The Legend of the Seven Windmills

moulin à vent du Cap Contes et Legèndes Corses (Fb)During the Corsican wars, there was a family living near Ajaccio – the Orotesi family. Wanting to protect their wealth from future plundering, it was buried so well that it was never to be found …
Now, in order to meet the needs of the family and raise their son Théobald, the father became a miller. From all of his twenty years of age, Théobald was by far the best looking boy in the country – and Ginésia, the daughter of the Montichi Podesta, fell in love with him. However, her father did not have the same vision at all – fi !!! to marry the son of a miller ! but, he had Théobald come to see him and promised his daughter in marriage, if he became rich. The young man left Ajaccio and returned to his windmill. A storm broke out and caught him on his way back.
On a path in the maqui...
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Wild garlic ‘Agliu salvaticu’ as a medicinal plant


Another medicinal plant to add to our collection (which is growing constantly). Notice how pretty they all are too.

Wild garlic belongs to the family of alliaceous plants. Found usually in shaded and moist areas. The bulbs and the more aery parts are used. Possessing properties that resemble those of the common garlic, it lowers blood pressure and prevents arteriosclerosis, relieves stomach aches and facilitates digestion in general. It is also used to treat diarrhoea, colics due to indigestion and even stimulates the appetite. Along with all the above, it is also used as a vermifuge. Garlic purifies and removes toxins from our body, and has a very positive effect on circulation.

When used as a spice: the leaves are finely cut and added to soups, sauces and salads.
When used as a tincture...
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A few words on: The Greeks in Cargèse


The Greeks in Cargèse are a minority living in Corsica; culturally and linguistically related to the course of the population. And although the island was colonised locally by them, (notably, the town of Aléria), the population is more so that of the XVII century.
The Peloponnese peninsula of Uriginari Maina decided to abandon their homeland, occupied by the Ottomans, and a search for a new home started around 1663.

The territory was visited by John Stefanopoli. After the devastation carried out by the Ottomans, preparations were accelerated for the exodus. On October 3rd, 1675, seven hundred and thirty embarked on a ship – destination Genoa, arriving on January 1st, 1676.

With the money supplied by Genoa, the Greeks were able to construct five villages within a year...

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‘Lamaghja’ Blackberry – how to benefit from the advantages


‘Lamaghja’ can be used to treat sore throats and mouth infections, ulcers and diarrhoea.


Decoction for internal use:
For 1 cup of herbal tea, use:
50g blackberry leaves
500ml water
Add the leaves to the water and bring to the boil, continue for another 10m.
Filter and allow to cool.
Drink 4 to 5 cups per day.
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The Legend of the Dragon from Valpianu

At the bottom of Valpianu, and not far from the hamlet of Bonicardo, lived a monstrous dragon that had been driven away from the Muteri mountain by the fairies. Those who had been able to get a glimpse of him, had fled just in time – a vile beast, with sharp legs, spitting flames from his mouth, waving his enormous wings and sweeping the ground with his long tail.
One day, a man arrived out of the blue and proposed to fight the dragon, in exchange for a plot of land that he could cultivate. The population accepted the offer of this brave young man, whose name was Padrone. Nobody knew what happened during the fight, and they were convinced he would never return.
Under the chestnut trees, the battle ...
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