Corsica, France

Corsica is renowned as one of the most beautiful places in all of France. It’s a French island in the Mediterranean Sea, located west of Italy and southeast of the French mainland. About two-thirds of the island are made up of mountains. The island is technically separated from mainland France, but it is considered part of Metropolitan France legally. Interestingly, here you’ll also find almost equal parts of French and Italian, both in language and culture. The city is also known to be the home of Napoleon Bonaparte, and his old home was turned into a museum.

Most visitors to Corsica visit during the summer, as the city has excellent beaches. Snorkeling, wind surfing, sunbathing, swimming, and scuba diving are just some of the activities available on the beach, all while being surrounded by some absolutely astounding beauty. Quite a few gelato stands, restaurants, and bars rest all along the beach as well, and they are heavily frequented during the evening hours. For those who looking for alternatives to beach activities, there’s also plenty to see in the mountains. There’s a lot of walking trails featured in Corsica, including one that takes 17 days. However, there are also slightly shorter ones such as the Mare e Mare Nord (11 days), the Mare e Mare Sud (5 days), and the Mare e Monti (10 days).

Corsican food is a delightful mix of French and Italian cuisine, which give way to some excellent and very unique dishes. Chestnuts, you’ll find, are a staple in many Corsican foods, and a delicious and unique flavor is often added to dishes by using the local olive oil that is flavored with ripe fruits collected beneath trees. Corsican’s also tend to feature a wide selection of beers, have their own Coke flavor, and some very delicious local wines. If you are able, the Pietra beer is always highly recommended.

 

Provence: Mediterranean Beauty

Provence

This picturesque city is located in the south eastern Mediterranean area of France, bordering Italy. The city is actually one of the earliest known human habitations in Europe, with primitive stone and tools being unearthed at one point that were up to 1.05 million years old. The city has been inhabited by the Greeks, the Romans, and even Germanic tribes since then before finally becoming part of the French state.

One of the biggest and most major rivers of France, the Rhone river, runs trough Provence. The river has been important in commerce and communications throughout time between France and locations throughout the Mediterranean. The river splits off into two arms at one point and form the Camargue delta. One arm is called the “Grand Rhone” and the other is called the “Petit Rhone”.

 

rhone river provence

Provence is filled with plenty of natural beauty, including the Maritime Alps that border along Italy, these are the highest peaks in the entire region. The top of the mountain features bare limestone and no vegetation, but what’s neat is that the limestone gives the illusion from a distance of the mountain being snow capped. The Alpilles mountains are also located in Provence. The Apilles are a small chain of mountains that aren’t extremely high, but they stand out well enough because they rise out of the Rhone valley. These mountains also feature the same limestone peaks. Other mountains that run through Provence include Montagne Sainte-Victoire and the Massif des Maures.

provence mountains

Tourists flock to Provence because of it’s mild and warm temperatures, but that’s not the only reason. One popular feature of Provence is the food, which is a unique result of the warm Mediterranean climate and the abundant fresh seafood from the coast. Rouget is a fish that frequents menu’s in Provence – a small red fish that tastes wonderful when grilled. Some other popular foods you’ll find are: Aioli, Bouillabaisse (seafood dish), Rouille (mayo and red pimento spread often put on fish or bread), Tapenade (relish of olives, capers, and olive oil spread on bread), Daube (beef stew), and many more.

aiolia

The wines of Provence are not to be ignored either, as their history extends all the way back to 600 BC. At one point, the wines of Provence were considered dull and uninspiring, however new methods and technology have changed that. Red wines are popular and consist of grenache, mourvedre, and syrah grapes. Rose wine from the region is also popular.

rose wine