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Scandola- Unique geologic area on Corsica's west coast

Unusual horizontal columnar basalt lava flows; the Reserve was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1983

Unusual horizontal columnar basalt lava flows; the Reserve was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1983

This is the first place I've stayed on this trip that has a pool, an infinity pool at that; I didn't try it but it made for a nice photo

This is the first place I've stayed on this trip that has a pool, an infinity pool at that; I didn't try it but it made for a nice photo

The Fungo River is fed by snows up in the mountains; people enjoy swimming in the river but I saw some in wetsuits

The Fungo River is fed by snows up in the mountains; people enjoy swimming in the river but I saw some in wetsuits

You can see (barely) the head of a female fish eagle; they summer in Corsica and winter in north Africa

You can see (barely) the head of a female fish eagle; they summer in Corsica and winter in north Africa

Those Genoese built sturdy watchtowers; when enemies were spotted the lookout would light a fire as a signal to the next watchtower; then that lookout would do the same and, supposedly, within 3 hours the entire island perimeter would be notified

Those Genoese built sturdy watchtowers; when enemies were spotted the lookout would light a fire as a signal to the next watchtower; then that lookout would do the same and, supposedly, within 3 hours the entire island perimeter would be notified

Wind and erosion have created some scary looking formations in the Reserve; the Reserve was established in 1975

Wind and erosion have created some scary looking formations in the Reserve; the Reserve was established in 1975

Easily the largest natural arch I've seen; not sure how it compares to those in Utah but this one was quite impressive

Easily the largest natural arch I've seen; not sure how it compares to those in Utah but this one was quite impressive

The water in the Fungo River was astonishingly clear; this is the view looking into the river from a bridge high above

The water in the Fungo River was astonishingly clear; this is the view looking into the river from a bridge high above

Scandola Nature Reserve had plenty of arches, caves, tunnels and other interesting geologic features; no one is allowed on land in the reserve so you can only admire it from the sea

Scandola Nature Reserve had plenty of arches, caves, tunnels and other interesting geologic features; no one is allowed on land in the reserve so you can only admire it from the sea

It's difficult to see but there are still patches of snow in the mountains above the tiny village of Galeria

It's difficult to see but there are still patches of snow in the mountains above the tiny village of Galeria

On top of this pinnacle is the largest fish eagle nest in the Reserve but it's currently unoccupied; there were only 3 nesting pairs 20 years ago but now there are more than 30

On top of this pinnacle is the largest fish eagle nest in the Reserve but it's currently unoccupied; there were only 3 nesting pairs 20 years ago but now there are more than 30

I bought a French sim card when I arrived in Nice for about $20 and it lasted a couple of weeks which seems like a bargain; the iphone has been a big help with directions

I bought a French sim card when I arrived in Nice for about $20 and it lasted a couple of weeks which seems like a bargain; the iphone has been a big help with directions

The Valley of the Fungo is the number one attraction in Galeria according to TripAdvisor

The Valley of the Fungo is the number one attraction in Galeria according to TripAdvisor

I was lucky to have a mud nest on my hotel balcony with house martins; mom would fly back constantly bringing food

I was lucky to have a mud nest on my hotel balcony with house martins; mom would fly back constantly bringing food

This area was once volcanic which resulted in the brilliant colors; fortunately the area is remote so it was never mined for its valuable minerals

This area was once volcanic which resulted in the brilliant colors; fortunately the area is remote so it was never mined for its valuable minerals

According to Wikipedia, this village has 340 residents; I stayed at a nice hotel (super AC) right across the street from the port

According to Wikipedia, this village has 340 residents; I stayed at a nice hotel (super AC) right across the street from the port

I struggled to find anything to photograph underwater; I thought I saw a large eel in the Reserve but it was gone before I could be sure

I struggled to find anything to photograph underwater; I thought I saw a large eel in the Reserve but it was gone before I could be sure

Vertical (columnar) jointed basalt lava flows; the most famous example of this phenomenon is Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland

Vertical (columnar) jointed basalt lava flows; the most famous example of this phenomenon is Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland

The Reserve is supposed to have protected ospreys as well as peregrine falcons but we didn't see them; other groups said they saw dolphins but not us

The Reserve is supposed to have protected ospreys as well as peregrine falcons but we didn't see them; other groups said they saw dolphins but not us

The craggy coastline of Corsica creates lots of inviting coves but, without a boat, there is no way to reach them; the Balearic Islands are somewhat similar and have more sea life

The craggy coastline of Corsica creates lots of inviting coves but, without a boat, there is no way to reach them; the Balearic Islands are somewhat similar and have more sea life

The water continues to be super clear but there just hasn't been much to see in the water; this village had lots of Neptune grass which doesn't smell good

The water continues to be super clear but there just hasn't been much to see in the water; this village had lots of Neptune grass which doesn't smell good

The three hour tour on an inflatable zodiac cost $45 (glad I didn't opt for the scuba trip); my tour had a French couple and a German couple and the guide spoke decent English

The three hour tour on an inflatable zodiac cost $45 (glad I didn't opt for the scuba trip); my tour had a French couple and a German couple and the guide spoke decent English

The area is often windy making for a choppy boat ride to Scandola; the first wind turbines I've seen on the island are just across the bay

The area is often windy making for a choppy boat ride to Scandola; the first wind turbines I've seen on the island are just across the bay

It was fascinating how the colors were restricted to a relatively small area; the land portion of the Reserve is only 3.5 square miles

It was fascinating how the colors were restricted to a relatively small area; the land portion of the Reserve is only 3.5 square miles

When I say Corsica is sparsely developed, this is what I mean; thank goodness none of the Trumps have been here

When I say Corsica is sparsely developed, this is what I mean; thank goodness none of the Trumps have been here

Posted by VagabondCowboy 09:12

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