Monthly Archives May 2013

Fishermen and their patron saint, St Erasmus – an annual three day celebration in Corsica!


Not specifically for Corsica, but for all fishermen around the world, and as there is quite a population here, it is normal that he would be remembered and honoured every year.

Originally, the Brotherhood of St Erasmus regulated assistance within the community, under the protection of the saint, dressing in white gowns bordered with purple for this feast day.

A procession takes place in various towns, (Ajaccio, Bonifacio, Calvi, Erbalunga etc.,) on June 2nd, where the statue of St Erasmus is transported to the port with the blessings of the priests, thereupon boarding one of the boats and where a seafaring procession and benediction take place...

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The first Energy for Islands Salon has opened its doors – Energ’îles


An important initiative was taken here in Corsica, to organise this first salon as regards to the multiple problems islands are compelled to face up to and undergo, where their energy resources are concerned –  a topic that needs to be discussed and thought about to its full extent, for the future is also at stake here.

The necessary importation of fuel, which most islands undergo, is one of the vulnerable aspects, and who says ‘importation’ automatically says ‘expense’, and don’t we know it well.

The goal desired? – to gain an essential independence of energy.

The presence of the Minister of Environment (Delphine Batho), along with the Overseas Minister (Victorin Lurel), is certainly a strong asset and required attendance for this first salon, showing an authentic interest to thi...

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Valentine’s Mausoleum in Pino, admirable

Mausolée de Valentine (fille de Eiffel) à Pino (fotocommunity LichtSchattenSuc)

Valentine Piccioni (no other than the daughter of Gustave Eiffel), married a Corsican, Camille Piccioni in 1890, they had two children, Marcel and Jean. The Piccioni family, known as one of the oldest and most distinguished families in Corsica.

Now, this is her mausoleum in the town of Pino (Cap Corse), an admirable structure – I have yet to visit it, as I find it holds tremendous beauty and quite frankly, fascinates me – maybe it’s the powerful pressure of atmosphere, it appears to dominate the surroundings, bathing in history and remaining omnipresent, along with a certain settling into the natural surroundings of towering trees and dense bush – this, takes my breath away and I’m certainly looking forward to this visit over the summer months.

Photo credit: LichtSchattenSucher Copyr...

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Sauntering around town, drop in to the ‘Bistrot du Cours’ in Ajaccio

Bistrot du Cours

While you are sauntering around the town of Ajaccio, drop in to see Pascal at the Bistrot du Cours, it’s right in the heart of the town and you will be welcomed with smiling faces too.

He started out as a barman there, which led to his taking over this delightful, cosy café in 1998. He now runs it with his son, Alexandre, so it has become a family affair.

Ideally situated, and surrounded by boutiques, of all sorts, when the need to sit down for a while, or quench your thirst impose, you will enjoy the convivial surroundings and welcoming manners.

One of the main particularities here is the fact that he displays between 3000/5000 books – so, if the fancy takes, you can sit and read or even borrow/exchange books at your leisure, an original idea, whilst sipping your cold drink during the...

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Florian’s on an exciting adventure! – The Gombessa Project


I’d like to tell you about a certain adventure Florian Holon has set out on, just recently. Having grown up just outside of Ajaccio, he focused his studies on his passion: the sea. From deep sea diving to the study of coral, and the preparation of his thesis, he started working with Laurent Ballesta years ago, and is now very much part of his team, who has set out to Sodwana (South Africa) early April of this year – for one and a half months.

Now, what’s this expedition about – it’s the Gombessa Project.
An adventurous and courageous team of 10-15 specialists have set out to explore, discover, view, study and film, the oh! so famous but highly rare: Coelacanthe.
Firstly, let’s situate this fish – it was believed to being extinct millions of years ago...
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