Sunday, June 21, 2009
In praise of L’Ile Rousse
These are the unkind words that the Rough Guide to Corsica uses to describe one of my favourite Corsican towns. I profoundly disagree - and to prove it you can take a look at me enjoying a coffee in the town square with my wife Chris.
I will admit that L’Ile Rousse lacks city walls and does not have the same brooding presence that we find in Calvi,
But history it has. Pascal Paoli,
So I think of L’Ille Rousse (which by the way means “red-head island”) as
Additionally, there has been a change of ownership of Camping les Oliviers at the top of the hill going east. They have chosen to close off the sea-facing slopes (deeming them an unacceptable fire risk) which resulted this summer in more people squeeezing into a smaller area of available camping ground.
Of course, the town itself is just as pleasant, whether on market days, dining out (A Quadra recommended) or simply wandering around. But all in all, Ile Rousse was not quite as much a favourite place as in the past. Next year maybe I'll base myself somewhere else .... maybe it's time to try another campsite. Any suggestions?