Day 50, 16 May 2009
16.05.2009 - 16.05.2009 0 °C
Corsica, an island 183km long and 85km wide, is situated at 90km from the Italian mainland, 170km from France and 12km from Sardinia.
Fiercely independent, the Corsicans speak their own language and fly their own flag, featuring a black Moor’s head with white headband: the “bandiera testa mora”. The language appears to be a mismatch of Italian and French.
Ajaccio, the Imperial City, birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) is a small city of 55,000 people and the administration centre of France’s Region of Corsica (has been a region since 1769).
The ship’s visit was only the afternoon so it was a quick walk around town to see the sights. Everywhere a statute, a street or café name demonstrating the pride the people take in Napoleon.
The sights included:
Saturday markets – closing
A few statues of Napoleon:
- Statue de Napoleon Empereur Romain, Fontaine des 4 lions
- Statue de Napoleon et ses frères
- La Grotte (Grotte Napoleon)
Cathedrale de l’Assomption
Maison Bonaparte (house where Napoleon was born and grew up)