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Thread: Pictures of the French Mediterranean Island of Corsica

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    Hello everyone! We recently had our family holiday on the beautiful island of Corsica. It's part of France (although the Corsicans would like to be independent!) and the birthplace of Napolean Bonaparte. Although French is the official language, there is also a Corsican language which is a little like Italian. All road signs are in both languages and many were shot with bullet holes through the French version! There have been some reports in the past of Corsicans being aggressive towards visitors - especially the French (we have a French car!) but evryone we met was very friendly and welcoming and we felt perfectly safe. Talking to Corsicans, they realise that they rely on tourism for their economy so have done much to dispel this unfriendly image.

    The Corsicans are a proud people - one man told us, hand on his heart, that during WW2, not a single Jewish or Turkish person was taken from the island by the occupying Germans - the Corsicans hid them all in the mountains and protected them.

    The island is very wild and rugged with beautiful mountains and a different but beautiful view around every bend. The east coast, where we stayed is a flat plain with long, sandy beaches and the west coast has lots of rocky coves as the mountains have their 'feet in the sea' as the French say (pieds dans le mer). Many of these coves are only accessible by boat.

    Here's an excerpt from Wikipedia

    The island is 183 kilometres (114 mi) long at longest, 83 kilometres (52 mi) wide at widest, has 1,000 kilometres (620 mi) of coastline, more than 200 beaches, and is very mountainous, with Monte Cinto as the highest peak at 2,706 metres (8,880 ft) and 20 other summits of more than 2,000 metres (6,600 ft). Mountains comprise two-thirds of the island, forming a single chain. Forest comprises 20% of the island. Approximately 3,500 km2 (1,400 sq mi) of the total surface area of 8,680 km2 (3,350 sq mi) are dedicated to nature reserves (Parc Naturel Régional de Corse), mainly in the interior.

    And here's a link if you'd like to know more http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corsica

    Hope you enjoy the pics! :D



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    Livestock wanders free through the mountains although the locals reputedly know who belongs to who! Since a law was introduced that any damage done to cars would be at the animal's owner's expense, all have had their identifying ear tags removed!
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    Some mountain scenes
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    Beautiful!
    Love the goat on the car! lol

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    Here's some family shots - hope you don't mind! :D

    Joey aged 7 snorkelled on his own, holding DH's hand. I took Lily (not yet 5) on my back and she looked into the water over my shoulder. She shouted 'Hello fishies!' through her tube; my two little water babies!
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    more shots

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    This is our local beach - about 20 steps from our cottage!
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    Quote Originally Posted by tlrnhi
    Beautiful!
    Love the goat on the car! lol
    The people pulled away slowly and he just jumped off!

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    Awesome! Just awesome and you got some cute water babies there! :)

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    Oh how pretty thanks for sharing.

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    Beautiful pictures, thanks so much for sharing. It is always awesome to see pictures from other places, even more so when they are from another country.

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    Lovely pix for sure. As a Jew (well, that's debateable is Oh so many ways....) I must say I LOVE the Corsican spirit!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thanks for sharing...why no photos of you K?

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    Merci! Thank you so much for these photos! I spent some time in Corsica when I was living in the south of France, and just loved the ruggedness of it. Though very different, it puts me in mind of the north shore of Lake Superior in Ontario, Canada. The open nature, sparse population, mountains, and water make me feel a part of the earth, rather than a society. Maybe that is good for us now and again?
    Thanks again for the memories!

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    Thanks all, glad you enjoyed the pics! :D

    Courtepointe - il n'y a pas de quoi!

    Esq - there are a few of me but since Hans took them on a nudist beach, I am NOT posting them on here! :oops: :lol:

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    Ooooooooooo what beautiful scenery. I love going on trips without leaving my seat :wink: Thanks for sharing with us

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    Beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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    Looks like Corsica is almost an undiscovered tourist site. Thanks for sharing! How nice to be there in August without it being crowded like so many other places are during the annual flight from cities in Europe!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoanneS
    Looks like Corsica is almost an undiscovered tourist site. Thanks for sharing! How nice to be there in August without it being crowded like so many other places are during the annual flight from cities in Europe!
    Yes, apart from the main road down the East coast, it was fairly quiet especially for August when most of France is 'en vacances'! It's not over developed either - except for in the main cities, there's no appartment buildings over 4 storeys high and even those are pretty small. Still, I guess it's hard to build high rise on the side of a mountain! :D

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    Just breathtaking, K! Oh, what I'd give to be able to visit and experience all that you did. The kids must have had a great time. Though, I noticed there are no pictures of YOU..... I'm so glad you posted these pictures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ducky
    Just breathtaking, K! Oh, what I'd give to be able to visit and experience all that you did. The kids must have had a great time. Though, I noticed there are no pictures of YOU..... I'm so glad you posted these pictures.
    Thanks Ducky! As you know, I'm the shy and retiring type so I stayed behind the camera. :wink: :lol:

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    Thanks for the holiday K! Especially since we're in the midst of an ongoing heat wave & the skies are dark with smoke from the way-too-close (altho' not really threatening to ME) wildfires. Looking at your pics was definitely a breath of fresh air! :D

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    It is so nice to see you posting again! Missed your presence! Love the beautiful scenery! Looked positively enchanting! The kids looked to be having a grand time, and expect you had a marvelous time on the nudie beach! :lol: I love taking vicarious vacations!

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    K3N,
    It's funny you mention "unpostable" pictures from the nude beach. My kids have recently discovered my albums from when I live in France, and were surprised at all the topless and nude pictures. I am more surprised at my body - what happened? Oh, 18 years and two kids. :lol:

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    Looks like you had a great holiday K, Great scenery and loved the wild life pictures :lol: :D

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    BEAUTIFUL!!! Seriously.......and this surprised me...it reminds me of MANY places in Oregon of the USA!!! Thank you for sharing. :mrgreen:

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