Boats & beaches

Ajaccio is Corsica’s capital and is a port city on the rugged isle’s western coast.

As such it has a bustling little marina and large port complete with a multitude of colourful, bobbing boats.

The Tino Rossi Marina is a pleasant place to stroll around and enjoy the laid back bustle of fishermen carrying on their centuries old traditions.

Naturally the hubby opts to locate the more flashy boats and proceeds to act as if he has the money to own one . . .

Then we’re heading back to the pretty town beach for one of our budget picnics and a splash about!

Supermarket beer and baguettes! That’s how us cheapskates travel 🙂

That’s it for Ajaccio, we’re heading onward in a North Easterly direction as we head to the citadel town of Calvi via the spectacular Calanches de Piana and Gorges de la Spelunca.

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Corsican crew

The next trip of 2018 was to the little French island of Corsica. Having visited the neighbouring Italian island of Sardinia the year before we were keen to compare the two.

The first stop is the capital city of Ajaccio complete with its pretty town beach.

Ajaccio has a wealth of history. Not least of which is that it is the birthplace of French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte in 1769.

His ancestral home, Maison Bonaparte, is now a museum displaying family heirlooms.

They also quite like lots of hogs – mainly down to the fact that it is a local delicacy thanks to large numbers of wild piggies that roam the island.

We enjoy a lovely sunset on the beach to round off a perfect first day.