A hike in the Maquis

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Today’s Route

by Mike

I saw on the map that there are some dolmens around here. Dolmens are ancient rocks carved or constructed or something. When I asked the guy at our hotel about them he said that the site was still being processed (the media is intense for a small island, so every subject is well-covered) so there’s no signs and no roads to get there.

At the place closest to where we thought the dolmens were Azure saw a dirt road that went under the highway, so we pulled off the road and parked by an empty beach and walked it. There’s this shrubbery all over the island called “Maquis.” It’s a combination of 7 or 8 different plants that kinda go wherever nothing else is. It’s fragrant, very distinct and subtle. It’s the scent Napoleon talked about on his death bed. We walked the road up a ridge through the Maquis, trying to get a bearing on where the dolmen might be. No luck up the first ridge.

There was another road that lead around another side of the mountain. We hiked high on this one, up until the road ended and the Maquis closed in and the only tracks on the ground were sheep tracks. And even those started disappearing until we weren’t on a trail anymore.

Even if we didn’t find a dolmen, we satisfied my curiosity about walking through the Maquis. From the top it looks like a very even green carpet on the mountains. One of the bushes is rosemary, which is in bloom right now. The flowers are violet, so in the pictures above you can see Azure walking through a whole acre of blooming rosemary.

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6 Comments

Filed under Corsica, France, Travel

6 responses to “A hike in the Maquis

  1. JoAnne

    That is hysterical!

  2. Jess

    Haaaaa!!!! What an amazing video! Thanks for brightening my day šŸ™‚

  3. The hawk and the nightengale “cook” pasta. LOL

  4. JoAnne

    The scenic pictures are like you are on an uninhabited island

  5. Kim

    Oh man, that is so funny, you guys are doing so so good with French… it made us want to be there even more, we were sitting here talking to you :).

  6. Autsy

    So many pretty kitties. You are hanging out with baby animals? I am jealous.

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