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Trip Report Corsica - A Short Trip Report (sort of) about a Spectacular Island

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This will be more of an impression, with some facts and comments, kind of trip report. No "I rose at 8AM and had breakfast" reporting.

When I was planning this trip for me and my husband I went to my trusty Fodor's forum and got some information from a small handful of people (thanks, guys!) and realized that there wasn't that much info out there. So this is my contribution.

We first flew from JFK to Nice, spent 3 days there and then flew to Corsica. Our time on Corsica was broken down this way: 4 nights in Calvi, 2 nights in Corte, 1 night in Bonifaccio and 3 nights in Ajaccio. We rented a car and my trusty husband did the driving.

Roads & Driving: Some of the coast roads (driving south from Calvi) and the mountain roads inland are super crazy scary. Narrow roads with many, many hairpin turns and no guardrails. At two points in the driving my husband had to turn back 'cause he wouldn't go any further. And I was happy he did. The first was the road on the coast from Calvi south and the second was in the Restonica Valley. Crazy Corsican drivers too - zooming around blind curves. Yow!

The beaches near Calvi were spectacular. Turquoise waters with the Citadelle in the background. Restaurants right on the beach, Palm trees and even Pine trees. Totally enchanting. I'd go back in a minute.

Weather: Extremely windy at times. We never did get boat trips to the Calanches and the Scandola National Park because boats were not going out. Definitely were disappointed. Temps were high 70's to very low 80's. And NO HUMIDITY! Fantastic.

Geography: A big reason we went. The mountains are highest inland but they're really all over the island. And then there are beaches to rival some in the Carribbean.

Medieval villages all through the mountains. We walked many cobblestone streets. Up & down. Up & down. But wonderful.

Food - Every place seems to offer pizza. Food was expensive. Specialty - Wild boar stew. I wasn't crazy about it but my husband liked it. I thought it was like tough pot roast. Lots and lots of ice cream. Delicious salads everywhere we went. Got sandwiches for lunch one day while sitting on a wall in Calvi, and in a park in Ajaccio so as to try to cut down on the $ spent on food.

Tourists: Most were French. We met two other Americans in our 10 days there.

Favorites: Calvi beaches, and its beautiful port. Our hotel "Sainte Christophe" and our room with a terrace overlooking the Mediterranean and the Citadelle, didn't hurt. The fact that way up in it's Citadelle there's an actual village. Corsica's varied stone colors on the mountains. Breathtaking vistas almost all over the island. The weather.

Should you go? Yes, yes, yes.

If you have questions, just ask me and I'll do my best to answer them.

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