She also pointed out a small restaurant in town, the Stella d'Oro, where we had a great lunch in the company of two interesting Mill Valley fellow passengers. The lunch was unfortunately a lot better than anything we've had to eat on the Ponant thus far. Not that the Ponant is bad, just not extraordinary. Here's the menu: stuffed mussels, eggplant salad, lasagna and lemon tart, all with Corsican red wine. Yummy.
The town of Bonafacio is, as are most villages in Corsica, on the top of a hill, with a narrow passageway leading into narrow streets, a church at the pinnacle, gift shops, cafes and restaurants, little hotels, views all around of the sea, and a hiking trail leading out along the shore to a lighthouse. Our guide kept telling us that we had come at absolutely the best time of year, before the swarms of tourists arrive for the summer. We (the passengers of the Ponant) did our share of swarming. I didn't buy most of the stuff I
wanted to, but helped the economy in a small way, with lunch and a cotton scarf.
Marsh McCall will give his second lecture in about an hour. At the lecture yesterday he posed the question, basically: Do you believe in manifest destiny? Since we're discussing the Romans and the Roman Empire on this trip, we are wondering how Rome came to be so dominant in this area and elsewhere. Even so, they always felt inferior to the Greeks. The motto of our trip is in Latin:
Certo, Toto, siento nos in Kansate non iam adesse
Surely, Toto, I feel that we in Kansas no longer are present