Since we weren’t feeling the beaches along the East Coast, and we still had 4 more days there, we decided it was enough and looked for other alternatives. We found a local hike that led to a beautiful waterfall, so it was a no-brainer - we had to go see it! We looked at the map and getting to our new adventure seamed fairly easy; we forgot we were in Corsica : ) We followed the directions written in a local brochure. Once again, we ended up on a super windy and narrow road going up the hill - I prayed that none of the kids would get motion sickness. Every time Mila and Leo made a louder sound, I looked back with a terror in my eyes, haha. Luckily, nobody threw up, huray! On the other hand, we got yelled at by local drivers, who were stuck behind us. We were driving very slowly and carefully to avoid our kids getting sick, and secondly, this road was a total zig zag and two cars could barely fit next to each other. We were holding back the whole traffic and that seemed to piss off some angry drivers, especially the post man! Once he got in front of us, he blocked us on one of the streets, so he could deliver the mail to the locals. We sat patiently in our car and waited for him to finish his job - honestly, we were afraid of him! We finally found a parking spot - there were no signs for the waterfall or hike, we saw a couple of cars parked along the road and figured that had to be the hikers. We put on our hiking boots, placed Mila in the carrier and started our ascent.
The hike was listed as an easy jaunt, about 1 hour each way, with distance of 1.5kms. It was not bad at all, just the fact that it was straight up the mountain! There were some challenging parts, literally climbing to get to the next rock, but overall, it was doable with kids. After hiking through the chestnut forest, we saw the beautiful Baghja Waterfall. It was about 70 meters in height and it was pretty spectacular. We set our backpacks and other belongings on the rocks and dove in into very cold, yet fresh water. It felt amazing! Swimming in the little pool of the spring water and looking up to see a powerful waterfall was totally worth all the sweat. Leo and Mila started their usual - throwing rocks into the river. When you looked back, you saw a gorgeous green valley surrounded by rocky mountains - a complete bliss. On the bottom of the rocks there was a little slide created by the falling water - you could literally sit down and slide straight to a little pond. Leo loved that spot and so did we. It was by far, the highlight of our trip to Corsica’s east coast. We stayed there for several hours and enjoyed every bit of it. There were only a few other people so this little paradise was exactly what we hoped it would be. It was funny because that night, once the kids were going to bed Leo asked if we could go back to the jungle! He has been hooked on the movie “The Jungle Book” and every time I see him watching it, I think he would made a great Mowgli, only the blond version…
The last 2 days we spent bouncing between the beach and the mountains. We discovered a decent beach only 12 km from our house, called Pinia National Park. This beach is located in the national park and it reminded us of McArthur Beach State Park in Florida. One day we decided to drive to a little village called Chisa (about 20km from our house). This village is located inland of Corsica, right in the heart of the mountains. Another drive through narrow roads, zig zagging around the mountain. No vomits! The Herman’s have evened the score with Corsican Roads 2-2!
At the bottom of the valley we spotted a river full of boulders and thought it was a perfect place to put down our blanket and go for a swim. Leo and Mila loved it there. They climbed on every possible rock and tree branch. This place was pretty much empty, only few other people were hanging around which made it very private, quiet and enjoyable day. Once we got home, we were super tired. I guess the cold water and sun take a lot out of you. It rarely happens these day, but along with Mila, I took 2 hour nap!!!! I must say, it felt amazing!
Tomorrow, we’ll leave Corsica, heading to Italy. Corsica was a spontaneous trip for us. We didn’t have it on our list of places to visit, but kind of like the decision to do this trip, we just looked at each other one day in France and said let’s go for it. We knew of no one who has ever been there, and felt like it was worth discovering. We kind of changed course to discover it and while everyday was not perfect, we saw some of the most picturesque scenery, particularly on the west coast. Thats the beauty of travel, discovering the undiscovered and letting the wind take you where you please. Now its time to get back on the Mainland, and discover Tuscany!