tower of Parata, or Torra di a Parata in Corsican. It is an old stone structure sitting on top of a rocky hill. The tower, one of a series, was built around 1550 by the Republic of Genoa to defend against attacks by Barbary pirates.

 
 
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The tower and the Sanguinares +      
The hill-top tower overlooks the archipelago of the Sanguinares which is composed of four volcanic islands. The largest island has an old lighthouse on its top. None of the islands are inhabited.
 
 
The tower and the Sanguinares +      
The hill-top tower overlooks the archipelago of the Sanguinares which is composed of four volcanic islands. The largest island has an old lighthouse on its top. None of the islands are inhabited.
 
 
The tower and the Sanguinares +      
The hill-top tower overlooks the archipelago of the Sanguinares which is composed of four volcanic islands. The largest island has an old lighthouse on its top. None of the islands are inhabited.
 
Torra di a Parata      

In the far right you can just make out the outskirts of Ajaccio.

If I'd been clever I'd have positioned something in the photo for size relevance, like a person or an umbrella, but in light of that omission I'll say the tower is 12 m (39 ft) in height, so about 3 stories, and it has a diameter of 7.3 m (24 ft) at the roof.

 
 
Torra di a Parata      

In the far right you can just make out the outskirts of Ajaccio.

If I'd been clever I'd have positioned something in the photo for size relevance, like a person or an umbrella, but in light of that omission I'll say the tower is 12 m (39 ft) in height, so about 3 stories, and it has a diameter of 7.3 m (24 ft) at the roof.

 
 
Torra di a Parata      

In the far right you can just make out the outskirts of Ajaccio.

If I'd been clever I'd have positioned something in the photo for size relevance, like a person or an umbrella, but in light of that omission I'll say the tower is 12 m (39 ft) in height, so about 3 stories, and it has a diameter of 7.3 m (24 ft) at the roof.

 
Looking northeast from the tower +      
 
 
Looking northeast from the tower +      
 
 
Looking northeast from the tower +      
 
Panorama of 5 shots from the tower +      
 
 
Panorama of 5 shots from the tower +      
 
 
Panorama of 5 shots from the tower +      
 
 
Chemin des Cretes
Sun 1 Oct 2017      Ajaccio - Corsica - France 
Chemin des Cretes
     Sun 1 Oct 2017      Ajaccio - Corsica - France 
 
 
 

While it isn't exactly the GR20 (the 180km trail stretching the length of Corsica from Calenzana to Conca), the Chemin des Cretes, or Path of the Ridges, provided a scenic hike in the green foothills above Ajaccio with glimpses of the city, its beaches, and the gulf of Ajaccio.

Stretching from Calenzana in the north of Corsica to Conca in the south is the famous GR20, a challenging 180 km trail. It takes at least two weeks and involves, among other challenges, ladders and ropes and rocky scrambles. I'm sure it's a wonderful trek but sadly we didn't do it. Instead, today we did the much much shorter Chemin des Cretes (Path of the Ridges) that starts about a half-hours walk from our central-Ajaccio apartment.

The best-known way to explore its interior is the challenging 180km GR20 one of the most famous walking trails in Europe. It stretches from Calenzana in the north to Conca in the south and is considered one of the most difficult long-distance treks on the continent (there are exposed scrambles, and at some points ladders and steel ropes to assist walkers). The whole thing takes at least two weeks, and involves staying in refuges or camping along the way.

Ajaccio itself is flanked by green foothills covered in an aromatic carpet of vegetation and herbs. Beyond them, a rocky ridgeline dramatically pierces the sky and below are beaches of golden sand.

As I headed up through suburban streets to the trailhead of my chosen route, the Chemin des Crtes (Path of the Ridges), I passed statue after statue of Ajaccio's most famous son Napoleon Bonaparte. Given the hero worship of this leader, the fighting spirit of its eco-activists begins to make sense. The route begins opposite the Bois des Anglais, a patch of woodland left over from the island's short stint as a British colony over 200 years ago. At less than 10km it's a much easier prospect than the more famous trail, but as it cuts along the peaks above the coast it offers stunning views for very little effort, and you can finish up with a very civilised drink in a bar in the seaside village of Vignola.

Who could blame them? With the full extent of the gulf of Ajaccio revealed, and the Iles Sanguinaires creeping out onto the horizon, my gaze, too, was fixed out on this tiny rocky archipelago, that breaks off from the mainland at Pointe de la Parata. They're called the Isles of Blood because of the reddish colour they reflect into the sea.

You can get a good look at the islands' wind- and spray-scoured shapes on another, shorter, walk here. Take the number 5 bus from Ajaccio to the start of the waymarked path (in the car park) and it's a 40-minute round trip to the end of the Pointe de la Parata peninsula. Come in the early evening to avoid the tour buses and watch the light play as the sun sets.

 
 
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Ajaccio as seen from Chemin des Cretes      
 
 
Ajaccio as seen from Chemin des Cretes      
 
 
Ajaccio as seen from Chemin des Cretes      
 
Golfe d'Ajaccio from Chemin des Cretes      
 
 
Golfe d'Ajaccio from Chemin des Cretes      
 
 
Golfe d'Ajaccio from Chemin des Cretes      
 
Ajaccio cathedral +      
Just behind our apartment is the Ajaccio cathedral. Officially the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption of Ajaccio, it was built between 1577 and 1593 and is credited to Italian architect Giacomo della Porta.
 
 
Ajaccio cathedral +      
Just behind our apartment is the Ajaccio cathedral. Officially the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption of Ajaccio, it was built between 1577 and 1593 and is credited to Italian architect Giacomo della Porta.
 
 
Ajaccio cathedral +      
Just behind our apartment is the Ajaccio cathedral. Officially the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption of Ajaccio, it was built between 1577 and 1593 and is credited to Italian architect Giacomo della Porta.
 
Place Marechal Foch      
 
 
Place Marechal Foch      
 
 
Place Marechal Foch      
 
 
The drive to Algajola
Mon 2 Oct 2017      Algajola - Corsica - France  Porto - US Politics
The drive to Algajola
     Mon 2 Oct 2017      Algajola - Corsica - France  Porto - US Politics
 
 
 
So far, all signs are that it was just a guy, just one more American killer who got his hands on some collection of weapons designed for the sole purpose of killing people, and who then killed people. We know that if it was a Muslim with a foreign name, we would be in full panic mode and all we would be hearing about is the ever-greater dangers of terrorism. Indeed, the killings in France, on Sunday, which were surely terrorism, have already begun to attract that kind of attention from the right wing here. But when it happens here, what we're told by the entire power structure of American life - both houses of Congress, the White House, and now the Supreme Court, locked and loaded to sustain the absurd and radical pro-gun ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller - is that there is nothing at all to be done, save to pray. Adam Gopnik in The New Yorker

Algajola

This morning we picked up a car, a small white Citroen, at the Ajaccio airport. We then headed north, to spend a few days in a beach-front hotel in the small seaside town of Algajola.

We picked the scenic route, via Piana and Porto. It is a twisty, two-lane road the whole way, except where it narrows to one lane. It took us through pink-granite canyons along narrow roads carved into rocky mountainsides, with scenery ranging from merely beautiful to spectacular. The only problem with photographing it was finding a place to park, the road being barely two cars wide in places, with a wall of rock on one side and a steep drop on the other side.

 
 
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Piana to Porto      
The first time we drove this road. Very little traffic, just a few tourists like us. We didn't know that we'd drive it three more times, and always with heavier traffic. But it's so beautiful it's worth it.
 
 
Piana to Porto      
The first time we drove this road. Very little traffic, just a few tourists like us. We didn't know that we'd drive it three more times, and always with heavier traffic. But it's so beautiful it's worth it.
 
 
Piana to Porto      
The first time we drove this road. Very little traffic, just a few tourists like us. We didn't know that we'd drive it three more times, and always with heavier traffic. But it's so beautiful it's worth it.
 
Piana to Porto panorama +      
A panorama from the previous photo plus a few more. Creating a panorama such as this has to wait until I'm back home. Well, unless I use the iPhone which has a perfectly nice panorama function.
 
 
Piana to Porto panorama +      
A panorama from the previous photo plus a few more. Creating a panorama such as this has to wait until I'm back home. Well, unless I use the iPhone which has a perfectly nice panorama function.
 
 
Piana to Porto panorama +      
A panorama from the previous photo plus a few more. Creating a panorama such as this has to wait until I'm back home. Well, unless I use the iPhone which has a perfectly nice panorama function.
 
Piana to Porto      
 
 
Piana to Porto      
 
 
Piana to Porto      
 
Piana to Porto panorama      
Another panorama composed from the previous photo plus a few more.
 
 
Piana to Porto panorama      
Another panorama composed from the previous photo plus a few more.
 
 
Piana to Porto panorama      
Another panorama composed from the previous photo plus a few more.
 
Piana to Porto      
 
 
Piana to Porto      
 
 
Piana to Porto      
 
Porto      
 
 
Porto      
 
 
Porto      
 
Northwest Corsica +      
 
 
Northwest Corsica +      
 
 
Northwest Corsica +      
 
Northwest Corsica      
 
 
Northwest Corsica      
 
 
Northwest Corsica      
 
Algajola beach      
As the sun began to set we arrived in Algajola, in northwest Corsica.
 
 
Algajola beach      
As the sun began to set we arrived in Algajola, in northwest Corsica.
 
 
Algajola beach      
As the sun began to set we arrived in Algajola, in northwest Corsica.
 
 
L'Ile-Rousse
Tue 3 Oct 2017      Algajola - Corsica - France  L'Ile Rousse
L'Ile-Rousse
     Tue 3 Oct 2017      Algajola - Corsica - France  L'Ile Rousse
 
 
 

In addition to walking along the beach and watching the wind surfers here in Algajola we explored the nearby town of L'Ile-Rousse, a slightly larger (but still small) town. Just off shore, but connected by a narrow causeway, is a lighthouse-topped island called Ile de la Pietra.