We say a fond farewell to Roberto, our driver, at the port and meet our new driver, Antonio, who will be with us for the next part of the tour in Corsica. We board the ferry to make the crossing to Corsica, and hear an announcement that because of the wind and waves, people will not be allowed to stand out on the deck. Everyone proceeds to ignore that announcement. The crossing is rough, but doesn’t take too long. It is better to be out on the deck in the open air, and the views are spectacular!
Upon arrival we meet Pierre, our handsome guide to Bonifacio. After taking photos in the harbor we board a miniature train for the climb up the steep hill to the Haute Ville — upper town. There we walk through the narrow streets to explore this fortress city founded by Boniface II of Tuscany in 828 AD. It is perched on a dramatic promontory and flanked by sculpted limestone cliffs making it one of the most picturesque places I’ve ever seen.
We split to various cafes for lunch and then check into our hotel. After some free time to relax, most of the group go to a Michelin recommended restaurant for a tasting menu dinner. Others go for pizza at a sidewalk cafe. Tonight there are fireworks over the harbor, which are visible from my room which faces the town. Based on our introduction to Corsica, we are looking forward to the adventures ahead!