09 February 2009

The Donkey Track to Gorbio - the Cross and the Olive Nets

Two more bends and we are in the village. Had we come on the main road we'd have covered 2.5 to 3 kilometres - it's a very windy road. The donkey track is much more direct, we've walked almost straight up the hillside, a few twists and turns but not many - the problem being we've climbed and climbed and that's tiring. I don't know the exact length of this walk, maybe 1.5 kilometres, maybe less - it just feels like more.

At the top of the part of the track in the main photo is a cross - presumably to commemorate someone who died. Often you see wild flowers fixed to this cross in summer. And in the smaller photograph, we see the village ahead and on the right the orange nets that collect the olives. This is one of the two olive farms in the village - it's also a camp site.

Tomorrow, although the walk is over, there will be someone for you to meet before we enter the village - and she is not a stone's throw from where we are now.


  1. This track is so typical of this area. The onets to collect olives add mediterranean genuiness to the scenery. It lacks the sound of the crickets, but I imagine it's not the good season.
    It's so gorgeous.

  2. I hope you rested in the village and had something lovely to drink.

  3. Loving the donkey track to Gorbio, only wish I could try it.

  4. Following our last,...and next visit to Gorbio, I just wanted to tell Celine Dion also wentnto Gorbio in 1996.
    - "Falling Into You"
    This music video was directed by Nigel Dick between January 18-19, 1996 in Gorbio and released in February 1996.

    You can see it there: (or click on "Luc" on top)


    Lun & Carole, Montreal,Quebec.

  5. Luc & Carole

    That's fascinating. I was living here in 1996 but in Roquebrune, not Gorbio. Don't remember reading anything about this. I'd like to mention it on the blog in the next day or so, would that be OK. I'll mention you of course. Please advise.

    love to you both - Jilly x

  6. Yep, can see the village, we're almost there and the trail now seems less steep. This is a good thing.

  7. Jilly.

    Of course you can talk about Celine at Gorbio.

    You can even ask to the guy who cleans the Gorbio village, if he is still the one. He sweeps and empty the trash at Gorbio 1 or 2 days a week. He used to work at a laboratory in Monaco. We spoke with him 2 or 3 years ago in Gorbio. He was there when Celine the video. He even spoke with René, her manager that she would marry years later.

    Here is the story of the song: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falling_into_You_(song)

    See you next June maybe. We are often in Bar du Cap at 18hrs, they all know Luc & Carole now.



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