A cold front came through overnight, and we awaken to a light rainfall this morning. Steve, our resident meteorologist, assures us that the weather in Corte is going to be sunny and warm, and again his predictions come true. We board the small two-carriage tourist train that makes the journey from Ajaccio to Corte through the mountains. The skies are threatening on the Ajaccio side, but at one point we enter a long tunnel and when we emerge – voila! Clear skies and such gorgeous scenery!
After making brief stops at several towns along the route, we arrive in Corte, and are met with an incredible view of the Haute Ville from the train station.
We take one of the little toy trains up to the citadel and begin our walking tour of the city with a great guide, Sacre, who sings the hymn which is the national anthem of Corsica inside the Church of the Assumption. She has an amazing voice, and I hope to upload the video to our YouTube channel once I get to better internet access.
We drive a few kilometers up a beautiful river valley into the mountains to our lodgings for the evening — an absolutely charming hotel with views over the river. Several of us head out to take a hike along the river, and are rewarded with amazing views and many swimming holes along the route. The water is brisk and it isn’t blazing hot, so wading is the most anybody does in our group.
We return to our hotel for a rest. Dinner tonight is at a wonderful restaurant next door which offers wild boar stew and many other local delicacies. I’m fighting the battle of the bulge, and losing, so I order two appetizers thinking they will be smaller – Corsican soup (enormous turenne) and an omelette with salad. Just one of those would have been sufficient! Both delicious!