Monday, September 05, 2011



"HOTEL LE GOELAND - Room 15 has a view..."

"PORTO VECCHIO - THE GENOESE GATE - Porto Vecchio is the third town in Corsica"



"MARINA OF PORTO VECCHIO, a.k.a. the St. Tropez of Corsica"

"PALOMBAGGIA - Said to be the most famous beach in Corsica, it has been voted one of the Top 10 best beaches in Europe"

"PALOMBAGGIA - North side on the left, south side on the right..."

"PALOMBAGGIA - Bathers, Salesman and afternoon wind"

"SANTA GIULIA - A large lagoon-type beach with turquoise water and white soft sands"

"SANTA GIULIA - An exceptionally shallow and calm sea, with small areas of reef"

"RONDINARA - Flanked by pines in a protected nature reserve, with a calm, shallow and gently sloping sea..."

"RONDINARA - A beautiful horseshoe bay"

"CALA ROSSA - It gets its name from the reddish colour of the sand and surrounding rocks"

"CALA ROSSA - Not much space left due to the luxurious villas with gardens running right up to the beach and the Grand Hotel Cala Rossa with its own private secluded cove..."


Trotter said...

Hi Folks! Last week I was supposed to take my 2011 vacation time. Sadly it was the shortest vacation on my life: out on August 26th and back on August 27th! My mother (89) fractured the femur neck, went to the hospital for surgery and back home I was! After a week coming and going to the hospital and without vacation this year, let’s remember the good times of last summer: great beaches in Corsica! Enjoy, drop a line and have a gorgeous week, anywhere you are...

diane b said...

Hope your mum is okay and that you can have a holiday later. Thank you for the trip around Corsica The beaches are beautiful and the water so clear and blue.
Come for a helicopter ride with me on my blog.

Siddhartha Joshi said...

Superb...great pics, as usual :)

PETRO50 said...

Grandes fotos e lugares maravilhosos. Um monte de viajar e é visto a partir de um grande número de fotos. Gosto muito desse jeito. Peter.

SusuPetal said...

Oh, your poor mum! Hope she's getting better!

Autumn has arrived to Helsinki. Sad but true.

Dianne said...

Your poor Mum Trotter - hope her recovery is speedy- thankfully you have the memories of this beautiful place - blue seas -blue skies and Oh! so vechio!

Ash said...

Very nice images, Gil. Wishing your mum a speedy recovery!

alicesg said...

A lovely holiday with so much to see. Short holiday at least you have a break.

Mariposa said...

oo lovely! i just came back from a short holiday from will be up soon! but for now i've put up my Bangkok trip :)

lyliane six said...

Il me semble que tu s un an de plus aujourd'hui!!! Michel et moi te souhaitons un heureux anniversaire reçois toute notre amitié.Bises à vous 2.

Mariposa said...

I hope your mother recovers soon. Also, i remember you have the same birthday as my sister - so Happy Birthday from Malaysia!! :D

P.N. Subramanian said...

Breathtaking pictures. PORTO VECCHIO - THE GENOESE GATE must have lots of stories to tell. I am sorry to learn about your mom's problems. I pray for her complete recovery within a fortnight.

Emm said...

Stunning photos!!! I definitely want to go to Corsica after seeing all of your photos.

Ramakrishnan said...

Hi & Namaste !

Your pictures are simply superb !
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Ron said...

Very nice post:) I hope your mom is doing better.

A Lady's Life said...

rotten luck trotter
your mom is like me nursing her bones and hoping for good weather lol
Hope she is ok.

Shionge said...

Hey I hope your Mom is well and on the road to recovering ya.

Pietro Brosio said...

Hi Gil! Another wonderful post indeed!
I hope your Mom is well.
Happy Friday!

Nikon said...

Sorry to hear about the injury, Gil.
I hope that your Mom heals quickly & completely.

I love your photos, especially the Santa Giulia shots.

Rosaria Williams said...

So good to run into you! I just took a corsican holiday without leaving my living room.

Rakesh Vanamali said...

I've been gone for sometime and look what I missed!

Coming back to your space feels so wonderful, like visiting old times and bliss, laughter, peace and happiness, all in unending measure!

Lakshmi said...

stunning pics and its great to visit your blog after my wonderful trip to UK-hope your moms better

Gizelle said...

They are all postcard worthy photos! You've been sending me envy with these shots! :D

Bhushavali said...

As usual, great great shots...
And I'm missing beaches, gotta go this weekend atleast!!!
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Thérèse said...

No more travels!
Have a nice weekend!

My Unfinished Life said...

hope ur mum gets well soon!!

some amazing the first one too much!!

Thérèse said...

Hoping everything is fine.

PeterParis said...

I have omitted to check the blogs of my friends for a while... having been away and been busy. I can see that you have not been posting for a long while. Hope that everything is OK, despite the unfortunate things you mentioned in your introduction comment. Hope that you will soon resume your nice posts! All the best!

magiceye said...

that was beautiful!!

Anonymous said...

Hello Gil, So good to see you! If I had my druthers, I'd love to be sitting at that table, glass of wine in hand, at Hotel Le Goeland. The view is stunning. xo

BLOGitse said...

Oh we hope your mom is better already!
Corsica seems to be a place to visit.

I had a long blogging break - the whole summer. I was too busy to blog, still busy but I try to post at least once a week. This Wed we're going to Madrid for 4 days.
Situation in Europe is bad. And who started this - France and Germany and now the whole Europe is in the mess!

We've had a long and hot summer and autumn has been long and beautiful. No snow yet in Helsinki! :)

Hope you both are okay and life is not too stressful.

Thanks for your comment,
have a good week ahead!

eye in the sky said...

Hey, Gil. Seen this post already a few weeks ago. I'm demanding for new ones! LOL. Kidding, of course.

I'm glad you're back. What can I say... If I were God, I'd design a beach exactly like the one at the 1st photo. It's just a piece of paradise. All I can do is admire its beauty.

Hope everything gets better soon.


[G@ttoGiallo] said...

Too bad for your parents. That is one of life's dark side I've already stepped in.
Your 2010's holidays were a better time for sure, isn't it...

Concerning the financial crisis, we really should #occupytheplanet!

april said...

I hope your mum is better now and good times will come back. At least you can remember the wonderful holiday times last year.
Herzliche Grüße aus Köln

Megan said...

How incredibly beautiful - especially the beaches!

RuneE said...

Sorry to hear about the problems at home (and in the EU ...). I hope it will all work out. For the moment, though, I'll gladly switch my rain for this tremendous weather!

Anonymous said...

I send a prayer and good thoughts for you and your parents. Glad to see you blogging again.

Jen Laceda said...

Sorry to hear about your mom, but glad to know that the surgery went well! I guess you just have to make up for your "shortest" vacation ever!

Cloudia said...

wishing you calm seas after your recent troubles, friend!

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Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your Mom, Gil! I hope she has a full recovery. My Mom is the same age and I worry the same will happen to her someday. I hope you Dad is also feeling better.

Vacations like the ones you took in Corsica are wonderful, and the memories of such happy times are very good to have in the hard times you are going through now.

I hope you will soon be able to enjoy another wonderful trip-- sincere my best wishes and prayers for your parents.

yyam said...

These are gorgeous! Hope your mother feels much better soon....hugs to you two! :)

Trotter said...

Hi Everybody! It took some time, but finally you got the answers; even if you don’t care about them... Except for that small number of dear blog friends who actually read all this stuff… Thanks for coming here, always…

Hopefully things will be better, but reasonably things can only get worse…
I’ll take that helicopter ride wherever you make it…


That Google translator makes great surprises… In particular using Portuguese from Brazil… ;)

And the hour moved to winter time; awful!!

Memories, that’s what we have…

Thanks for the wishes!

A 24 hour break with mom in hospital isn’t that interesting…

Sarawak? That remembers me Sandakan… ;) Hope you were not caught in floods in Thailand…
Happy belated birthday to your sister!

Merci pour ton souvenir de la date…

Thanks! There is always a lot to know when you travel...

Trotter said...

Part Two:

Start packing!! ;)

I’ve done! Your daughter looks cute!!


Good weather is something difficult to get this season... But the worse is changing to winter time... ;)

Thanks! Looking forward to see both of them stable...

Thanks! You’re too kind always...

Santa Giulia is perfect! It has a small hotel just down there, by the beach... Fabulous; but always fully booked from May onwards... ;)

My pleasure!! Thanks for your visit and first time comment here!! Look forward to reading you often!!

Thanks! Welcome back!!

You were in Europe; my daughter went to India... Fabulous Rajasthan!!

Great to see you back here!!

Trotter said...

Part Three:

The beach season is definitely closed here for us, though summer lasted long, almost till the end of October... Incredible!!

Harsh times... ;-(

Hope you had a great Trans-Siberian trip! One of my dreams... Things are in such a phase that it’s hard to see them improving... I would be happy to see it stabilize... I’ll pass through your blog with time to check everything in detail!!


If I had my druthers?
«Origin: This is an American phrase and not used widely elsewhere. People elsewhere in the world might want to know what druthers are, as the phrase conveys otherwise. Druthers is a shortening of 'would rathers'. The phrase originated in the late 19th century and is first cited in the January 1870 edition of Overland monthly and Out West magazine, in a story called Centrepole Bill, by George F. Emery: "If I was a youngster, I 'drather set up in any perfession but a circus-driver, but a man can't always have his 'drathers."
Druthers, as opposed to its earlier variant drathers, is traced back to 1876 in Dialect Notes: "Bein's I caint have my druthers an' set still, I cal'late I'd better pearten up an' go 'long."»
Oh dear, always learning with you!!! The place is really superb, and a glass of Dom Perigon would definitely fit there… ;))

Hard to see things improve when one is over 90!!
Come on, coming to Madrid? You could make it a little bit to the West, much more interesting… ;)
Great weather up to now; but it seems it’s going to change… And the time has already changed, which is something that drives me mad… I mean winter time…

You have a new one; pre-historical, but new… ;)

So, you know the picture… And only son… 2011 wasn’t that good; the problem is that, at least here, 2012 and 2013 are going to be worse…

Danke sehr! Tschüß!!

Thanks for your visit and comment here. Lokk forward to reading you more often!!

Trotter said...

Part Four, and final, for the time being...

Problems everywhere in Europe, it seems, except where the oil is blowing… ;))
About the weather: one cannot eat the cake and have it… ;)


Hopefully, the shortest «ever»… Not to be repeated… ;)

A calm sea is what I need, but it seems the waves are getting up…

Thanks! You know what 90 and over means…


Georgianna said...

Hi Gil,

I so appreciate these images of sun and sand when we are heading into the dark and cold days here! Looks like an amazing place and deserving of the best beach award.

I hope all is much better with the family. I'm sure you'll be trotting around again next year.

best, Georgianna

Trotter said...

Great to read you here!! That's a beautiful island!!