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Arrondissement de Sartène

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  • Day46

    Zonza in the Corsican mountains.

    June 26, 2019 in France ⋅ 🌙 27 °C

    Last night I stayed at a resort hotel in the northern hills of Sardinia. The views were amazing as it overlooked a huge lake with a dam at the end and compared to tonight's accommodation it was quite good. More about that later.
    Today and for the next few days it is more about the journey than the destination insomuch as the roads through the mountains are a motorcyclists dream come true with amazing views around every bend. Mind you really have to concentrate as there are no barriers and a lot of steep drops. I stopped at one bend to take a photo and walked to the very edge and looked down. There were three cars about half way down stuck in trees. They looked like they had been there a while.
    I chose Zonza because it is up in the mountains and a couple of hours ride from the ferry. I thought it might be a bit cooler at 850 meters above sea level which it is compared to the 37c at the beautiful port of Bonifacio which reminded me of coming into Valletta harbour Malta. I chose my hotel because it was the cheapest I could find in the area at 61 euros. I've stayed in four star hotels for less. I should have spent more and found a room with a fan as it is still around 32c here. What can I say about this hotel. I have a balcony which looks out on the busy main street and is above the noisy restaurant and I have my own shower (which is in the bedroom).
    I've thought of something nice about it. The toilet which is also in the bedroom has a soft close lid.
    I think this town must be a motorcyclists place to stay as there are quite a few here. I got talking to a couple who flew from Idaho USA and rented bikes similar to mine in southern France and will be here a couple of weeks. A group of French bikers from Leon are staying at the hotel and one of them told me which ferry to book to avoid the strike so when I leave I will be going to Toulon rather than my intended Marseilles and a day earlier as it is not every day. He also helped me adjust the chain on my bike as it is a two man job.
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  • Day204

    PortoVecchio

    October 14, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Here are some photos from our walk around the historic old town of Porto Vecchio. The old part was lovely and had some beautiful looking shops, cafes and restaurants we ate a delicious lunch set menu before moving down the hill to the new town to do some grocery shopping. As we were anchored quite a distance from the harbour next to the island on the southern side we used the outboard but for whatever reason it kept cutting out not a problem as restarted each time and wind blowing us into shore anyway, on the way back it was windier and took a while to get engine started but once it did we got most of the way before it stopped and John rowed rest of the way. Once safely onboard John thought he better do a bit of investigative work on the outboard, all was going well until the reconstruction phase when he dropped the little black rubber diaphragm overboard! We won’t be using the outboard again until we find a replacement! Take Five can be seen, just, in both the sea view photos.Read more

  • Day206

    Gurgazu, Golfe de Sant Amanza

    October 16, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Forecast wasn’t great so after our time in Vecchio we headed south stopping for lunch and a dip in Golfe de Rondinara, an almost idyllic horseshoe bay but it was still experiencing swell and the A’s winds due to pick up again we continued South into Golfe de Santa Amanza where there were a few other yachts waiting for the winds to ease off. One poor Frenchman had to set his anchor at least three times, we think was a bit small, he kept dragging. On our way to the anchorage we noticed a couple of tugs and a patrol boat off the coast further south but didn’t know what they were up to at the time. Luckily the wind the next day wasn’t quite as bad as we had feared so John was happy to go for a walk, we got to Bonifacio 70 mins later and after walking up to the old town we had a lovely set menu near the port before walking back a less direct but far more scenic route. Should be back here with the boat soon.Read more

  • Day214

    Bonifacio

    October 24, 2019 in France ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

    We had a horrible crossing from Santa Teresa to Bonifacio sea was all over the place, very rolly, and it RAINED! Thank goodness it was only a two hour trip. We moored up with assistance from the boat next door which was about to depart no idea where the Marina staff were. Sky cleared so we went for a wander up to old town, across drawbridge ( see photo for how they lifted drawbridge) and right out to the point overlooking the harbour entrance. We hadn’t been able to appreciate it on our way in what with wind waves and rain. Then looked in at the cemetery with all it’s mausoleums, it was like a village for small people. Little houses around an open square. After a taster of Corsican Myrtle wine, almost Port like, we went back to boat and then paid o/s port fee we had paid a deposit on line already. OK evening meal but we know we are in France everything is more expensive €68 a night versus €24 in Santa Teresa and latte’s up to €3 or 4 versus €1.50. Hopefully a couple of nights at anchor to even things up.Read more

  • Day216

    Campomoro

    October 26, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Another lumpy cold trip this time round the south west corner of Corsica, fortunately the sun came out as we arrived and we were able to find a lovely sheltered anchorage out of the swell which on the way was coming from all directions. Even managed a quick dip, before I went in John caught a jellyfish and we checked that it didn’t sting. Umm we must have picked a dud as not long after I got in, wearing rash vest as still not convinced, I got stung on both wrists and one ankle. Not badly it was a bit like a bad nettle sting giving red welts and stinging for about 30 mins, next day could still see it but no pain. Today we went for a walk we were just going to go up to the Genovaise tower on the headland but we were on our way and noticed it wouldn’t be open till 10 so walked around the headland first, going for a quick skinny dip, I even got John in. Then up to the tower, the views were stunning across and into the inlet. We then walked back south along the coast seeing some incredible rick formations before cutting inland, up and along the ridge and back to Campmoro where we were lucky to get the last unreserved table at Chez Pierre Paul where we had an absolutely delicious meal, a bit pricey but would definitely recommend it.
    Tomorrow the plan is to head towards Ajaccio as we hope to take the train inland to Corte, in the middle of the island.
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  • Day34

    Bon jour Korsika.

    May 21, 2019 in France ⋅ 🌬 21 °C

    Die Überfahrt mit der Fähre war in unseren Augen eine Katastrophe. Sehr stürmisch und schaukelig. 😱🤮 Gut das es nur ca eine Stunde dauerte.
    Stehen jetzt auf einem Stellplatz bei Palombaja Porto. Endlich Badewetter.

  • Day9

    Flanieren in Bonifacio

    September 3, 2019 in France ⋅ ☁️ 27 °C

    Wie es sich für einen Urlaub gehört, haben wir gemütlich ausgeschlafen. Frühstück im Camp mit überteuerter Kaffee ☕️ vom Italiener, dazu Spiegelei 🍳 ala Joe . Unsere Nachbarn aus Konstanz saßen gefühlt direkt neben uns, da der Platz allg. recht klein war. Gestärkt ging es los Richtung Hafen um mit dem Bähn’chen ( 5€ hin & zurück ) zur am Felsen gelegene mittelalterliche Zitadelle 🏰 zu fahren. Mein Shopping ❤️ hat sofort höher geschlagen, da wir direkt auf einem Markt gelandet sind. Ein Kleid 👗 später ging unsere Erkundungstour los. Zum Start des Ganzen ein wunderschöner Friedhof ✝️ mit Blick aufs Meer 🌊, gefolgt von der Treppe des Aragon mit 187 Treppenstufen hinunter zu einer Kalkstein-Klippe mit toller Aussicht über die Bucht. Etwas außer Atem, wir mussten die Treppe ja schließlich auch wieder hoch laufen, haben wir uns eine Kugel Eis 🍧 gegönnt. Joe 👨🏻‍🦰 hatte seine Hut 🧢 vergessen & war halb am verbrennen. Daher hab ich 👱🏼‍♀️ mir einen neuen Hut gekauft und Joe hat ihn eingetragen. Dabei sah er aus wie ein super Tourist. 😀 Zum Mittag haben wir uns ein kleines Restaurant inmitten der vielen Touristen gesucht. 5 kleine Stücken Käse 🧀 mit etwas Konfitüre & Brot 🥖 für 15€, da muss man jeden Bissen besonders geniessen. Müde von der Sonne ging die Fahrt zurück zum Hafen um dann doch weiter zu flanieren. Noch eine schnell Dose Bier 🍻 vom Supermarkt & es ging zurück zum Campingplatz 🏕 um Reis 🍚 mit Scheiss zu kochen. Joe war noch voll motiviert, daher haben wir uns auf die Bikes 🚲 🚴 geschwungen & sind los in Richtung Strand. Da der weg dorthin recht steil war, bin ich schnell wieder umgedreht. Joe hat sich von oben den Sonnenuntergang 🌅 angeschaut.
    Zurück am Campingplatz haben wir noch eine Weile Karten gespielt ( ich hab jedes Spiel gewonnen 🥰 ), dazu gab es Wein & Salzstangen. Den Abend ausklingen lassen haben wir in unserem persönlichen Autokino.

    Fazit des Tages: Joe geht nicht gerne flanieren, ich liebe liebe liebe es.

    Spruch des Tages: Rappel Jé Pippi
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  • Day10

    Clanca Murata - T6 route

    May 27, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    After being forced into a seaside resort for the night due to a big rally car race around the Northern peninsula of Corsica, we spent the day in Bastia trying to figure out the most economical way to Bavella for climbing.

    Since buses don't make there way there until July and camping is a 10 minute drive away, we rented a car for 14€ a day. And yes, the car runs.

    In Bavella we took to the hills and spent a couple hours route finding our way up Clanca Murata. With no large packs today we were able to do some more intensive scramble climbing to the top.

    It was another great experience in route finding. There weren't any markers this time but we came across some old climbing bolts so we felt like we did a great job reading the rock.
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