The plan for the morning was to travel to pretty much the centre of the island to the village of Vizzanova. From sea level at the port we’d rise about 900m in the mountainous forest region dominated by Monte d’Oro with its peak at 2389m. The scenery along the way was spectacular in its rugged beauty. Truly impressive. Our guide was entertaining and informative on the way to Vizzanova. It was interesting to us that she was not native to the island, but rather being from the Netherlands and working in Corsica for the tourist season.
Vizzanova is a quaint town nestled amongst the surrounding mountain range and forest. Its claim to fame is a small railroad station that is a key location on linking the Corsican rail network. One could easily imagine the pleasure of taking a train tour of this beautiful island.
Wild growth of Imortelle
We stopped at the restaurant attached to the small train station for some snacks of local sausage and cheeses served with some local wines. The sausages and cheeses were delicious, but the best way to describe the wines would be ‘interesting’. It wasn’t the French wine that we were accustomed to drinking. Worth trying for the experience, though.
After we finished the tasting we wandered around the small village to take in the views until the appointed time we needed to be back to the bus for the next stop of Bucugná (Bocognano). Before reaching Bucugná we made a scenic stop for a few minutes. Even with the natural beauty around us, the most interesting thing to Gary was a classic Citroën Deux Chevaux (2CV) parked next to a present day Citroën. Given the surroundings the 2CV seemed so fitting. When we arrived at Bucugná it was spectacular. The location gave a great vantage point for the breathtaking views of the Corsican landscape. We also saw the wild growths of Immortelle (Everlasting) - known as an anti-ageing flower that is used today by herbalists and in the cosmetic business. It has an intoxicating aroma.
Leaving Bucugná we made the scenic trip back to Ajaccio. It was clear to us that you could have an incredible time exploring Corsica. So much natural beauty. Gary had lamented that he hadn’t brought the DSLR for the day’s touring. It would make for a great photograph shoot location no doubt.
WHITEonline is the digital home of Gary & Linda White. We’ve been married since 1980 and live just outside Toronto in Ontario, Canada. Linda was born and raised in Toronto while Gary was born in London, England and moved to Canada at the age of 11. We enjoy travelling and taking photos while we travel. WHITEonline provides the opportunity to share some of our photos & experiences.