Spending time with: Jean Corti – Mural Artist / Restorer

                                                                         

He has always known he would follow his desire to become an artist, and more precisely a mural artist, painting and restoring. A native of Ajaccio, who returned to live here after having spent his youth in Paris.
Do it with passion or not at all‘ – a quote that immediately comes to mind when listening to what he has to say.

Retrospectively speaking, this is a family affair.
His great-great grandfather Philippe Bassoul was an artist, and also his son Jean-Baptiste Bassoul whose paintings can be found in the Fesch Museum – without forgetting Jean’s own father, who was to follow the footsteps of his elders – we can easily perceive immersion from an early age.

In Ajaccio, he had the opportunity to meet Jean Bourgoin, fr...

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Pancakes – with Corsican honey and apple filling

An original and tasty change for your pancakes, which I’m proposing today, using two types of flour which will also bring diversity to the taste.
Ice-cream being an ideal accompanying treat, with whatever flavour takes to your fancy, topping with a spoon of tangerine jam – delicious !     

Ingredients:

– 175g chestnut flour
– 75g wheat flour
– 3 eggs
– 50cl milk
– 1 soupspoon oil
– 40g salted butter
– 2 apples
– 20g brown sugar
– 100g Corsican honey
– salt

Method:

First of all, the pancakes have to be prepared. Add the two flours and salt in a mixing bowl. Add the eggs, and whip until the mix becomes smooth. Thin down with the milk and add oil. Allow to rest for 1h at room temperature. Following this, cook the pancakes in a frying pan with a little butter, place them in a warm oven...

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Retrospective on: The ‘Quartier des Etrangers’ in Ajaccio

                                                   

What is generally known as the ‘Quartier des Etrangers’ in Ajaccio remains even today, one of the most attractive and esthetic parts of the town. With the following account, I propose a retrospective of the birth of this international district, as the historical story behind the creation is indeed generous with thought-provoking ideas.
We will be travelling back in time to the birth of tourism in Corsica. And, rightfully so, you may wonder why choose this particular district.
After Napoléon’s death, and for various reasons, authors and artists start coming to Corsica – Balzac, Flaubert and Mérimée come to mind immediately.
Mérimée was an inspector of historical monuments...

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The Eastern Coast – extract: La Corse des écrivains by Thierry Ottaviani

Stretching from the southern tip of Corsica to Bastia, the eastern coast is much less winding and mountainous than the western side of the island. ‘This immense plain which forms the whole eastern coast’, writes Gustave Flaubert ‘is uncultivated for the greater part – covered here and there with a maquis whose tuft of greenery appears from afar, in the middle of this white earth’. 

Things have changed since the XIX century.
The eastern plain, far from being sterile, is now an intensive agricultural production area that exports wines, vegetables and fruits – including the famous Corsican tangerines.

Starting from the southern point towards the north, we reach Porto-Vecchio – ‘the old port’ in Corsican. This town on the east coast was founded by the Syracusans...

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A story illustrating an ancestral custom – ‘A Chjamata’

There is in Corsica, an ancestral custom which perfectly denotes the sense of honour, duty and morality of the inhabitants of the island.
When the head of a family dies, the objective of ‘a chjamata’ is to reunite all the men of the village, during a work period. This happens on a Sunday, and the villagers carry out in one day, what the deceased would have taken several weeks to do. This event, continues until the children’s majority, and often even well beyond.

Carbuccia 1913.
Barbarella had unfortunately resorted to this gesture of righteousness and generosity. Her dear husband died within a few hours, victim of a hernia, leaving their family and whose youngest boy, was only ten years of age. The child was called Jules-Baptiste...

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