2015-09-19 Bonifacio Marina, Corsica, France

 View of the Citadel from our boat
A great view of the Fortress from our boat
A cute little fishing boat tied up in port
A cute little fishing boat tied up in port
 Today we set off to do some serious sightseeing in Bonifacio
Today we set off to do some serious sightseeing in Bonifacio
Restaurants and cafes line the shore of the harbour
Restaurants and cafes line the shore of the harbour

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Our extravagant venue for dinner last night!!
Our extravagant venue for dinner last night!!

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We conveniently caught the small tourist train to take us up to the old walled town
We conveniently caught the small tourist train to take us up to the old walled town
 The western end of the port of Bonifacio
The western end of the port of Bonifacio
We were able to get a few good shots of the boat on our way up
We were able to get a few good shots of the boat on our way up
We approach the large fortress that overlooks the port
We approach the large fortress that overlooks the port

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The train took us out towards the entrance to the harbour where we had a great view of the circular bay called Calanque de l'Arenella
The train took us out towards the entrance to the harbour where we had a clear view of the circular bay called Calanque de l’Arenella

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We decide to tackle the King of Aragon stairway
We decide to tackle the King of Aragon stairway
189 steps to the bottom
189 steps to the bottom
....and 189 steps back to the top!!
….and 189 steps back to the top!!
The steps are a popular exercise before lunch
The steps are a popular exercise before lunch
Once at the bottom of the steps we follow a pathway carved into the limestone cliffs which go to a grotto
Once at the bottom of the steps we follow a pathway carved into the limestone cliffs which takes you to a grotto

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The grotto where fresh drinking water was collected in ancient times is now a shrine to all the visitors who have visited the spot
The grotto where fresh drinking water was collected in ancient times is now a shrine to all the visitors who have visited the spot

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 Kate has been shopping!!
Kate has been shopping!!
What a fabulous lunch stop
What a fabulous lunch stop
Looking to the south east point of Corsica, Capo Pertusatu
Looking to the south east point of Corsica, Capo Pertusatu
The limestone cliffs are an amazing sight around Bonifacio
The limestone cliffs are an amazing sight around Bonifacio
La Manichella high up in the old town is a great place for lunch and a game of Pentanque
‘La Manichella’ high up in the old town is a great place for lunch and a game of Pentanque
The busy square by 'Le Time'
The busy square by ‘Le Time’

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Port de Genes
Port de Genes

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We head up to the Bastion de l'etendard, the fortress overlooking the port
We head up to the Bastion de l’etendard, the fortress overlooking the port

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Tangaroa from the fortress high above the port
Tangaroa from the fortress high above the port

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 So many wonderful eateries in the old town of Bonifacio
So many wonderful eateries in the old town of Bonifacio

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The loggia of the Sainte-Marie-Majeure Church which is the oldest building in Bonifacio from the 12th Century
The loggia of the Sainte-Marie-Majeure Church which is the oldest building in Bonifacio from the 12th Century

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A table for 3
Dogs are welcome in a lot of restaurants around Europe
We head back down to the harbour
We head back down to the harbour
The well preserved fortification walls of the Citadel
The well preserved fortification walls of the Citadel
A 5 star Grocery conveniently positioned near the large yacht berths
A 5 star Grocery conveniently positioned near the large yacht berths
Place St Erasme beside our pier where the Tangaroa is moored
Place St Erasme beside our pier where the Tangaroa is moored

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 An interesting vessel arriving into the port
An interesting vessel arriving into the port
New acquaintances Paul and Marianne join us aboard for drinks to give us some good information on Sardinia
New acquaintances Paul and Marianne join us aboard for drinks and give us some good information on cruising in Sardinia
Paul and Marianne stayed and helped us consume the large chicken and veggie curry Ric had made earlier
Paul and Marianne stayed and helped us enoy the large chicken and veggie curry Ric had made earlier

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