Thursday, May 6, 2010

Corsica, France

Corsica is on the way to Italy but it belongs to the French. It’s the birthplace of Columbus. The place of his birth is located in the Citadel, the town pictured in the first photo. One wonders what the world would have been like if Columbus had not sailed west.

The town is typically French with the outdoor display of vegetables and narrow streets to negotiate.

Nevertheless, we had full size buses for our tour through the mountains. Even though Corsica is an island, they have 8000 ft mountains! With so many ups and downs, they place their villages on the sides or tops of cliffs, reserving the limited flat areas for crops. That makes for a very scenic ride and the roads are very narrow, especially when meeting another bus! I have a video of such an encounter and it seems like the sides of the two buses “melt” through each other. We just sat back and enjoyed the views, trying to ignore the impossible passages of other vehicles as well as the sheer drop-offs at the edges of the roads! Just look at this video to see what happends when two buses meet!