28 September 2014
 Calvi, Corsica

By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises

Another spectacular day, this time on the spectacular island of Corsica. A place of jagged peaks and deep valleys, carpeted almost everywhere by the thick maquis undergrowth.

We arrived at Calvi just after sunrise.

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Calvi in the early morning light. Photos by Corey Sandler

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And a photo I took in the late afternoon, with Silver cloud framed by ancient Genoese walls.

I went with a group of guests way up into the hills to the perched village of Sant’Antonino. The view from below was impressive; the hike to the top strenuous but well worth the trip. Sant’Antonino may be the oldest continuously occupied town in Corisca, dating from about the year 900.

Today less than 100 people live on the hill top.


The view from atop, and a peek inside the small Franciscan chapel, dating from 1776 about the time France took control of Corsica. Photos by Corey Sandler

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The spice market in Iles Rousse. Photos by Corey Sandler

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The colors of Calvi
The colors of Calvi

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Columbus was born here, or so say some wishful believers.
Columbus was born here, or so say some wishful believers.

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Climbing the fortress walls for a view of the port of Calvi
Climbing the fortress walls for a glimpse of the port.

All photos by Corey Sandler. All rights reserved. If you would like to purchase a high-resolution copy, please contact me.




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Remembering Judie Abbott

By Corey Sandler, Silversea Destination Consultant

With sadness, and fondness, we remember Judie Abbott.

I worked with and treasured Judie as a friend through her career at Silversea.

For a decade, she was the grande dame of Silversea, a cruise director–and friend–without compare. Before coming to Silversea she was a queen of Cunard and at the start of her career a most talented leading lady of the West End in London.

She took her name Judie Abbott from her breakthrough character on stage. Judie Abbott, not Judy Abbott. She used her real name only for the tax man.

If you seek her measure, consider this: amongst most of the crew and many guests and friends, she was known as Mother.

The seven seas feel empty without her.

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Judie Abbott on the Thames. Photo by Corey Sandler