up up to the col de teghime between bastia & st-florent
My father says that there is only one perfect view — the view of the sky straight over our heads, and that all these views on earth are but bungled copies of it.―
If one looks at a map of Corsica, it looks like a clenched fist with one or two fingers pointing up, sort of. Between those fingers and the fist is a junction, and on Corsica that is the road between Bastia and Saint-Florent and where one finds the col de Teghime.
The distance between Bastia and Saint-Florent on Corsica is 24 km or about 15 miles. It takes maybe 40 minutes to drive the distance. Half way between the two is a pass, or col, called col de Teghime, about 540 above sea level.
From Saint-Florent I drove to the col de Teghime, and because the two lane road has many curves, I was driving about 40 km an hour, or 25 miles an hour.
From this vantage point it is possible to face north and look to the left, thus to the west, and below see Patrimonio and it surrounding countryside, including the vineyards that are everywhere in this area. The gulf of Saint-Florent and the desert of Agriate are a backdrop below. A hill blocks a clear view of Saint-Florent. (Click on any photo to see it larger and in more detail. Cliquez sur une vignette pour l’agrandir.)
Then look to the east and see where you had just come if you were in Bastia. The Tyrrhenian Sea, a part of the Mediterranean Sea, is below as well as the harbors of Bastia. (Click on any photo to see it larger and in more detail. Cliquez sur une vignette pour l’agrandir.)
Patrimonio is a small village below the col de Teghime, and one must pass through it to climb to the col from the west or after descending from the east.
To the left of the road and to the right are signs and names of vineyards in the area. They offer wine tasting, and often the venues are open and one can see stacked cases waiting to be carried away. (Click on any photo to see it larger and in more detail. Cliquez sur une vignette pour l’agrandir.)
The wine has its own AOC and is considered to be one of the best, if not the best, wines produced in Corsica.