Oops! This has become more like a “London Blog” – not my original intention! But as you probably guessed it is my love!
So how about a bit of Corsica for a diversion? When we first told our friends we were going to Corsica for a holiday, most of them said “where’s that?” The next question was “What made you choose Corsica?”
Corsica or Corse to the locals, is a small island above Sardinia, between France and Italy. Although it is closer to Italy it actually belongs to France, and is French speaking.
Well, what makes us choose any place?
FOOD, WINE and PEOPLE of course! Or should I say of Corse!!!
Before we went I thought it would be a mixture of the two cultures, but in reality, Corsica has a culture all of it’s own.
We spent three fabulous weeks on this beautiful island, basing ourselves in Ile Rousse with a hire car to do day trips and once an overnight stay in Bonifacio.
Although the distance between Ile Rousse and Bonifacio is just about 185kms, the mountainous terrain means it takes about 3.5hrs! It was worth the drive, and the sights on the way were awesome!
I must admit, the first day we drove around the mountains (on the wrong side of the road – well for us it was!) I had my heart in my mouth at every bend! From a sheer drop on one side to an overhanging cliff on the other, cyclists, wild pigs, goats and a few cows to contend with, I was so glad to see our first stop and lunch! A couple of Corsican wines and some food soon relaxed me and a stern word or two from my husband Rick kept me quiet for the rest of the trip!
Then it was back to our apartment and a dip in the pool before venturing into the town for dinner.
Ile Rousse is a picturesque coastal town at the bottom of the mountains. With Place Pascal Paoli home to daily fresh food markets, local butchers, bakers, and bistros, it was the perfect place for us.
Each morning we would wander around the markets and artisan shops sampling (and sometimes buying) fresh local produce.
A mid morning stop was mandatory for a glass or two of Corsican vino, accompanied by the obligatory bowl of corsican olives. Just to sit and people watch was magic and of course the weather was great!
I think I have to dedicate some more posts to this awesome island – Corsica has so much to offer, and one day we would love to go back!
If you have been there I would love to hear your thoughts and comments, so stay tuned for more of this beautiful place.