Irregular Posts; Corsica 3

Thursday August 30, 2018 Hi, HomeAgainHomeAgain JiggiddityJig.  WOW, I was not used to the humid 90F heat.  I felt like being back in Cambodia. The last days of travel, I am focused.  Then at home, for the next day or so I have NO focus.  It’s like ALL concentration disappears and it is start something, get distracted, start something else >>>. Eventually all things kind of get “done” with my body many hours out of sync. Usually I wake up at 4AM and can not sleep. So I get up, make coffee, and go to “work”. My eyes get real dry and sleepy about 9PM and it is bed time. Over a week, I work my way back to normal. I am glad I do not have to really Go To Work upon returning home.   Deciding how to leave Bastia was something that I had not decided on until a couple of days before departure.  I had a hotel reservation and had to return car on Monday.  I had a reservation for Nice hotel for Tuesday evening near the train station and flights from Nice to Boston via Heathrow on Wednesday.  How to get from Bastia to Nice! Three choices. #1 was fly; with buses, it would be cost about 110 euro.  Benefit less time transiting but twice the most expensive ferry.  #2 was Corsica Ferry for 55 euro.   It departs about 8AM, arriving Nice early afternoon.  A 5-hour transit time and 24 hours to re-explore Nice in summer.  The last time in Nice was a couple days around Christmas.  #3 was Moby Ferry for 19 euro.  It...

Irregular Posts; Corsica

Saturday August 25, 2018 Bonjour “Bastia?  What’s exciting there?” “Exciting is not the word to describe Bastia.”  It is a laid back small working city with a few hot spots. Vieux Port (Old Port) and the Terre Vecchia (Old Town) have been there for a couple thousand years in one form or another. It has strong ties to the Genoese empire and would be Italian except Napoleon Bonaparte was born in Corsica and when he took over France, he made Corse a French Department.  Bastia doesn’t look French and doesn’t especially look Genovese either; I would say it looks Mediterranean. The Genoese citadelle and Terra Nova neighborhood occupies a craggy hilltop above the bowl shaped Old Port.  The pleasure and fishing boat packed harbor is surrounded by open and outdoor seating restaurants.  Fish is a local food draw. The restaurants are busy from noon to 2P and then 7P to 10P.   The harbor is guarded by two small lighthouses, fue, on either side of the narrow mouth.   Big ferries actually stop outside and BACK into their berth if their cargo door is in the stern so cars can exit.  Front loaders must back out of the harbor!!!  I saw no cruise ships the two days I was in town. I walked about 8 miles each day.  Multiple trips to the Old Part for different light.  Even so, it begins to look much the same … but slightly different light.  The last time was for dinner at one of the best restaurants, Chez Huguette, overlooking the harbor and all the activity.  I made reservation for their opening at 7PM...

Irregular Posts; North Atlantic, Iceland 2018

Tuesday July 3,2018 G’Morning, Reykjavik; after 2 decades, the old part of the city looks much the same.  Old places visited are still there doing the same thing.  The city is expanding outward into the lava fields to the east.  I must say the short blocky condo buildings look drab compared to the colorful old style.  Prices have continued to climb, especially for hotels.  For our overnight, we booked into Hostel International Downtown.  It is a couple blocks up from the harbor and where we disembarked from the ship.  Even this hostel wanted $75 EACH for a bunk in a ten bed dormitory, including breakfast and wifi.  We upgraded to a private for room for a another $25 each.  It did have kitchen privileges but we weren’t staying long enough to take advantage..  The cliental is not “youth” any longer.  People in the lounge area were the full spectrum of ages from 20-somes to gray haired oldsters.  I don’t know about the other new HI hostel in town but this old ones was cheaper, nice, comfortable, and convenient to old town and harbor. Did I mention that the persistent low pressure weather stayed with us?  It did.  We did have a short break on arrival but drizzle and spotty light rain returned and stayed through our departure to the airport on Tuesday afternoon.  No rain pants but the waterproof jackets were welcome. We had two meals in town. One in the plaza that had the LARGE outdoor TV screen for World Cup games (Spain lost to Russia while we ate).  A typical meal of fresh fish and a pint...