Piscia di Gallu hiking

As well as stunning beaches Corsica also as an amazingly rugged interior full of spectacular scenery to explore.

Here we check out a solitary hiking hut which offers wide ranging views over the surrounding countryside.

We’re heading for the Piscia di Gallu hiking trail that will take us through some of the most incredible scenery on Corsica to see the most beautiful waterfall on the island.

Th walk starts off from a sizeable parking lot with a few pretty little restaurants, it starts off nice and easy with a ramble alongside the river and into the forest which is filled with fragrant Corsican Laricciu pine trees.

But very quickly the going starts to get a bit more arduous, especially for the human sloth that is me!

Below is just one of the many impressive rock formations – this is the sentinel rock on route to the waterfall in the forest of L’Ospedale.

While walking you’ll see numerous strangely shaped boulders which are known as Tafoni. 

These are rocks that have been hollowed out by erosion of the wind and the rain.  Some were used in the past as huts by the shepherds and are called Orii.

Hilariously enough, after an hour and a half of sweaty trekking I don’t actually bother to make the final descent to the actual waterfall (the reason for the trip)!!

The hubby mountain goated his way down but of course didn’t take any photos! Doh!

Instead enjoy a few snaps of this serene lake in the middle of nowhere!

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Calanques de Piana

As we head towards Calvi we choose to negotiate through one of Corsica’s natural wonders, the exceptionally beautiful Calanques de Piana.

These are granite rock formations along the coast of western Corsica near Porto.

Winding south from Porto to Piana in the north west of Corsica, is a coastal road with some of the most stunning, otherworldly scenery that we’ve ever encountered in Europe.

The Calanques de Piana are incredible, sculptural, weather beaten rock formations with an almost alien feel to them.

The surreal landscape of wind-eroded granite cliffs tower over the road and then plunge dazzlingly into the sea.

The cliffs are a naturally harmonised palette of colours including red, pink, russet and honey.

Stacks, towers and pinnacles have been shaped by the elements and are up to 300 metres above the sea in some places.

Photo dump!

Last lot of Takayama photos now folks before we head onward to Hiroshima. Random snaps galore!

The man poses in front of yet another gorgeous little wooden homestead. If only we could dismantle one and rebuild it in our back garden!

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Here’s a few colourful snaps of posters, banners and stuff to buy. There’s lots of traditional images including Koi Carp and green tea caddies masquerading as little geisha.

Traditional sugary treats and conical hats are temptingly arrayed for the souvenir hunting tourists.

Then it’s back in the Hida bullet train and rumbling onwards to our next destination.

As the train heads onwards I get to gaze out on the beautiful scenery once again.

From tumbling river cascades to endless rice fields, its a peaceful scene of rural Japan.

 

 

Glimpses from the train

Bright and early we’ve hopped on the Shinkansen heading out of Tokyo and towards our next destination – Takayama in the Japanese alps!

As we leave the dazzling, frantic cityscape the scenery becomes more and more rural.

There’s tumbling rivers, rice fields and verdant forests whizzing past us at a rate of knots.

The countryside offers us tantalising snippets of a life that we’ll never experience.

Below you can see the endless yellow of the rice fields and several rice drying racks.

The fields are interspersed with quaint little villages, full of traditional houses.

There’s more rice drying racks alongside every road and village, we can even spot people beavering away harvesting it.

Above and below farmers scurry around getting their harvest in before rain showers scupper their plans.

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Keep your eyes pointed to the blog as we rock up in the gorgeous town of Takayama next!