Take a train ride into the interior

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Saturday 5th July

Decide to take a train to Corte for a change of scene. Corte is in the middle of Corsica and describes itself as the sentimental heart of the island, as it was the capital of an independent Corsica in the 18th century. After leaving Bastia the line follows the coast for a while before turning inland to follow the valley of the river Golo. The countryside becomes more wooded and then increasingly wild and rugged. The train is a small diesel and the track has some tight curves and fairly steep inclines. At times there seems to be nothing beyond the tracks but a sheer drop of a few hundred feet.

Corte is an interesting town with lots of history, built around a rocky outcrop, with twisting alleys winding between tall buildings, most of which look unchanged from the middle ages. Visited the Museum of Corsica but can’t think of anything to say about it except it was dark.

On the return journey the train was packed with people on the way home after a day out, laughing and joking among themselves. Just ahead of me a lady holds onto her husbands ear, her comfort blanket I suppose. The train is good value, 10 euros for a two hour ride.

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