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Largest city in Corsica-Ajaccio nice tourist hub

Place Foch is the main square; the statue of Napoleon dominates the colorful area that is home to the city's farmers' market

Place Foch is the main square; the statue of Napoleon dominates the colorful area that is home to the city's farmers' market

There seem to be endless scenic bays like this one in Tiuccia; a famous Corsican specialty is lonzu which is raw pork fillet rolled with salt and pepper, tied into thick sausages and smoked

There seem to be endless scenic bays like this one in Tiuccia; a famous Corsican specialty is lonzu which is raw pork fillet rolled with salt and pepper, tied into thick sausages and smoked

Maison Bonaparte is where Napoleon was born; the $10 tour was done by audioguide since all of the descriptions in the house were in French

Maison Bonaparte is where Napoleon was born; the $10 tour was done by audioguide since all of the descriptions in the house were in French

1790 Saint John the Baptist Church; in the old part of town every neighborhood had one of these colorful churches

1790 Saint John the Baptist Church; in the old part of town every neighborhood had one of these colorful churches

The narrow city beach was convenient but not as nice as those lining the Gulf of Ajaccio further outside the city

The narrow city beach was convenient but not as nice as those lining the Gulf of Ajaccio further outside the city

Napoleon's home was the grandest in Ajaccio at the time; this 18th century dresser was bought in Milan and was my favorite piece in the house

Napoleon's home was the grandest in Ajaccio at the time; this 18th century dresser was bought in Milan and was my favorite piece in the house

The Citadel was completed in 1559 and is off limits to the public since it is a military installation; Ajaccio is the largest city on the island with only 68,000 people

The Citadel was completed in 1559 and is off limits to the public since it is a military installation; Ajaccio is the largest city on the island with only 68,000 people

The Amazing Race visited Ajaccio during season 6 in 2001; the city averages more hours of sunshine than even Nice

The Amazing Race visited Ajaccio during season 6 in 2001; the city averages more hours of sunshine than even Nice

A huge monument to Napoleon dominates Place d'Austerlitz where the emperor overlooks his hometown of Ajaccio

A huge monument to Napoleon dominates Place d'Austerlitz where the emperor overlooks his hometown of Ajaccio

The regional government offices were housed in the most attractive building in town; there were lots of PETA-like protesters out front

The regional government offices were housed in the most attractive building in town; there were lots of PETA-like protesters out front

Rue Cardinal Fesch is a pedestrianized area with craft shops and boutiques; everyone seems to eat ice cream and linger over long meals but they're still skinny

Rue Cardinal Fesch is a pedestrianized area with craft shops and boutiques; everyone seems to eat ice cream and linger over long meals but they're still skinny

Sanguinaires Islands are a popular excursion from Ajaccio; the lighthouse there dates from 1844

Sanguinaires Islands are a popular excursion from Ajaccio; the lighthouse there dates from 1844

This spotted jellyfish was the first I've seen while snorkeling in Corsica; the excellent visibility makes it easy to avoid any jellies

This spotted jellyfish was the first I've seen while snorkeling in Corsica; the excellent visibility makes it easy to avoid any jellies

The Museum of Fine Arts on the left with the Imperial Chapel on the right; Napoleon's parents and nine family members are buried in the chapel

The Museum of Fine Arts on the left with the Imperial Chapel on the right; Napoleon's parents and nine family members are buried in the chapel

Another statue of Napoleon, this time on Place de Gaulle; the airport is also named in Napoleon's honor

Another statue of Napoleon, this time on Place de Gaulle; the airport is also named in Napoleon's honor

There's actually a private home on that island complete with a driveway connecting it to the rest of Corsica; definitely a primo spot

There's actually a private home on that island complete with a driveway connecting it to the rest of Corsica; definitely a primo spot

If Lee were with me we'd have to try this place; the island is quite clean although the dumpsters and recycle bins always seem to be overflowing

If Lee were with me we'd have to try this place; the island is quite clean although the dumpsters and recycle bins always seem to be overflowing

There were plenty of nice beaches lining the Gulf of Ajaccio; the town is pronounced a-JACKS-ee-o

There were plenty of nice beaches lining the Gulf of Ajaccio; the town is pronounced a-JACKS-ee-o

It's easy to walk from one end of the old town to the other since the area isn't very large; a rare tornado struck Ajaccio in 2009 but damage was minimal

It's easy to walk from one end of the old town to the other since the area isn't very large; a rare tornado struck Ajaccio in 2009 but damage was minimal

Founded in 1617, St-Erasmus Chapel is dedicated to the patron saint of sailors; sister cities include Palma de Mallorca, Marrakech and Dana Point CA

Founded in 1617, St-Erasmus Chapel is dedicated to the patron saint of sailors; sister cities include Palma de Mallorca, Marrakech and Dana Point CA

The Bonaparte house was purchased by them in 1682 and expanded by purchasing adjoining homes over the years; this is supposedly the room in which Napoleon was born

The Bonaparte house was purchased by them in 1682 and expanded by purchasing adjoining homes over the years; this is supposedly the room in which Napoleon was born

The Ajaccio Cathedral, completed in 1593 in Venetian Renaissance style; the city averages two days of snow per year

The Ajaccio Cathedral, completed in 1593 in Venetian Renaissance style; the city averages two days of snow per year

The Parata Tower was built in 1551 by the Genoese to stem attacks from Barbary pirates; the water was very refreshing

The Parata Tower was built in 1551 by the Genoese to stem attacks from Barbary pirates; the water was very refreshing

There are lots of people snorkeling but it's sad when the highlight of the day is a sea star

There are lots of people snorkeling but it's sad when the highlight of the day is a sea star

The French love their dogs; the pampered pooches go to restaurants, grocery stores and on vacation with their owners

The French love their dogs; the pampered pooches go to restaurants, grocery stores and on vacation with their owners

The Ajaccio casino faces the sea and looked nice from just inside the front door; that's as far as I got since shorts aren't allowed

The Ajaccio casino faces the sea and looked nice from just inside the front door; that's as far as I got since shorts aren't allowed

Ferries from France and Italy call on Ajaccio as well as huge cruise ships; tourism is the major economic engine so people put up with the traffic and congestion

Ferries from France and Italy call on Ajaccio as well as huge cruise ships; tourism is the major economic engine so people put up with the traffic and congestion

Painting of Napoleon's mother, Letizia; most of the items in Maison Bonaparte were from after Napoleon's time so it seemed overly touristy

Painting of Napoleon's mother, Letizia; most of the items in Maison Bonaparte were from after Napoleon's time so it seemed overly touristy

The scenic west coast of Corsica made for a very photogenic drive; this view is looking north from atop the mountain leading into Ajaccio

The scenic west coast of Corsica made for a very photogenic drive; this view is looking north from atop the mountain leading into Ajaccio

The goats could not have cared less that they were blocking the road; some just plopped down in the road

The goats could not have cared less that they were blocking the road; some just plopped down in the road

Corsica's west coast offers no end to grand scenery thanks to the jagged coastline; the east side of the island is relatively straight

Corsica's west coast offers no end to grand scenery thanks to the jagged coastline; the east side of the island is relatively straight

Ajaccio began to develop in 1492 thanks to the Genoese; in 1553 the city was conquered by the French but in 1559 it was returned to the Genoese as part of a treaty

Ajaccio began to develop in 1492 thanks to the Genoese; in 1553 the city was conquered by the French but in 1559 it was returned to the Genoese as part of a treaty

Baldacci again points out that the FBI director is truly independent and can't be fired by the president; not one of his better books

Baldacci again points out that the FBI director is truly independent and can't be fired by the president; not one of his better books

Plage Isolella is a 30 minute drive south of Ajaccio; crushed ice and/or a Big Gulp would have been nice today

Plage Isolella is a 30 minute drive south of Ajaccio; crushed ice and/or a Big Gulp would have been nice today

Locals tended to go to the sandy beaches while I ventured to the rocky beaches in the hopes of better snorkeling; haven't seen any fast food restaurants on the island

Locals tended to go to the sandy beaches while I ventured to the rocky beaches in the hopes of better snorkeling; haven't seen any fast food restaurants on the island

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