Tour De France in Corsica

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Friends,

It has been a cycling kind of weekend for us. The husband and I went on challenging mountain bike ride and the Tour de France started. Now, I don’t always watch the Tour, and the ongoing doping scandals have made me lose all faith in this event. However, when I heard that the 100th Tour the France will be starting on the french island Corsica I couldn’t resist. I LOVE Corsica. My family vacationed here when I was a teenager. We stayed in Ajaccio (above pictures), where Napoleon was born. We rented a vacation house right by the beach. It was dreamy. Some of us also backpacked half of the GR 20. The GR 20 is a hiking trail that spans the entire island of Corsica.

Corsica_GR20_4 (1)We hiked half of the GR 20 from the middle of the island going north. It looked a lot like the picture above. Along the way we would see wild pigs. The trail is pretty popular, I remember the designated camp areas were crowded.

We didn’t make it to the end of the trail. Somewhere we took a taxi and drove to Calvi. This is a beautiful port city and also todays stop of the Tour de France.

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From there we took the train back to Ajaccio. If you go to Corsica there is one more place you have to see: Bonifacio. It is down south sitting right on the ocean. In fact it looks like some of the houses could fall into the ocean any minute.

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I have to say, it was a smart move for the Tour to start here.

-Sofija

Picture credits top to bottom:

Ajaccio: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_4rt8ZNTPE3M/S8sw_RVJVtI/AAAAAAAAIM8/qOWj6cLaCug/s1280/ZIMG_A396.JPG

ocean near Ajaccio: http://media-cache-ak1.pinimg.com/originals/db/b3/f6/dbb3f6fd41a52307d4fad04feca10597.jpg

Calvi: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kjunstorm/8371217383/sizes/l/

Bonifacio: http://cristimoise.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/bonifacio-corsica-france.jpg?w=560

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Tour De France in Corsica

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