After landing at Bastia Airport in the evening and picking up the rented car we drove to our first accommodation in Bastia: The apartment of Marie-Dominique – a former pilot and passionated traveller (prefering warm/sunny regions like Asia). She was a very socialble, interested person who gave us a lot of good tips for our journey across the island. Born in Corsica she was a French native speaker but her English was excellent as well. The apartment had a very nice balcony with a wonderful large view above the city center of Bastia and you could even see the sea :)
On the next morning we had a typical French breakfast (sweet French roll with homemade marmelade (fig, apricot and cherry), orange juice and coffee).
Marie joined us having a coffee and we were chatting in French and English.
BASTIA CITY CENTER
After breakfast we went downtown Bastia, visiting a food market at Place du Marché and the Vieux Port (the old habour).
What’s very characteristic for Corsica: You can find a citadel in nearly every town. A citadel is a fortress protecting a town. It is positioned to be the last line of defence, should the enemy breach the other components of the fortification system. On the way up to the Citadel of Bastia we actually found some streetart pieces of the french street artist Invader! :) Marie later told us, that Invader creates new pieces of streetart every year in November and that the inhabitants of Bastia allways look forward to discover them.