On a tour of the island of Corsica, our tour guide asked if there were any French on the bus. When she found out that there were not any French, she exclaimed “good”. I thought it odd that she would ask that, as Corsica is part of France. After learning the history of the island, I knew why she asked.
Throughout history, Corsica has been invaded and occupied by more than ten other countries (Carthaginians, Greeks, Etruscans, Romans, Vandals, Visigoths, Saracens, Lombards, Genovese, French and English). All through this tumultuous history, the Corsicans have strived and fought for independence. Given its history, It is easier to understand their disdain for the country that currently controls them (France).
The island itself (the fourth largest in the Mediterranean) is almost as diverse of its occupiers. Its attractions include gorgeous bays, beaches and cities and towns along its coastline. Inland there are and sawtooth mountain peaks, valleys, lakes, dense forests and hilltop villages. Of course, I was drawn to the latter and travelled to Lake Tolla in the mountains. From this vantage point, the beauty of Corsica is on full display.