Nice to Corsica
September 26, 2017
Another travel day today, though at least it didn't involve any flying. Instead we took the awkwardly-named but otherwise fine Mega Express 4 ferry from Nice to the island of Corsica where we disembarked at the town of Bastia.
There are a number of ferries connecting the island to continental France and Italy. The ferries vary in how fast they can go.
I think this ferry is considered to be fairly fast, it makes the trip in less than 6 hours. The ferry from Ajaccio to Toulon will be an 11 hour overnight sailing.
Nice to Bastia ferry route
Paul saying goodbye to Nice
And hello to Corsica ...
Corsica & Ile de la Giraglia
This tiny island is situated off the northern tip of Corsica. It doesn't appear to have much more on it than a light house.
Pilot boat for Bastia harbour
As we approached Bastia this small boat raced up to our huge Mega Express 4 ferry. The pilot boat looked like it was going to hit us. Instead the small boat pulled along side and a pilot jumped from it onto our fast-moving ferry.
It was totally sucky for photos as we are facing west into the sun so the sky is blown out and the town is hazy.
To get a sense of the size of the ferry this shot shows a similar ferry (same ferry company, Corsica Sardinia Elba Ferries) parked in Bastia's harbour.
Tomorrow we begin exploring Corsica. Fortunately the weather gods are smiling on us.