Archeology/History : evidence of presence

bastia-cusi-archeology-1It goes without saying, that from the beginning of the island’s population, men travelled the territories that surrounded them – hunting, fishing, collecting shells along the shores, raising cattle and soon cultivated the slopes of Pigno. But, what evidence of their presence did they leave ? In truth, little – and only a trained eye and patient research, or sometimes luck, can reveal tiny signs of their passage – arrowheads found at Arinella, slivers of obsidian and rare shards collected on the hills overlooking Cardo and PaeseNovu, and a dug up cupule in a rock above Suerta
 
 
Source: Bastia cusi 
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‘Frappes’: if you haven’t already tasted them, certainly worth trying !

Very popular and can be served on many occasions – ideal for all types of festivities, the Corsican ‘frappes’ are simply delicious and be will go by unseen (christenings, birthdays etc,.), they remain a classic choice for many families here.
 
Ingredients:                                                                                    recettes-corse-frappes
 
– 500g flour
– 1 packet baking powder
– 50g sugar
– 1 packet vanilla sugar
– 50g icing sugar
– 3 eggs
– 100g butter
– 15cl milk
– 10cl sweetened condensed milk
– 1 lemon zest
 
Method:
 
You’ll need a deep fryer for this recipe.
In a terrine, place the flour and make a well in the centre. Add the melted butter, eggs, powder sugar and vanilla sugar, salt, baking powder, lemon zest and sweetened milk...
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Once upon a time there was a donkey .. a lovely short story from: Vescovato

vescovato-donkeys

One day, a donkey decided he was going to make fortune. There he was, breaking off his halter and running around the meadow. The grass was high and full of charm, although there was no lack of thistles. Feeling happy with himself, he brayed loudly – so loudly, a lion who happened to be quite near, heard him and decided to come and see what this was all about. At the sight of the donkey, he was quite astonished ! never had he seen such an animal. After a few minutes, he did however approach him, and asked :

‘How does one call you ?’
‘Harpalionu’
‘Harpalionu ?’
‘Yes’
‘You are so strong that you believe you are above lions ?’
‘In the whole wide world, there is not one living being comparable’
‘Well ! since you have such a tremendous force, I’m going to propose you a deal’
‘And what ?’
‘It’s ...
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Direction —-> the natural pools at the Aïtone Forest

                                                                            Piscine naturelle d'Atone CORSE               
 
 
Far from the coast and its beaches, direction the natural pools of Aïtone situated in the eponymous forest. Spreading out to no less than 4000 hectares, the Aïtone forest literally plunges you into the heart of the Corsican countryside – between chestnut groves, beeches and also laricio pines (known to be the most beautiful from the ‘Island of Beauty’). Furthermore, it is not impossible to meet up with cows, or even wild pigs in complete freedom ! You may also have the possibility of coming across the Corsican nuthatch, a small bird generally perched on the laricio pine trees.
Now, to reach the natural pools, two solutions are possible:
– either by the chestnut trail from the village of Evisa
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Lime Tea – ‘U Tigliolu’ as a medicinal plant

corsica-guide-le-tilleulVery easy to find, the linden tree grows just about everywhere, many of us already use the flowers regularly as an infusion. And although this is quite a common choice, I think it’s necessary to remind just how useful it can be – i.e. for fevers, chills and insomnia.
 
For internal use as a decoction:
2g of dried flowers with around 300ml of water (really depending on the size of your cup too), but those of you who are used to drinking infusions, will obviously know just how much you should use. Bring cold water and flowers to the boil, and continue to boil for around 10m – filter if necessary. Drink several infusions per day.
 
 
 
Source: Corsica Guide © 
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