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Old 06-11-2022, 08:12 AM   #61
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Scott, it looks like you are having a great time cruising in those beautiful places. It makes me a bit envious - envious, not jealous. Enjoy..! That tower does indeed, lean, doesn't it..? Quite a bit in fact. Loving those photos..!
Wifey B: Yes, it does, and drives my hubby crazy. If it was his tower, he'd have someone devising a plan to fix it. He can't stand crooked wall hangings, much less that.

One of the joys of traveling Europe is the architecture and it's not just in landmarks. In the US, if you're west of the Mississippi, old buildings are something like the 1970's it seems. On the East coast of the US, the late 1800's or early 1900's with a few here and there older. So, to travel to Europe and find yourself surrounded with buildings built centuries ago is so extraordinary. Some incredible Italian architecture displayed by Scott. However, I think last summer we were shocked as early on our cruise we went to Croatia and were amazed with all the war and strife they've been through, how much was preserved.

The waterfront in many areas tends to bring together history and the accompanying beauty, modern beauty, and natural beauty. It's also similar at first glance from area to area, but you quickly learn to enjoy the uniqueness of each area. Scott is a true connoisseur of beauty and his sharing made our trip so much more enjoyable, but now makes our memories and those areas we haven't seen even more so. Always appreciated.
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We thought it would be time-efficient to tie up at a marina in the north of Corsica (Bastia) for eight days and rent a car for day tours of the island, returning to the boat for each night.
In retrospect, perhaps that was not the best way to see Corsica. Yes, there are many roads and most are very good, but the island is mountainous and driving is slow and tedious, at best.
We managed to see the upper half of the island, touring by car. It was great that we were able to do this, but we never achieved our original goal of seeing the entire island by car.
Were I to plan this trip again, I would allocate a minimum of two weeks to Corsica, circumnavigating it by boat (much easier than driving) and rent a car here and there for select day tours.

Corsica is a beautiful French island and we enjoyed touring there. The scenery was spectacular.


1) Map of the island
2) We based in Port Toga, Bastia. The marina was fine, but the “laid line” mooring was more of a mess than we’re used to!
3) View of Bastia and the harbor complex. There are three harbors. Port 4) Toga, the one we were in, is way in the background and not so visible.
4) 12th century marble chapel on a mountain top, in the “Pisan” style
5) Another old chapel
6) Old port in Bastia
7-9) Views from our drives through the mountains
10) Self explanatory
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Isola d'Elba

Elba was the site of Napoleon's first exile, from 1814 to 1815.

More on Elba here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elba


Below are some views of Portoferraio on Elba. A really nice place.
The last picture is a street sign in front of a church. Town center to the left, port to the right and H*LL below...



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Below are some views of Portoferraio on Elba. A really nice place.
The last picture is a street sign in front of a church. Town center to the left, port to the right and H*LL below...
Wifey B: Love the street sign.
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Isola di Giglio

Passing Giglio. Remember Giglio in the news???
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