FROM LA CANONICA TO THE SEA - AUGUST 2010
After Sardinia, it would make sense to visit Corsica. The island is the most mountainous in the Mediterranean Sea, but it is probably more famous for being the place where Napoleon Bonaparte was born than for its enchanting mountains!!
Having been occupied since the Mesolithic era, it received Carthaginians, Greeks, Etruscans, Romans, Vandals, Visigoths, Saracens and Lombards, before being given by Pepin the Short, king of the Franks and Charlemagne's father, to pope Stephen II.
Governed by the Genoese from 1347 until 1729 (with a short interruption by the Franco-Ottoman alliance in 1553 - Sampiero Corso), it was independent under the leadership of Pasquale Paoli from 1755 through 1769! And then it became French...
"LA CANONICA - The closest monument to the Bastia-Poretta's airport is this church, which was consecrated in 1119, though it seems to have been built much earlier... Nearby, the archaeological digs of the Roman city of Mariana may be visited"
"LA CANONICA - Built in Romanesque style, it shows a curious bestiary over the portal. Inside, a small statue of Saint Devota (patron Saint of Corsica and Monaco, who was born in Mariana) may be seen. It was given by Prince Rainier III of Monaco on June 9, 2003, on the seventeenth centenary of the martyrdom of the Saint. The wooden polychromatic statue is of Santa Maria Assunta"
"FROM LA CANONICA TO THE SEA - Through roads N193 and N1197 and Ponte Leccia"
"SEA COLOURS - From Ostriconi Beach to Ile Rousse"
"ILE ROUSSE - Isula Rossa in Corsican owes its name to the ochre colour of a rocky islet that served as a natural harbour. Founded in 1758 by Pasquale Paoli, it is, together with Saint-Florent, the only two communes in Corsica to have a French name"
"ILE ROUSSE BEACH"
"ALGAJOLA - ST. AMBROGGIO"
"NORTHWEST COAST WITH TRAIN - The little train between Ile Rousse and Calvi is a must for the beach visitors... But according to a rider, it's a «rickety old train (...), noisy as hell, sweltering hot in the summer but the views are stunning..."