Railways in Corsica – useful information

Useful information this time for those of you who would like to use our railways
(also remembering that it’s a wonderful way to sightsee).

The Y-shaped railway network in Corsica measures 232km and links the port cities of Bastia and Ajaccio – 158km. From Ponte-Leccia, a road leads to Calvi – 74km. Now, the most adventurous stretch would be between Corte and Bocognano !

longest tunnel : Vizzavona – measuring 3.916km and is straight
longest viaduct : Vecchio – built by Gustave Eiffel and measuring 140m, with a height of 94m

Also to be noted :         
– 36 tunnels
– 14 galleries
– 38 bridges and viaducts

Length of travel in time (approximatively) :

– Bastia – Corte-Ajaccio  =  3 1/2h
– Bastia – Calvi                =  3h
– Ajaccio – Calvi              =  4-5h
– Bastia – Casamozza    ...

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Napoléon dies in Saint-Hélène

In 1807 at Iéna, Hegel catches sight of Napoléon from afar – overwhelmed, he then writes: ‘I saw the world’s soul on horseback’.
On Saturday May 5th 1821, at 17h49, the Emperor of the French delivers his last breath, on the heavily guarded small island of Sainte-Hélène. ‘Born on an island, to go and die on an island, on the borders of three continents’ – according to Chateaubriand’s words, who admired him as much as he fought him. Napoléon I probably succumbed to stomach cancer, after six years away from the world.

A few resolute people accompanied him in his exile – including two generals, Montholon and Gourgaud, the Count of Las Cases, to whom he dictated his memoirs, the grand marshal of the palace Henri Gatien Bertrand and Louis-Etienne Saint-Denis...

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A few words on: Calenzana Castle

Built between 1852 and 1854 by some 300 men, this castle used to be the home of Pierre Napoléon, Napoléon Bonaparte’s nephew – until 1870. Member of Parliament for Corsica at the Constituent Assembly of the Second Republic, Pierre was also the most controversial Napoléon of his time. Known for his legal escapades in the US and afterwards in Rome, he was several times  involved in murders. The warm-blooded Napoléon was also a soldier, at first at the sides of Santander in Colombia, then in Algeria, where he took part in the battle of Zaatcha. Known for being President of the General Council of Corsica, his troubles nevertheless earned him to be ineligible by the Emperor himself. He eventually died in Versailles, in 1881. 

The castle remained in the family until 1925, when the...

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Cape Corsica: Home of admirable tombstones

Just like the ‘palazzi’ (mansions), the great noble houses, the monumental  tombstones are very much part of the architectural heritage of Cape Corsica. They were built between the late 17th and early 18th century, near hamlets and facing the sea. These were of course, external signs of wealth and the expression of a powerful link between the living and the dead. Along the road in all the villages of Cape Corsica, and always well in sight, impressive sepulchres are erected. Built by emigrants from this part of the island, or by the families of notables, these ‘mansions of the dead’ combine tombs and altars for celebrations, thus producing authentic funerary chapels.

The interior is often decorated with sculptures, paintings, candlesticks and precious monstrances...

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Let’s try: Mini Pavlova Tiramisu

This looks just amazing, don’t you agree ? Here we have yet another choice of blending Tiramisu and Pavlova for what will turn out to be quite an easy delicious little recipe – we really have to try this out !

Serves 8
Meringue Ingredients:- 4 egg whites- 220g sugar- 1 soupspoon cornstarch (Maïzena)
Cream Ingredients:- 250g mascarpone- 25cl liquid whole cream- 3 soupspoons sugar- strong coffee – 16 sponge fingers 

Method: Separate the egg whites from the yokes. In a mixer bowl, beat the whites and add the sugar little by little, and the starch. The meringue must be firm and shiny. Place in an icing bag and make rosettes. Cook in a preheated oven at 120°C for 1h.10min. The meringues should be crunchy on the outside, and soft centered.

Cream: Place the mascarpone, cream and ...

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