When we reviewed the itinerary of our cruise, most of the ports had cities that were familiar to us – Malaga, Rome, Florence, and Valencia. One port was completely unfamiliar to both of us. As it turns out, sometimes the unknown is the best.
We arrived in Ajaccio, Corsica on the morning of our anniversary. We opened the door to our balcony to enjoy breakfast while choosing which yacht we would most like to own. Okay, and maybe I did thank D for my awesome anniversary present, a yacht of course! Just kidding.
All joking aside, we disembarked the cruise ship and listened to a local representative share with another family how to get to the taxi as well as which beach is easily accessible with a short amount of time in Corsica. We crossed the street and walked thru a farmer’s market on our way to the taxi.
It must have been our lucky day as we got a Mercedes that looked like a limo sedan for our taxi. He whisked us to Marinella beach where we decided that lounge chairs were worth the splurge on our anniversary.
We settled in for coffee on the beach.
After lounging on the beach all morning, we were hungry. Our luck continued as the restaurant affiliated with the lounge chairs that we rented offered a prix fix menu for only 15 euros! You could choose between a salad course and a main course or a main course and a dessert.
We chose the salad and main course. My French came stumbling back to me and I understood that the main course was veal of some sort (helpful, right?) The salad course was a delicate and delicious salad with jamon serrano, corsican cheese and thin lettuce with a drizzle of a pesto olive oil dressing. I am getting hungry just thinking about this.
The main course was equally delicious. And it turned out that the veal was a delicate stew that fell apart in your mouth. I am not sure this photo does it justice, but trust me – good!
We skipped the desserts although they looked tempting. It just seemed hard to pay 9 to 11 euros for one course when we had just paid 15 for two courses. Clearly the view from our table was stunning.
Marinella beach was the perfect backdrop for our anniversary lunch.
After lunch, we headed back to Ajaccio where we did some shopping. The streets reminded us so much of our time in Paris.
We definitely left Ajaccio wanting more. The few hours we had there just did not seem like enough.
Back on the ship, we were in for a treat with our anniversary dinner ending with this lovely dessert.