Detour across the med.
Trip Start Aug 28, 2006
75Trip End Aug 31, 2007
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It has been more than a month that I have had to force either spanish or french out of my mouth, the transition is always the hardest part. But now I am back into the french thing, as much as I can be anyway. My french really is not good, but I can do everything I need to do, have basic conversations...some guy the other day said I had a spanish accent when I spoke french, now that's funny.
I spent the first few nights in a woman's home in Bastia. She was great, full of energy, she had a very cosy house, and a backyard full of tortoises
I took the train up to the mountains to do some hikes around Corte. The weather has been gorgeous, so I was out all the time wearing my legs out. It was a tiny little train, only one car. The public transport is not in full swing, they seem to gear it all to the high season in summer. So I probably should have rented a car, but for some reason I didn't. Took the train to the coast, to Ajaccio, then a bus to Piana. That is a very pretty little village on the west coast, near Porto. I did some great walks, and stayed in a cool old hotel. I treated myself to a kir and a cheese plate on the terrace. Went to Porto and took a great boat trip to see the amazing rock formations. Then, I thought, well, I will just hop on a bus to go north to the next big town....unless I wanted to wait until JUNE to catch the bus
This place is a geologists dream. Honestly, this place is beautiful. It is alot like California in some ways, but that aquamarine water reminds you you are not at Big Corona. The snow capped mountains and that water together just make your jaw drop. And then there are little villages perched on hilltops, like a dribble castle. It is a big place, too big for one week. So I will have to come back and see the south!