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Fun Photo Friday — Mediterranean 2022; Corsica Favorites Part 1


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Time of the first of three Fun Photo Friday adventures featuring Ajaccio, island of Corsica, France. I hope you enjoy the show.

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Mediterranean Cruise 2022 — Ajaccio Touring by Bus; Corsica


Ajaccio by Bus

Before we walked the streets of Ajaccio on Corsica, Ursula snagged us a quick bus tour just outside the cruise terminal. She was anxious to get us aboard, as another much larger cruise ship was preparing to offload passengers and the bus would fill up quickly if we did not act. The bus would take us to some highlights in southwest Ajaccio, then head west for some sights we would not otherwise have seen.

Ajaccio, island of Corsica, France
Heading out of town

Our bus took coastal route D111 westbound out of Ajaccio, and it wasn’t long before we drove past our first sight. These tombs make up Cimetière Marin d’Ajaccio (Ajaccio Marine Cemetery). Here’s a little photo gallery/slide show:

As we continued westward we hugged the coastline:

Blue water and Phare des Îles Sanguinaires (Sanguinaires Isles Lighthouse)
Fish farming

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Mediterranean Cruise 2022 — Vision of the Seas Approaches Ajaccio, Corsica, France


Over the next three weeks I’ll be showing you Ajaccio in the Corse-du-Sud (Southern Corsica) department of Corsica. Ajaccio is also the capital of the island. This was an exciting stop for us, as during our many Mediterranean voyages we had never before visited Corsica. Indeed, many of the destinations on this eight-day cruise were new to us.

Vision of the Seas approaches Golfe d’Ajaccio (Gulf of Ajaccio)

We sailed into Ajaccio at about 9:00 a.m. on 16 May 2022. As such, the lighting was excellent when I hit the deck to photograph our arrival into port.

Looking north into Ajaccio, Corsica, France

As you approach the port you’ll notice two large marinas. The marina tucked in the northwest corner of the bay is Port de Plaisance Charles Ornano (Charles Orano Pleasure Port):

Port de Plaisance Charles Ornano

The marina at the west entrance of the bay is Port Tino Rossi, and it’s just past this marina that houses the cruise terminal.

Port Tino Rossi

If you look closely at the image above you’ll see a divided tree-lined avenue with what appears to be a large crown. Beyond that crown is a large structure at the very end. That is the Grotte Napoléon, a monument to Napoléon Bonaparte. Looking west along Av. Antoine Serafini, which becomes Av. du Premier Consul, which in turn becomes Av. de Paris before transforming yet again (confused yet?) into Cr. Grandval, Cr. Général Leclerc, and finally All. de la Légion d’Honneur, you’ll get this fun view from the ship as it arrives:

Grotte Napoléon at the end of the boulevard

Three more images from our sailing into Ajaccio until Wednesday, where I’ll take you on a quick bus ride through town and to points west:

Ajaccio, island of Corsica, France
Ajaccio, island of Corsica, France
Port de Plaisance Charles Ornano, Ajaccio, Corsica

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