Photos August 7
Depart Solenzara for Bastia. Before leaving I went around and met with the Capitainere who had no dramas with us coming in after hours and berthing by ourselves. Catherine and Jack took a tour around the
village, Jude and I likewise for a coffee and croissant. Catherine lost her camera and after a panic went back to the café where Jack and she had breakfast and recovered it.
1800hrs We could not get a berth at Bastia Vieux Port however managed to get one at Port Toga, a few hundred metres north.
We walked into the Vieux Port an noted the old bar we had visited previously had been replaced. Had dinner nearby overlooking the Med to the east with a terrific musical duo playing great music for 3 or so hours.
Approach to Bastia
One of the many ferries servicing Bastia
Jack prepares the mooring ropes
At Port Toga
Great live music from duo whilst having a drink
August 8 I tried to get a hire car but no rental company
had any available. Catherine and Jack went for a walk around the town and then for a ride on the Brompton bikes, exploring Bastia and the surrounds. I took Jude to the airport via taxi at 1pm and in the evening had dinner with Jack and Catherine at a good
marina restaurant, after a drink at a bar with live music.
Jack and Catherine take the Bromptons for a spin
View down to the Vieux Port and surrounding old Bastia
Rock on at the beach!
August 9 Jack and Catherine left by taxi at 8am to catch
their flight and commence the next phase in their life, living and working in London. The few days sailing gave them a good break after the rushing around getting prepared to depart from Melbourne and the timing was opportune with just Jude and I on board.