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Story of my road trip photos in Corsica (2017)



Why did you choose Corsica?
In discussions with friends I tell them that I would like to go on a road trip in Croatia and then finally looking at the route the trip is really very long, even too long .. Finally I decided to go to the island of Beauty, A REAL PEARL !! The plane allows me to be there very quickly and then I just have to rent a car on site and choose my hotels according to my roadtrip.

I still have 2 days before departure, so I prepare my bags and obviously the children have fun to get in and do like bobsled on the spot! Why not .. After they helped me ... Finally to remove the things I put in the bag ^^ !!


DAY 1

First day of the roadtrip, am like crazy, I go to Charleroi airport in Belgium.
The plane is there but the company RayanAIR takes a lot of time to clean, so that passengers are a little upset because we access the plane with 40 minutes late!

The flight is going well, I get off the plane and quickly realize that the weather is mild! The trip will surely be great!

I hurry to go to the car rental agency, AVIS, because very eager to make my first pictures!
On the website I rented a Peugeot 2008 or equivalent and crossing the car park I only see new FIAT PANDA and new RENAULT TWINGO everywhere ... It's not that I do not like but I say to myself that I I had chosen a comfortable car with plenty of room to be comfortable and in fact it will not be at all that ..

At the counter the person asks me for the reservation documents and I give him a little "What am I going to have as a car?" and there the agent leaves a silence of a few seconds, very heavy, and says to me "An Infinity Q30 that will suit you?" .................. BAH YES TOTALLY !!!
I leave the agency with the keys and yes yes it suits me more than it takes, it is the 180ch version, 4wd, automatic gearbox with paddles driving, leather interior with very many options and technological assistance, A KILLING !!

On the way to Santa Giulia, I park on a small parking really banal where we can not see anything that could be the beach, we can not guess anything, the suspense is whole !!!

I walk towards a small path that leads to the beach and there waoowww first jewel of Corsica, this place is sublime, small beach with translucent water, slightly mountainous background, rocks, pretty pontoons and fine sand, what a beauty! !
So I walk this beach by making some photos before leaving to see the sunset in Bonifacio!

Having had a hard time parking in Bonifacio I climb to a path that gives a nice view of the cliffs and the Citadel! This moment is really nice to live!
The night falls I realize some shots of night in long exposure and then I go to the hotel, the MAORA VILLAGE that I booked through Booking.com
Only downside it is not easy to find even with Google Maps but then this hotel is really nice, I have a very beautiful individual apartment with a small course, this place is beautiful, everything is well arranged!

I invite you to view the photos of Santa-Giulia and Bonifacio by clicking on the following link: Photo Album of Corsica


DAY 2

I have just spent a pleasant night, here I am attack for a new day where the program I prepared looks very attractive ... Stroll in Bonifacio and small boat trip for an excursion to the islands Lavezzi (between Corsica and Sardinia).
I walk in the pretty streets of Bonifacio where it is not very hot, there is a mistral 90-100km / h so not always obvious for the photos .. There are a lot of people in the city but the atmosphere is still very nice ..

I go to the port and decide to eat fast, a bagnat bread at the edge of the water .. I see impressive yachts of luxury and besides my bread bagnat, too, is impressive, so that I have a hard time finishing it !!

To digest a little, here I go on a walk in Bonifacio;)
The time of the boat has come! The excursion will be with "GINA CRUISERS". The team members announce that it will shake to go but that it would be even worse back! Indeed it shakes a lot but the journey is going well.

At the approach of the Lavezzi Islands I had the impression to see things that looked like Ushant, yes yes the island of Ouessant in Brittany, it's amazing! Rocks dot the island which is totally wild!
The ride is really nice, we are easily alone on a beach and besides I was surprised on an abandoned beach to see my phone on the Italian mobile network, indeed Sardinia is only a few kilometers !!

I could not make photos in long exposure because the temperature is soft but the mistral blows very hard!
Besides, after a nice walk it's time to take the boat back and here we see immediately that the Mistral blows much stronger because we have very large waves!
I am at the top of the boat outside to enjoy the sea view or landscapes because I think being locked up during a boat trip is not the best ...

A private boat follows our path and this is where the passengers and I realize the ride we are in because this boat climbs vertically then dives just as much and sometimes it leans so much that we have the impression that 'It could overturn .. On the floor I receive very important quantities of water so that my clothes are filled with water !!!! Fortunately my Vanguard bag protects my Canon 5d Mk3 very well !!
The Captain tells us that he had to enter a large cave with the boat so that we could admire him but with this swell it's impossible, which we all understand easily because many people were eager to return to port!

Returning to port we thank the captain for bringing us alive!
You would think that the Mediterranean is beautiful, soft and calm and when we say that it moves it is not as much as in Britain or elsewhere and sincerely so! This sea can really move violently, beware!

I get the car and change me immediately! I put the clothes on the back beach saying that with the sun it was going to dry fast enough!
I meet right after a Corsican couple with whom I discuss a little time, nice people who ask only one thing for their island, respect, and it is totally understandable !!

I now go to Quenza to go to the hotel "THE TOURISM" which is located in Zonza more exactly but then as I already could see it the day before the roads of Corsica offer panoramas sometimes magnificent sometimes incredible !! On the other hand, some stop anywhere and that I understand that it can annoy the inhabitants of Corsica because it is really dangerous!


The hotel is friendly and the welcome pleasant ... On my side I do the cleaning of my Vanon 5d Mark III and then to sleep but I invite you to view the photos of Bonifacio and Lavezzi Islands by clicking on the following link: My photos of Corsica


DAY 3

Now that I have had a good night, here I am to see the Needles of Bavella and see some paths of the GR20!
I park at Notre Dame des Neiges, the one takes to the heart! I will not detail, it's to see and live!
I walk down the Needles Bavella and sometimes I'm stuck a few minutes to admire without moving so this nature is incredible!

I borrow some passages of the GR20, the easy side and I tell myself that the people who make the full GR20 have merit !!

Needles of Bavella in Ajaccio the road is just sublime !! From Quenza Zonza through Serra Di Scopamene, Petreto Bicchisano, Santa Maria Siché the places are not lacking beautiful views with so much diversity !! Frankly in Corsica it seems to travel in several countries at the same time but focused on a beautiful little piece of land ... I thought I saw Arizona in the USA, Iceland, the South of France or Brittany, Ireland, Spain, Italy and others but sometimes there were changes of madness sometimes only 20-30kms, really it is an island paradise!

Arriving in Ajaccio we find a life really more urban, it's not what I want to see, so I go directly to the Pointe de Parata to admire the Sanguinaires Islands and make some shots!
After climbing along some trails I admire the panorama that I just mentioned above but also the Pointe de Corba where the bay is sublime!

I am now going to Corte where I chose the Hotel de la Paix where I was well received.
I settle in a small typical restaurant where I appreciate a prepared Burger way Corscia, it is so good !!!
Some pictures before and after the meal around the citadel of Corte which is simply majestic !!

The time of my night, I invite you to view the photos of Auiguilles de Bavella and the sensational road to Ajaccio with the Pointe de Parata and some pictures of Corte by clicking on the following link: Photos of the island of Beauty

On the way, I go through Corsica, Calacuccia, Albertacce, The Col de Vergio where the temperature has dropped about 10 ° C from 16 ° C to 5 ° C at once and the road continues through Reno etc ...
Therefore, I warn of my progress but he suspected that I will be late, yes 1:30 late anyway !
So I join Nico in Vico and we went together to Sagone!

We made photos around the rocks between sand, sea and mountain with for a moment a nice stormy atmosphere as I like them !!

After all these efforts, Nico takes me to eat in a paillotte restaurant at the edge of the water where we eat Croques Monsieur Corsica with Corsican ham and cheese and a small dose of olive oil! They are really good and accompanied by a good salad well seasoned and a fruity rosé that ask for more !!!

After these good times, I leave Nico who has to go find his daughter, it was really a half day top! I go to make some pictures in Cargèse where I took a nice shower of stormy rain !!

My clothes (shorts, t-shirt) on the back of the car are barely dry that others, less wet of course, will replace them in the same place ..

I'm leaving for Piana, a place I was looking forward to seeing !! The Calanches de Piana, it is sublime, I spoke with a gentleman Corsica and tourists from Nantes really nice!
The sun goes down and there is wonder when it comes to pass in the axis of the heart-shaped stone!

This night, I do not go to the hotel, I decide to spend the night in the car trying to make a photo of the polar star in the circum polar at the Saluccio belvedere but a lot of wind so everything is not not really going as planned !!! Too bad for my picture!


The time I install my tripod, I look a little social networks on my smartphone until the night is really present I invite you to view the photos of Sagone, Cargèse and the heart of Piana by clicking on the following link : Photos of Insula Corsica and her dream payasages


DAY 5

After making micro naps in the countryside and a bit of road here I am in Porto because today I am going to make a superb boat trip with "LePassPartout" and his team really very very nice !!
The walk will be at the edge of the Calanques of Piana with Capo Rosso with a passage in the fishing village of Girolata and finally in the nature reserve of Scandola.

Sincerely, aiiiiie, I take full eyes, the landscapes are sublime !!!
Rocks totally crazy shapes, limpid waters in various colors, sometimes azure, sometimes turquoise green ...
There is even, in the middle of the sea, a huge rock in the shape of Pascal Paoli's face leaves me speechless !! Many legends around this rock ..

The village of Girolata is very pretty, too bad we do not have much time to visit it any longer ..

I am now heading to Ile Rousse to see this beautiful corner of the island but with the beautiful road I make a few stops and I finally arrive at dusk .. I did some photos but very few because too hungry and too tired ;) !
I decide to eat pizza at a restaurant near the sea before heading back to sleep at the hotel "La Palma" in Patrimonio. This hotel is really nice, the decor is neat, the rooms are very pretty!

As I am tired I go to bed but I invite you to view the photos of Piana, Scandola and Girolata by clicking on the following link: Pictures of the landscapes of Corsica

I could not make photos in long exposure because the temperature is soft but the mistral blows very hard !


DAY 4

This morning I feel that I really slept well, so I'm in good shape to meet my friend photographer Nicolas Martini on the side of Vico / Sagone.
Only, again, he had not warned me but the roads are beautiful, I stop at the edge of the mountains, a river or other crazy landscapes!

Since a few days I cross regularly black pigs on the roadside but then there I am very surprised .. I take a turn almost hairpin with close to my right the rough rock and left the ravine when Suddenly at the exit of the turn I find myself face to face with a cow in the middle of my side of the road so powerful braking and avoidance and there I say to myself happily that I did not drive fast and especially fortunately it does not There was not a car coming in front otherwise it would have been dangerous !!
But I have not seen everything yet, indeed I have been driving for an hour on winding roads when suddenly on a road I see goats, sheep that took all the place on the road about 100 meters, there are had who were walking, there were some who slept on the road, so I pass very slowly leaving the animals decided to move without feeling embarrassed.

On the way, I go through Corsica, Calacuccia, Albertacce, The Col de Vergio where the temperature has dropped about 10 ° C from 16 ° C to 5 ° C at once and the road continues through Reno etc ...
Therefore, I warn of my progress but he suspected that I will be late, yes 1:30 late anyway!
So I join Nico in Vico and we went together to Sagone!

We made photos around the rocks between sand, sea and mountain with for a moment a nice stormy atmosphere as I like them !!

After all these efforts, Nico takes me to eat in a paillotte restaurant at the edge of the water where we eat Croques Monsieur Corsica with Corsican ham and cheese and a small dose of olive oil! They are really good and accompanied by a good salad well seasoned and a fruity rosé that ask for more !!!

After these good times, I leave Nico who has to go find his daughter, it was really a half day top! I go to make some pictures in Cargèse where I took a nice shower of stormy rain !!

My clothes (shorts, t-shirt) on the back of the car are barely dry that others, less wet of course, will replace them in the same place ..

I'm leaving for Piana, a place I was looking forward to seeing !! The Calanches de Piana, it is sublime, I spoke with a gentleman Corsica and tourists from Nantes really nice!

The sun goes down and there is wonder when it comes to pass in the axis of the heart-shaped stone!

This night, I do not go to the hotel, I decide to spend the night in the car trying to make a photo of the polar star in the circum polar at the Saluccio belvedere but a lot of wind so everything is not not really going as planned !!! Too bad for my picture!


The time I install my tripod, I look a little social networks on my smartphone until the night is really present I invite you to view the photos of Sagone, Cargèse and the heart of Piana by clicking on the following link : Photos of Insula Corsica and her dream payasages


DAY 5

After making micro naps in the countryside and a bit of road here I am in Porto because today I am going to make a superb boat trip with "LePassPartout" and his team really very very nice !!
The walk will be at the edge of the Calanques of Piana with Capo Rosso with a passage in the fishing village of Girolata and finally in the nature reserve of Scandola.

Sincerely, aiiiiie, I take full eyes, the landscapes are sublime !!!
Rocks totally crazy shapes, limpid waters in various colors, sometimes azure, sometimes turquoise green ...
There is even, in the middle of the sea, a huge rock in the shape of Pascal Paoli's face leaves me speechless !! Many legends around this rock ..

The village of Girolata is very pretty, too bad we do not have much time to visit it any longer ..

I am now heading to Ile Rousse to see this beautiful corner of the island but with the beautiful road I make a few stops and I finally arrive at dusk .. I did some photos but very few because too hungry and too tired;)!
I decide to eat pizza at a restaurant near the sea before heading back to sleep at the hotel "La Palma" in Patrimonio. This hotel is really nice, the decor is neat, the rooms are very pretty!

As I am tired I go to bed but I invite you to view the photos of Piana, Scandola and Girolata by clicking on the following link: Pictures of the landscapes of Corsica


DAY 6

I pass by Patrimonio, a beautiful place once again and next to Olmeta Di Capocorso the Negro beach in Negru on the D80 road where I saw very early surfers !!
Oh yes I was going to forget, on the road you have to go over a small wooden bridge that does not seem to be really solid, it's a really weird experience !!

I'm passing really quickly to Nonza. I just wanted to see this beach with black sand that gave me a lot of curiosity during my research before coming to Corsica !!
At this place we can easily feel the past that there has been between this village and asbestos!

After Nonza to Cap Corse I now go to Saint Florent to take the boat "The Popeye" but having dragged a little on the wild coast around Nonza I had to park very quickly in the parking lot and then run (even sprinter ) to the boat before he leaves at sea !!

This boat takes me to the beach of Lotu to then access the beach of Saleccia through the paths and trails ...

I land on the water, indeed the boat can not approach, there is no pontoon or anything to dock so he drops us about 30 meters from the edge of the beach, it really gives a nice effect and I almost felt like an adventurer for a day at this moment!

The boat can not reach that day Saleccia by the sea so I have to walk on the roads .. I just met a group of heavily armed military training, it's weird!
I get lost in different ways because it is not really indicated, I meet a bull in freedom who looks at me very closely!
In fact it was really a moment not nice at all !

I walk in a winding path and then I see a green expanse a little wider and say to me that I will perhaps more easily find the road and then there just when the way widens there is a bull to 4 -5 meters on my right ... I stop immediately, he stares at me, what to do .... I'm lost, I do not know where I'm going, I absolutely want pictures of this beach but I have to go back and take another path too bad I move slowly and I do not take my eyes off but I do not know him then every second I'm afraid he's attacking me ... Finally after 30 meters I ran a little to get away, I meet a German couple in front of a small house storing things in their car, I try to ask them the way to access the beach. Saleccia but they make me understand that it is not there but do not give me more indications .... :-(

So I leave in the opposite direction and cross again the path of the bull who is no longer in the same place, he is lying on the edge of the road and turned as if he was waiting impatiently for me to come back ... Same thing, everything will look, I move slowly without letting go of the eyes and he either but apart from turning his head to me he has not moved ...

I look at the time, the time is running out for the return boat, especially since I can not take the next one because after that I have to drive to the airport, to make the car, etc. etc. But I absolutely want to see and photograph Saleccia !!!
I finally find the way but it goes up, it goes down, it's soft sand, I run because I do not have much time so it's really out of breath that I arrive on this beach dream ! !!!

That said in the second state where I was I did not realize the pictures that I wanted even if I'm proud to have fought to find it and have it as a photographic memory!

Small problem after all that ... We must go back to the appointment given by the crew of the boat, and yes it hurts in the state where I am !!!!!!!!! Just write it here, I'm tired and I'm losing my words !!

I try to run but almost tripping every 5 meters .. I meet two big Enduro bikes to whom I wave but they do not answer me!
I call the company of the small boat to know what time there was another boat for the return, there is no before several hours so I explain my condition and ask if they can wait for me 10 minutes ... The person contacts the captain and then reminds me to tell me that they agree to wait for me 5 minutes but no more !!

I walk, I walk or rather I fight and here a 4x4 arrives I wave to them, they stop, it was two young people who left to make an aperitif with friends, they accept me with them, on the track it shakes a lot because there are a lot of stones and not small! They bring me back near the meeting point of the boat to where they could, I decided to give them a tip to thank them!
I join the boat that was waiting for me nicely but I was not the only one because 2 other people arrived after month !!!!

The boat resumes the sea towards St Florent!
I stop quickly eat a small plate of veal with potatoes, a delight !!

After all these misadventures I invite you to rest while looking at the photos of St-Florent, Lotu and Saleccia by clicking on the following link: My photos of Corsica


At this point, I take the road to my last destination, Calvi Airport .. I vacuum the car, I wash and refuel before returning to the rental agency ..

Once in the plane that the brain focuses and that I think back to this last event where in fact I tell myself that I may have taken risks to ride with strangers in the state of fatigue where I was in the middle of a place full of tracks and invisible paths ...

I take the path from the airport to the house with great hurry to find my little family!
Corsica is really an incredible and indescribable island, by going there one quickly understands why Corsica wish to preserve this island of beauty as it is and that it is not distorted !! It's really understandable, VIVA CORSICA !!!
Small information or advice for people who want to go, be careful in Corsica journeys are not counted in kilometers but in time because there are roads where 50 kilometers take 2 hours for example!


Before going home, I will end with an information, indeed, as you often ask me, I allow you to clarify that yes the photos you see are actually available for sale. Think about decorating your home, office, waiting room, business or pleasure to a loved one;)
Contact me via the "CONTACT" tab of my website (or email / phone) to get the price of enlargements on canvases or posters framed or to supervise, American box, etc.


I come home, huuuush, everyone is sleeping, I just leave my suitcase in the living room so that the children can see it by waking up and in the morning they saw it, they shouted "Papa is back" and came running to wake me in the room and make me cuddle, scream and play what happiness to find them!
I thank once again my darling, Claire, to understand my passion and let me go live my passion.

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