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.
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.