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Sailing the Mediterranean on Royal Clipper

Corsica and Ajaccio

sunny 68 °F

Last night was the Captain's dinner - steak and lobster and the parade of the Baked Alaska.


This morning we sailed along the coast of Corsica to our next port of Ajaccio.


The city, whose foundation dates back to before the 6th century, experienced a significant decline during the Middle Ages , particularly during the first centuries of Genoese domination. The Genoese refounded the city in 1492 which developed around the citadel . A city of average importance compared to Bastia or even Corte until the beginning of the 19th century, it experienced significant development from the First Empire when Napoleon I decided to make the city the prefecture of the single department of Corsica in 1811. Ajaccio is nicknamed the “imperial city” — previously the “coral city” — in reference to Emperor Napoleon I , a native of the city and born on August 15, 1769three months after the conquest of the island by the army of Louis XV . It was the first liberated city in mainland France during the Second World War, September 9, 1943.

The Maison Bonaparte museum is a museum created in the house where Napoleon Bonaparte was born in Ajaccio , and where he spent his childhood. It evokes the memory of the emperor and his family in Corsica, and presents various pieces of furniture and objects that belonged to him. The museum is more focused on Corsican heritage or the history of the house than on the life of the emperor.


Posted by rpickett 14:54 Archived in France Tagged and corsica ajaccio

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