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Colorful Bastia is charming Corsican port

Charming Bastia welcomed me with perfect weather; the citadel offers the best panoramic views of the old port

Charming Bastia welcomed me with perfect weather; the citadel offers the best panoramic views of the old port

Place Saint Nicholas is a magnificent public space and measures 280 meters by 80 meters

Place Saint Nicholas is a magnificent public space and measures 280 meters by 80 meters

Bastia is the second most populous city on the island of Corsica but has only 43,000 people

Bastia is the second most populous city on the island of Corsica but has only 43,000 people

Ideal weather made for a pleasant ferry ride from Nice to Bastia; the pedestrian price was only around $50

Ideal weather made for a pleasant ferry ride from Nice to Bastia; the pedestrian price was only around $50

I enjoyed this book on the ferry from Nice to Bastia; there wasn't much else to do on the ferry

I enjoyed this book on the ferry from Nice to Bastia; there wasn't much else to do on the ferry

Bastia is the principal port of the island; it is located on the northeast corner of the island

Bastia is the principal port of the island; it is located on the northeast corner of the island

Oratory of the Confraternity of Saint Roch; built in 1604, this church was reserved for the adolescents of the lower town

Oratory of the Confraternity of Saint Roch; built in 1604, this church was reserved for the adolescents of the lower town

For centuries Bastia was just a tiny port; wine was loaded onto ships here in the Middle Ages and taken to Pisa

For centuries Bastia was just a tiny port; wine was loaded onto ships here in the Middle Ages and taken to Pisa

Monument to Napoleon I; made of Carrara marble, Napoleon is represented here by Jupiter

Monument to Napoleon I; made of Carrara marble, Napoleon is represented here by Jupiter

The Bastia airport is an hour south of the town but a convenient bus goes directly there for 9 euros

The Bastia airport is an hour south of the town but a convenient bus goes directly there for 9 euros

The Church of Saint John, built in the mid 1600s, is the largest church on Corsica; it seems odd that buildings were allowed just across a narrow road from the front of the church

The Church of Saint John, built in the mid 1600s, is the largest church on Corsica; it seems odd that buildings were allowed just across a narrow road from the front of the church

Governor's Palace; from the 15th to the 18th centuries, this palace was home to the Genoese governors

Governor's Palace; from the 15th to the 18th centuries, this palace was home to the Genoese governors

Gorgeous ceiling fresco at Church of Saint John the Baptist; Bastia was named after the Italian word for port, bastiglia

Gorgeous ceiling fresco at Church of Saint John the Baptist; Bastia was named after the Italian word for port, bastiglia

It's easy to see Bastia in an hour; the town is photogenic but there aren't any sights that require a lengthy visit

It's easy to see Bastia in an hour; the town is photogenic but there aren't any sights that require a lengthy visit

The Oratory of the Holy Cross; founded in 1542, this church boasts Christ of Miracles which is the protector of fishermen

The Oratory of the Holy Cross; founded in 1542, this church boasts Christ of Miracles which is the protector of fishermen

The Church of Saint Mary is a former cathedral built in 1495 but heavily remodeled in the 17th century

The Church of Saint Mary is a former cathedral built in 1495 but heavily remodeled in the 17th century

The Church of Saint Mary; the Bastia churches were all built around the same time giving them the same look and feel

The Church of Saint Mary; the Bastia churches were all built around the same time giving them the same look and feel

Bastia is wedged on a strip of land about a mile wide between the sea on the east and some very steep mountains to the west

Bastia is wedged on a strip of land about a mile wide between the sea on the east and some very steep mountains to the west

The Oratory of Holy Cross; each church has a religious brotherhood that is active in charitable giving and organizing religious celebrations

The Oratory of Holy Cross; each church has a religious brotherhood that is active in charitable giving and organizing religious celebrations

In recent years, Bastia has experienced urban sprawl as the city extends to the south; to get a rental car with automatic transmission I had to rent from Hertz at the airport

In recent years, Bastia has experienced urban sprawl as the city extends to the south; to get a rental car with automatic transmission I had to rent from Hertz at the airport

The citadel is the number one attraction in town according to TripAdvisor; it was built by the Genoese in the 15th and 16th centuries

The citadel is the number one attraction in town according to TripAdvisor; it was built by the Genoese in the 15th and 16th centuries

The Louis XVI Gate, built in the late 18th century, was the only entrance to the walled city until 1936

The Louis XVI Gate, built in the late 18th century, was the only entrance to the walled city until 1936

Bastia could be on the Italian Riviera except it has no decent beach; the beaches are all well away from the town center

Bastia could be on the Italian Riviera except it has no decent beach; the beaches are all well away from the town center

Why can't marketers leave well enough alone?; I don't think I'll try this new line extension

Why can't marketers leave well enough alone?; I don't think I'll try this new line extension

More than 11000 Corsicans were killed in World War I; the island is 31 miles west of the Italian island of Elba

More than 11000 Corsicans were killed in World War I; the island is 31 miles west of the Italian island of Elba

I saw many HUGE jellyfish in the water as the ferry docked in Bastia; not a good sign

I saw many HUGE jellyfish in the water as the ferry docked in Bastia; not a good sign

Place du Marche; this square is the heart of the ancient port area (Bastia now has three different ports)

Place du Marche; this square is the heart of the ancient port area (Bastia now has three different ports)

Oratory of the Immaculate Conception; conforming to Genoese tradition, the walls are hung with silk damask and the pillasters are covered with Genoese velvet

Oratory of the Immaculate Conception; conforming to Genoese tradition, the walls are hung with silk damask and the pillasters are covered with Genoese velvet

Bastia is a very clean city with lots of Italian spoken; most locals speak both French and Italian

Bastia is a very clean city with lots of Italian spoken; most locals speak both French and Italian

Lunch is often the main meal; many businesses are closed from noon to 3pm to allow for a proper meal

Lunch is often the main meal; many businesses are closed from noon to 3pm to allow for a proper meal

The Genoese created a major stronghold with the citadel; after decades of neglect, a major restoration project started in the 1980s

The Genoese created a major stronghold with the citadel; after decades of neglect, a major restoration project started in the 1980s

Bastia is the busiest French port on the Mediterranean; at one point I saw 5 huge ferries docked here at the same time

Bastia is the busiest French port on the Mediterranean; at one point I saw 5 huge ferries docked here at the same time

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