Ajaccio, Corsica

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May 6th 2022
Published: May 6th 2022
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Ajaccio is the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte and you are constantly reminded of this with the numerous statues not to mention bars and restaurants which are so named. It is a pleasant place to walk around despite a down turn in the weather. At least it only showered a short while we were on the coast. The main product of Corsica is coral but we didn't buy any as it seems unenvironmental to do so. We had a lovely Corsican guide who had a very thick French accent but thankfully we were able to understand him. He showed us the three main statues of Napoleon and his house and garden. Along the coast there are beacons on the hills. These were put there by the Genoese and were lit when pirates were sighted. The outside of the Cathedral is very plain and unfortunately we couldn't go in as a funeral was happening. There is a pleasant seafront and lots of shops, bars and restaurants. Some fishing still goes on. It used to be a major industry and there are still some fish farms for grouper and hake. We didn't have time or energy to visit the local art gallery which apparently
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Thought to have been modelled from a photo because his left arm is bent not the right as in life.
has a good collection of Italian Renaissance art. Overall a nice place even in cloudy weather.

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