Napoleon, Nougat, Essential oils and Wierd Wine

Trip Start Nov 07, 2013
Trip End Dec 11, 2013

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Flag of France  , Corsica,
Tuesday, November 12, 2013

We did another 4 hour tour in Corsica.  Corsica is the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte and he is very popular here.  We visited local artisan workshops on this beautiful island.  It is very mountainous.  Its history stretches back to the Greeks and Romans as it is strategically situated in the Mediterranean close to both Italy and France.  It is a French Island now but has been ruled by the Genovese.

The interior of the island is very mountainous and for centuries the population lived mostly in the mountains to avoid the malaria and other mosquito born illnesses found along the coast.  That has changed and now the population is centered on the coastal areas.  We didn't ride the train but there is one that traverses the island.  It does take a long time to get from one side to the other.

For our tour we began with a lovely drive through the countryside to a nougat factory.  Yes, I said nougat  Now we don't know about the rest of you, but we have never given nougat much though. We can tell you that the man who owned this family enterprise was enraptured by nougat. He was also the local comedian.  He sold a lot of nougat during our visit.  He put on this hipster hat and performed for us.  We now all know how to make nougat and what Napoleon looks like.  He also made somethng like Nutella, only better for you.  Andrea, sucker for a good salesperson that she is, bought the large package and now also owns a red scarf with a gold picture of Napoleon on it.  It was yummy candy and if the ship runs out of food, we have a lot of nougat to eat,  This nougat factory also boasted a cat that the owner threw out, but it then came back in through a window.  Andrea will be glad to share some of the cat hair flavored nougat with you.

We then drove up the mountain to an essential oil factory. We had to hike up the mountain to get to the factory, we all made it in one piece. It was run by two Corsican brothers (was this the Corsican Brotherhood?)  We learned how they made these essential oils and what they are used for. Sue had canker sores that were cured by the oil she bought!  We are all happy that this is all that has gone wrong with Sue so far on this trip.

Then on to the winery.  There were 126 wineries on Corsica, we only say one.  This one's wildlife included a small dog that we were instructed not to feed.  The wine was, you could say, different, and as Kirsten would say "You could tasted the dirt".  A woman ran the winerie.  We learned all bout cork, plaxtic corks and screw caps.  In Corsica they have a lot of cork trees, but they don't use the cork, they sell it to France.  They use plastic or screw caps.  The salami was really good and some people were indeed feeding the dog.

Then we got on our us and went back to the ship, for our first day of trivia.  Sue is pretty competitive, in case some of you haven't realized that, and we did not win. In fact, we only got 5 right.  Oh well,  Sue and Andrea then played Bingo and Andrea is currently up $1.00 and 5 Regent rewards points.  
We had a dinner at one of the specialty restaurants and Ken and Andrea went to the show (a good singer, who apparently recorded the Love Boat theme, who sounded like Frank Sinatra, while the Susans went to the casino.  Ms. Rhode brags that she is up $5.00.   

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Grant C. on

Up $5 on a shipboard casino is pretty good. Let's see how things stand at the end of the trip. ;-)

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