MOUNTAINS & VILLAGES OF CORSICA
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
The view from my hotel window and from the train windows. Walking in the mountains and river gorges and cooling off at the end of the day with a local beer flavoured with chestnut flowers in the Bar des Amis .
What did you think of your group leader?
Rudi was an excellent, considerate and thoughtful leader with an impish sense of humour. He allowed those of greater ability to walk on ahead to a meeting point at their own pace and most walks provided a shorter circuit for those who felt it necessary. We seemed to stumble across a bar most days and he even had the keys of an old shepherd's hut where we could brew up. On one walk he had gone there earlier and hidden cans of drink for us in a cold mountain stream - - - a kind thought.
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Bocognano was ideally situated and by-passed by the main road traffic. There were a couple of restaurants, a small shop, the Bar des Amis and a good artisan bakery. Guessing when the shops/restaurants would open was a skill that would take more than a week to acquire. The station was only a short walk from the hotel. The hotel was as implied in the Trip Notes - - - a bit old and quirky but with friendly and helpful staff and a laid back cat. Much more fun than an impersonal modern one. Rudi's advice that Corte would not provide enough interest for a full day's visit was well founded. We all went to Ajaccio on the rest day. Our thanks to John, an ex French teacher who got our tickets !
Is there anything else you would like to add?
There were old shepherd's huts in the mountains and most had a clear spring of drinking water close by to save us carrying too much. I would have liked some harder/higher mountain walking on a couple of days but all such holidays are a compromise unless you want to go for the full GR20.