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... the top of the steps is a tall plinth with the majestic figure of Napoleon Bonaparte staring out across the bay of Ajaccio. This place was originally chosen as it is said Napoleon used to play here as a child.
As you may have guessed by now, Napoleon Bonaparte can be seen all over Ajaccio, in monuments, statues and place names associated with his famous victories (Place Austerlitz springs to mind although we were hard pushed to find an Avenue de Waterloo – ...
... several monuments dedicated to him and other members of his family.
We drove for a bit along the cost, but soon headed inland and up. As we drove along the twisting road, Claudia explained about the plants that can be found at the various elevations. Corsica is known for the macchia (thick shrubby) vegetation found on its hillsides. At higher elevations, the endemic laricio pine is found. There is also much wildlife – sheep, wild pigs (we saw some of them), ...
... just after we stopped a truck full of sheep went passed.
Great little hotel with coastal views in Porto.
An afternoon walk and drinks on the balcony before pizza and rose' at the local restaurant.
Xxxx Ann and Jeff
Ps peter - u got a post card suck it up!!
Docked at Propriano, population 3k, smaller than Waiheke! Southern coast of Corsica. Have got a full day here, not leaving until 11pm so plan is to get out and about during the day, return for dinner and then go back on shore if it looks safe enough. I'm taking the bus over to Bonifacio about an hour away, through the island. Corsica is very mountainous and quite green (in terms of trees and bush, not flowers). You can actually go skiing here, like Sicily I ...
... The ground floor and the cellar feature a few photographs of the family residences around Ajaccio and photographs of various agricultural instruments used on the land such as millstones, jars and oil-presses
We spent 1hr there and it was well worth it. The entrance was free as it was the first Sunday of the month. Soon after our visit, we picked up our luggage and went to the airport to catch our flight to Rome where we had accommodations for one night.