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April 9, 2017

France: Bastia Corsica

Filed under: Architecture, Europe, France, Photography, Travel, Travel, Writing — Tags: , , , , , , — anotherheader @ 6:33 pm

Last fall, on the 9th of November, we left the rain and cold of Burgundy and headed south by car. Our route would ultimately take us to the island nation of Malta. Malta is further south than Gibraltar and Sicily; it was furthest south in Europe that we could practically reach. The mission was to find warmer and drier weather.

We traveled to Malta via the islands of Corsica, Sardinia, and Sicily. The route choice required that we travel using a few of the numerous ferries that criss-cross the Mediterranean. The first ferry leg would take us from Toulon in the south of France to the port city of Bastia on the island of Corsica. From southern Burgundy it takes 18 hours of car travel to reach Bastia, including an overnight ferry.

Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Bastia

A Corsica Ferry maneuvers in tight quarters.

The rains that pelted us as we drove down the autoroute from Burgundy followed us across the Mediterranean to Corsica. After we arrived the rain diminished and showers became intermittent. Between the squalls, with the light beaming through the clouds, we went out to explore Bastia’s well-situated old port. Spot lit by the sun Bastia’s port was a postcard worthy sight.

As we hoped the weather was warmer in Corsica. The high temperatures were pleasantly in the mid 60’s when we arrived, much better than the 40’s we left behind in Burgundy. If we could find dry weather the goal of our road trip would be accomplished.

Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Bastia

Bastia old port

A ferry waits in Bastia’s port.

A lighthouse at the edge of Bastia’s old port

The old port from above

The old port and Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Bastia

Traffic in the newer portion of Bastia


  1. I reckon the conversation amongst the Weather Gods goes something like: “Where’s David and his camera today? Send the best light there. Anywhere else, it would be wasted.”

    Comment by ianmccauley2014 — April 9, 2017 @ 9:20 pm

    • Far too kind. The light in Bastia when we visited was the best I’ve seen for some time. Not every day is this easy.

      Comment by anotherheader — April 10, 2017 @ 3:35 pm

  2. Assuming the colors of the light loses matches the channel marker red/green color pattern, it is the opposite of what we have here in the States.

    Comment by Peter Donohue — April 14, 2017 @ 4:31 am

  3. […] Provence we crossed the Mediterranean to Corsica’s most northerly ferry port in Bastia. Soon after we arrived we searched Google to find a ferry that we could take to continue our trip […]

    Pingback by Corsica: Bonifacio | Another Header — April 23, 2017 @ 1:29 pm

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