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Report 2028: Two Travellers on Corsica

By Doug Phillips from Canada, Spring 2012

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Page 8 of 14: Piana and Les Roches Rouge - Monday October 8

photo by Doug Phillips

Les Roches Rouges, Piana

Our first stop today was at the local supermarket in Cargese. The SPAR chain is found everywhere on Corsica.

After dropping off purchases at the apartment we drove a few miles north along the coast until we came to Piana, another of the Most Beautiful Villages in France. While its setting is not as dramatic as Sant'Antonino, Piana is a picturesque village, with several very attractive buildings and great views over the Golfe de Porto. The most impressive structure is Les Roches Rouge, an elegant restored grand hotel at one end of the village.

After some time in the village we headed over to Les Roches Rouges for a late lunch on the terrace. While this was our first time at the hotel, several of the details of both the exteriors and interior were familiar from our viewing of the 2009 movie Queen To Play. We enjoyed a long, leisurely lunch on the almost-deserted terrace. The weather was perfect and the views from our elevation out over the gulf were spectacular.

Back to the apartment by 5:00pm, a couple of hours on the beach, followed by dinner and a bottle of wine chez nous.

A short trip today, highlighted by a memorable setting for lunch.

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