After a relaxed morning on the terrace, we try to get my credit card unblocked. It was the day before when I discovered that it was blocked. I called my bank and they couldn’t help me because I didn’t have all the required information at hand and I ended up not being very successful. It was blocked because of ‘unusal use’… Since I got this credit card I only ever use it for travelling and abroad – so not unusal if you ask me. The upshot is let your bank know when you go on holiday where. One of the things you hear about but you don’t do anything until it happens. I’ve learnt for the next time.
However, no reason for us to not enjoy the day. Today we are planning to go to Bastia. On our way to Bastia wevlearn about the main reason for all the gravel on the road that we had noticed the night before. A huge part of the cliff had come down and must have blocked the road. They must have cleared the road when we drove past the night before and in the darkness we couldn’t see what had happened. We also passed another accident or at least what was left – a burnt out car.
We arrive in Bastia safely and find free parking not far from the city centre. I am not a huge city fan but my other half considered it a little bit of a must.
Bastia is not a big city but it seems as many cruise ships, especially German and Austrian stop here for a day. The tourist office is opposite the harbour at the Place de Saint-Nicholas. Equipped with a map and a short selfguided tour description, we stop at one of the cafés to have a drink an make a plan.
Bastia doesn’t seem to be full of history or spectacular in any other way but it’s worth visiting. We visit a Napoleon statue on the Place Saint-Nicholas and follow the Rue Napoleon. This road has plenty of shops which were back in the days Napoleons stables. Bastia has many churches of which we visit only two. The l’oratoire de la Confrérie and the l’oratoire de la confrérie de l’Immaculée Conception.
We follow the Rue Napoleon and turn right to see another church, the church St. Jean Baptiste. This church is not very impressive from the outside but from the inside. Later we notice the front with the towers that tower above the line of houses along the old harbour. The road to the church is that narrow, that we didn’t see them. After a visiting the church (free), we continue along the Place du Marché and some smaller old roads to the old harbour.
Via the Escalier Romieu, we get to the old city centre or citadel. Some parts of the old walls are still there. From up there we have good view over the old harbour and we notice that the old city was build at a save place to not be flooded from the sea. Inside the citadel is the Museum of Bastia which we didn’t visit. In front of the museum is a nice square with a few cafés and restaurants.
We continue the suggested route on the self guide and walk through some old narrow roads until we reach the seafront with a wonderful view along the coast south of Bastia. This is where our visit to Bastia ends. Our feet are tired and we make our way back to the car which is on the other side of Bastia. On the way back we visit a boulangerie and get some well deserved snacks. Curious about the artisan ice cream, we also get some ice cream 🙂 The flavours are… lets say different… I have ginger and marquise which are flavoured with a mixture of Corse herbs. I could have tried cheese, olive oil, wine, rose or violett but I am not that adventurous…
On the way home we stop to enjoy the view on Erbalunga. Normally, I don’t just take pictures but we’ve been driving past this view just out off Erbalunga many time and at some point I decided to take a picture without having actually visited Erbalunga properly.
Our ‘chill day’ had turned out to be a quite active day. nevertheless, there was some time left to enjoy the late afternoon sun on the pool and have a refreshing swim 🙂 Another great day!