A Strada Antica

This is a memory trail and millenary path, connecting the coastal plains of Purtichju to the Altu Taravu – handed down from prehistoric times. Beginning at Purtichju near the old medieval hamlet of Frassu, followed by the Col Saint Georges and Bocca di San Ghjorghju – it joins the old road from Ajaccio that used to connect the villages to the city and the lands of the plain. After crossing Bocca di Lera, significant crossroads, it then arrives near the Casteddu di Bozzi, an important feudal castle – situated precisely at a strategic point in order to control the territory, and the road network. It then continues to Tassu, near a Bronze Age castle and also a menhir – joining Bocca di Vizziluca, linking Bastelica and the Prunelli Valley...

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Marie Bonaparte: Princesse and Pioneer of Psychoanalysis

Marie Bonaparte, known as ‘Princess Bonaparte’, was the great-granddaughter of Lucien Bonaparte and granddaughter of Pierre Bonaparte (nephew of Napoléon I). She was born on July 2nd, 1882 in Saint-Cloud. She stated: ‘If anyone writes my life, may it be named by ‘the last Bonaparte’, for that is what I am – my cousins from the imperial branch are only Napoléon’. After her mother’s death, she was raised by nannies and her paternal grandmother, Princess Pierre. Reading and writing become her passions, fleeing from childhood melancholy – she writes in English and German. Her mundane life began in 1905, and in 1906 she met King George I of Greece, and marries the second son George, on September 12th, 1907...

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A very pleasant and uplifting session with: Artist Fabrice Martinez

Refreshing and convivial moments spent with self-taught artist Fabrice Martinez recently, a quiet spoken person who does not search to be propelled into the limelight whatsoever, but radiates through his passion, displaying wellbeing and equilibrium. A family man, who paints at home and not at all in silence, life can continue around him without upsetting his artistic flow – he took the trouble to stress this fact with me with a broad smile, also mentioning he doesn’t have any particular choice of time of day or night to paint. From Ajaccio, he spent five years in Aix-en-Provence at the Faculté d’Arts Plastiques. Since he was eight years of age, Fabrice has been creating; this would be connected to the fact that he used to offer workshops for children in the past...

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A few words on: The Church of the Sacred Heart in Ajaccio

The first stone of this historical monument was laid in 1924, by Monseigneur Simeone, and the official consecration followed on June 7th,1929 with Monseigneur Rodié – being the feast day of the Sacred Heart. Of neo-Byzantine appearance, decorative and tasteful, it was built in tribute to those who had died during the Great War.

Inside, simplicity of decoration can be observed, stained glass windows standing out, a creation by Valentine Reyree. A guest book can be consulted, where one can read the names of the 351 Ajaccians who had died for their country.

Image: Let’s Talk About Corsica

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Enter the world of: Renaud Imbert – Leather Craftsman and Cobbler

Quality never goes out of style‘ 

This is the phrase which can be discovered on Renaud Imbert’s professional business card. For around thirty years, this leather craftsman has been devoted to his passion, also becoming a cobbler, which he has been practising for twenty years now – having worked with many distinguished marks, notably Hermès. Oddly enough, there are no particular studies required to become a cobbler, and there obviously appears to be a revival of the profession these days – he doesn’t agree with what has been said, that it had become ‘a lost art’. Renaud Imbert considers himself a craftsman first, and less an artist...

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