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Small Corsican village of Algajola is popular summer spot

Algajola was one of the most important towns on the island in the Middle Ages; its prosperity ended when it was attacked by pirates in the 17th century

Algajola was one of the most important towns on the island in the Middle Ages; its prosperity ended when it was attacked by pirates in the 17th century

The common octopus hunts at dusk so I was surprised to see one out during the day; they tend to be solitary creatures except when mating

The common octopus hunts at dusk so I was surprised to see one out during the day; they tend to be solitary creatures except when mating

Plage de Bodri was the first beach I've encountered where I had to pay to park; it was only $3 though

Plage de Bodri was the first beach I've encountered where I had to pay to park; it was only $3 though

Plage de Ghjunchitu was windy with kids enjoying the waves; the beach is just west of L'Ile de Rousse on the west coast of Corsica

Plage de Ghjunchitu was windy with kids enjoying the waves; the beach is just west of L'Ile de Rousse on the west coast of Corsica

This cute village hosted a concert during my visit very close to my hotel which started at 11pm on Thursday night and lasted until 2:30am; I understood why everyone was sleeping on the beach the next day

This cute village hosted a concert during my visit very close to my hotel which started at 11pm on Thursday night and lasted until 2:30am; I understood why everyone was sleeping on the beach the next day

I love the blues of the water contrasting with the bright green scrub; the homes tend to be painted dull, neutral colors

I love the blues of the water contrasting with the bright green scrub; the homes tend to be painted dull, neutral colors

My hotel is built right on the water adjacent to Algajola Beach; of course, I opted for a cheap room with a view of the street

My hotel is built right on the water adjacent to Algajola Beach; of course, I opted for a cheap room with a view of the street

In past centuries villagers settled high in the mountains so they could easily see potential threats; they must have been in terrific shape

In past centuries villagers settled high in the mountains so they could easily see potential threats; they must have been in terrific shape

This octopus changed colors and shapes while I watched; more than 20,000 tons of octopus is harvested annually in the Mediterranean

This octopus changed colors and shapes while I watched; more than 20,000 tons of octopus is harvested annually in the Mediterranean

Plage de Ghjunchitu; I have no idea how to pronounce the name of this beach

Plage de Ghjunchitu; I have no idea how to pronounce the name of this beach

I had thought Corsica was much larger but according to wikipedia the island is larger than Delaware but quite a bit smaller than Connecticut

I had thought Corsica was much larger but according to wikipedia the island is larger than Delaware but quite a bit smaller than Connecticut

The Parish Church of St. George was built in the 15th century; the small village was all glued to big screen tv's this afternoon with France playing in the World Cup

The Parish Church of St. George was built in the 15th century; the small village was all glued to big screen tv's this afternoon with France playing in the World Cup

It was very windy but I tried snorkeling since I read beach reports saying the snorkeling was good here; I found it to be identical to the other beaches I've visited so far

It was very windy but I tried snorkeling since I read beach reports saying the snorkeling was good here; I found it to be identical to the other beaches I've visited so far

The Algajola fort was built at the beginning of the 16th century as part of the Genoese defenses of the island

The Algajola fort was built at the beginning of the 16th century as part of the Genoese defenses of the island

Algajola, population 320, lies midway between the larger towns of Calvi and L'Ile Rousse on the northwest coast of Corsica

Algajola, population 320, lies midway between the larger towns of Calvi and L'Ile Rousse on the northwest coast of Corsica

The flora in this arid area reminds me of southern California; rain in the summer is very rare

The flora in this arid area reminds me of southern California; rain in the summer is very rare

Algajola, like all but 2 cities on the island, has an Italian name rather than a French name; population of the entire island is only 330,000

Algajola, like all but 2 cities on the island, has an Italian name rather than a French name; population of the entire island is only 330,000

There are several restaurants right on the water offering a nice dining experience; Algajola was plundered by the Ottomans in 1643

There are several restaurants right on the water offering a nice dining experience; Algajola was plundered by the Ottomans in 1643

This is one of the few beaches that can easily be reached by train; it also has convenient parking directly behind the beach

This is one of the few beaches that can easily be reached by train; it also has convenient parking directly behind the beach

I can't remember ever having seen an octopus while snorkeling before; it was so cool to watch this guy move, morphing into different shapes

I can't remember ever having seen an octopus while snorkeling before; it was so cool to watch this guy move, morphing into different shapes

Plage de Bodri is popular with families because of the wide, sandy beach; smart beachgoers brought umbrellas or tents to have some shade

Plage de Bodri is popular with families because of the wide, sandy beach; smart beachgoers brought umbrellas or tents to have some shade

An OK book from 2010; one interesting part mentioned that the President couldn't fire the director of the FBI

An OK book from 2010; one interesting part mentioned that the President couldn't fire the director of the FBI

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