........... Algajola

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Algajola (Al-ga-JOE-la) is a small seaside village that's very colorful and picturesque. Located about 10 miles north of Calvi (towards L'Ile Rousse), it offers a lovely white sandy beach, a sea promenade, artisan shops, its own historic citadel, (attacked by the Turks in 1643), and hotels tucked right up along the shore.

You'll also find a number of good restaurants. My favorite is Le Chariot**. Dining outside in the dappled sunlight, surrounded by plane trees with sand under your feet, you'll find everything tastes especally good. A suggestion? Their pizza crust is thin but soft, thanks to the addition of olive oil--try their pizzas trois fromage, or fromage avec oignon along with a pint of Pietra, an outstanding refreshing Corsican amber beer made with chestnuts that is most refreshing.

Afterwards take a lazy promenade along the main street, Rue A Marina, as many atelier artisian shops are open until late, and you'll often find vendor tables along the way. I always enjoy visting the ceramic pottery shop, Caruli, whose wares range from delicate to functional, all in the most dazzling colors (see photo below). Finally, catch the orange and purple rays of the setting sun diping into the horizon. It doesn't get much better than that.

** To see pictures of Le Chariot's pizza, click here.

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