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Historic town of Calvi, Corsica is quite photogenic

Gorgeous view of Calvi from Chapel de Notre Dame de la Serra; the road up here looked more like the Appalachian Trail

Gorgeous view of Calvi from Chapel de Notre Dame de la Serra; the road up here looked more like the Appalachian Trail

The lower town viewed from the Citadelle; from 1278 onwards, the Citadelle was the main Genoese stronghold on the island

The lower town viewed from the Citadelle; from 1278 onwards, the Citadelle was the main Genoese stronghold on the island

Magnificent 15th century fresco in Oratorioe St-Antoine; it's nice that these churches can stay open with no security and not worry about vandals defacing the art

Magnificent 15th century fresco in Oratorioe St-Antoine; it's nice that these churches can stay open with no security and not worry about vandals defacing the art

Way up at the top of the mountain is the 19th century Chapel of Notre Dame de la Serra; it was built over the ruins of a 15th century complex destroyed in a 1794 battle

Way up at the top of the mountain is the 19th century Chapel of Notre Dame de la Serra; it was built over the ruins of a 15th century complex destroyed in a 1794 battle

The lower town featured plenty of restaurants, souvenir shops and clothing stores; I was surprised that most businesses were open on Sunday

The lower town featured plenty of restaurants, souvenir shops and clothing stores; I was surprised that most businesses were open on Sunday

The Calvi War Memorial; originally for those who died in World War I, names of those lost in wars since have been added

The Calvi War Memorial; originally for those who died in World War I, names of those lost in wars since have been added

Torre di Spano is one of the many 16th century Genoese towers on the Corsican coast; this peninsula started to be developed but conservationists intervened and were able to protect the area

Torre di Spano is one of the many 16th century Genoese towers on the Corsican coast; this peninsula started to be developed but conservationists intervened and were able to protect the area

View of Calvi from Punta di Spanu; google maps is helpful but frequently tries to send me the wrong way

View of Calvi from Punta di Spanu; google maps is helpful but frequently tries to send me the wrong way

Only from high above do you get a true sense of how substantial the fortifications are around the old town of Calvi

Only from high above do you get a true sense of how substantial the fortifications are around the old town of Calvi

According to legend, Christopher Columbus was born in this house; at that time Corsica was part of the Genoese empire

According to legend, Christopher Columbus was born in this house; at that time Corsica was part of the Genoese empire

The cathedral was built in 1576 in the center of the Citadelle; this is one of the more perilous towns for walking with slick stairs and jutting cobbles

The cathedral was built in 1576 in the center of the Citadelle; this is one of the more perilous towns for walking with slick stairs and jutting cobbles

The promenade in Calvi is one of the most attractive on the island; it's also the only flat stretch in the town

The promenade in Calvi is one of the most attractive on the island; it's also the only flat stretch in the town

Napoleon was born in the Corsican town of Ajaccio; during the Corsican revolution Napoleon and his family fled to this house belonging to his godfather in Calvi

Napoleon was born in the Corsican town of Ajaccio; during the Corsican revolution Napoleon and his family fled to this house belonging to his godfather in Calvi

Calvi's cathedral houses this 15th century ebony crucifix known as Christ of Miracles; on my Sunday visit the cathedral was in constant use

Calvi's cathedral houses this 15th century ebony crucifix known as Christ of Miracles; on my Sunday visit the cathedral was in constant use

Built in 1492 (a good year), the Palace of Genoese Governors was the residence of leaders from Genoa for centuries; now it is the barracks of a division of the French foreign legion

Built in 1492 (a good year), the Palace of Genoese Governors was the residence of leaders from Genoa for centuries; now it is the barracks of a division of the French foreign legion

Oratoire St-Antoine was built in 1510; Calvi was founded by the Romans in the first century AD

Oratoire St-Antoine was built in 1510; Calvi was founded by the Romans in the first century AD

Baroque Saint Marie Majeure Church was begun in 1765 with the bell tower added in 1838; it's the most prominent church in the lower town

Baroque Saint Marie Majeure Church was begun in 1765 with the bell tower added in 1838; it's the most prominent church in the lower town

Quai Landry is the liveliest spot in town as people eat at restaurants overlooking the marina; ice cream, as usual, was very popular

Quai Landry is the liveliest spot in town as people eat at restaurants overlooking the marina; ice cream, as usual, was very popular

The big, modern grocery stores are typically on the outskirts of town; they have a broad selection but the checkout lines are always quite long

The big, modern grocery stores are typically on the outskirts of town; they have a broad selection but the checkout lines are always quite long

Saint Marie Majeure Church has a statue of Erasmus, patron saint of fishermen; parking is a big problem here

Saint Marie Majeure Church has a statue of Erasmus, patron saint of fishermen; parking is a big problem here

Summers are hot (record high is 108) with rain occurring less than 2 days per month on average; the mountains seemed to keep the moisture away

Summers are hot (record high is 108) with rain occurring less than 2 days per month on average; the mountains seemed to keep the moisture away

Monument to Christopher Columbus; apparently there is no proof that Columbus was actually born here but it makes for a good story

Monument to Christopher Columbus; apparently there is no proof that Columbus was actually born here but it makes for a good story

Mussels seems to be the local specialty; needless to say I won't be trying them

Mussels seems to be the local specialty; needless to say I won't be trying them

Motorcyclists come from all over Europe to enjoy the scenery on Corsica's winding, mountainous roads

Motorcyclists come from all over Europe to enjoy the scenery on Corsica's winding, mountainous roads

The marina, in a protected bay, had both luxury yachts and small fishing boats; further to the north is a beach but it's quite a hike from town

The marina, in a protected bay, had both luxury yachts and small fishing boats; further to the north is a beach but it's quite a hike from town

Corsica seems to be one jagged peninsula after another; the Holy Week celebrations in Calvi are among the best and most beautiful on the island

Corsica seems to be one jagged peninsula after another; the Holy Week celebrations in Calvi are among the best and most beautiful on the island

The 15th centuury Citadelle is perched high on a rocky promontory surrounded by water on three sides; the population is only 5400 but swells with summer tourists

The 15th centuury Citadelle is perched high on a rocky promontory surrounded by water on three sides; the population is only 5400 but swells with summer tourists

There are lots of super scenic beaches along the road but they are impossible to reach without a boat

There are lots of super scenic beaches along the road but they are impossible to reach without a boat

In 1794, the Citadelle was bombarded by 30,000 cannon shots fired by the British fleet; it was in this battle that Admiral Horatio Nelson lost an eye

In 1794, the Citadelle was bombarded by 30,000 cannon shots fired by the British fleet; it was in this battle that Admiral Horatio Nelson lost an eye

Supposedly, Calvi is a popular scuba diving spot; the visibility would be good but I think they are just looking at relics from World War II in the water

Supposedly, Calvi is a popular scuba diving spot; the visibility would be good but I think they are just looking at relics from World War II in the water

Unlike Sardinia (directly to the south and Italian), Corsica has decent rail service; you can connect from Calvi to Ajaccio or Bastia

Unlike Sardinia (directly to the south and Italian), Corsica has decent rail service; you can connect from Calvi to Ajaccio or Bastia

From the bastions of the Citadelle, the Genoese could easily spot potential threats such as cruise ships which make stops here

From the bastions of the Citadelle, the Genoese could easily spot potential threats such as cruise ships which make stops here

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