I went to Corsica on the ferry from Nice which takes about 3 hours on the fast boats. The trip did not go as planned, because the excursion I bought a ticket for didnÂ´t exist, and the ferry went to Ile de Rousse instead of Calvi. However, I improvised by taking a train from the one to the other, taking in some fine scenery on the way.
Corsica is very mountainous, but has excellent beaches and charming little inlets and bays. It is famous for its seafood, especially swordfish. My photo shows some of it at a market stall in Ile de Rouuse.
I ate lunch at LÂ´Abri Cotier in Calvi. The name refers to the scallop shell, but also means apricot. We were taken aback when the daily specials we ordered, swordfish and tuna, were unavailable. I pondered the lobster in its tank, but settled for sea-bream in a fennel sauce instead. It was brought to my table whole, then filleted for me (with not quite all of the bones removed). It was nice enough, as was the Â´07 Clos Landry Â¨grisÂ¨ at 13.5 percent. On the trip and in Corsica itself, I tried some of the local beer, Pietra, and liked it a lot.