Hola, diligent Travel Readers and welcome to Ajaccio, Corsica – home of Napoleon Bonaparte.
Our journey continues and lets call this chapter “Ajaccio Attractions”.
This second station of our cruise is a fantastic, beautiful little isle full of charming little places, streets and kind inhabitants.
We arrived on Sunday morning, 26th of August.
After an amazing breakfast, which again fulfilled every desires, we left the ship and after a short walk via the small Yacht Port of Ajaccio with some very huge and impressive yachts, you find yourself already in the old town.
Explore the market in Ajaccio
What a great luck that on this lovely Sunday there was a market with all kind of exotic fruits, sweets, meat and much more.
Additionally to this the official market continued with a second hand market with again so many imaginable things, countless and way too much to be mentioned here, but just alone for inspecting all of this we would have spend the whole day there.
So we just had a splendid time by walking through the lovely little streets of Ajaccio, breathing old history of long time gone battles, because Corsica also has this military history and you can find this in so many places like old forts, castles and huge city wall all around the isle, even stronger than in Mallorca.
Enjoying some delicious ice cream, trying some little snacks directly from the market – this is dolce vita!
The house of Napoleon Bonaparte
But Ajaccio, as small as it is, as much it has to offer.
And this brings me to our second part of discovering this magical place – Napoleon Bonaparte.
He is the famous, let’s say legendary son of Corsica, and Ajaccio particularly.
Born on this isle in the year of 1769, you find statues, pictures, emblems, stickers and much more related to him and his heritage in nearly every corner.
As small as Ajaccio, Bonaparte was well known quite a tiny man but also well known with an impressive place in history of mankind and in my opinion this is good!
So we decided to visit his house of birth, which is located in the rue Saint-Charles 20000, quite close and 5 minutes walk from the port.
The entrance is 7 € per person, so we recommend to visit this place only if you are really interested in the history of Napoleon Bonaparte, because the walk through takes approximately one hour, if you really take the time to look at all the things. For us it was really interesting, because you can really strongly feel the old spirit of those long time gone era and it is not hard to imagine how this small man was laying in these small beds and sitting on these small chairs. Everything here was pretty tiny and for some moments I had the feeling to be on a visit at Snow white and the little dwarfs.
Anyway, additionally to all the original furniture you find here all kind of documents, coins, books and much more from the once property of Napoleon and his family.
The Beach of Ajaccio
So we had now a Walk through in Ajaccio with nice food and streets, we had culture and there was still some hours left to spend the day there.
What a fortune, that Ajaccio also has beach areas, so now the time was right for swimming!
No need to talk about the weather, which is nearly constantly perfect summer weather in this part of Europe, we decided to hit the waves of the blue Mediterranean Sea.
And oh dear, what a nice welcome it was.
The water temperature about 24 degrees, who can not enjoy this?
End of the Ajaccio Attractions – Back to “Mein Schiff”
So you might agree that it’s not really needed to tell you pages about beach fun, we want to leave you here also with some pictured impressions of Ajaccio beach time 🙂
So in the early evening a fantastic first Corsica holidays ended for us with so many adorable impressions and we went back smoothly to „Mein Schiff 2“, already pretty hungry and tired.
Talking about an exciting day and really looking forward for the next station “Rome holidays” we sat on our balcony, having one or two closing drinks.
With this impression we leave you now waiting for the next episode „Holiday on Mein Schiff 2 – Episode 3: Hot Rome Holidays“.
Lastly some nice facts about Corsica:
- Many beaches, pure beautiful sand.
- Despite French language, the second official language is Corsu, which is also taught in schools.
- Napoleon is cool.
- Coca Cola was invented by a Corsican. Well, yes…you can read more here corsicanow.com/5-true-historical-facts-you-did-not-know-about-corsica
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