Monthly Archives June 2013

Rendering homage to the Emperor, for this is Napoleonic week in the Imperial City

Place de Gaulle (Off du T)

There seems to be an evidence – this historical and imposing personage continues to fascinate and naturally interest those who wander any where near this island, but also for the rest of the world. His indelible mark is omnipresent and consistent, and Ajaccio especially perpetuates this memory.

It was on August 15th, 1769 in Ajaccio, the future Emperor was to enter a world which would undergo continual transformation and whose amazing, forceful and ambitious personality would outlive his wildest hopes and dreams. Military genius has often been spoken of, accompanied by his capacity of inspiring those who were by his side, of whom many found a profound respect for this man who came from a family of noble, Italian ancestry.

“If I had to choose a religion, the sun as the universal g...

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“A picture is worth a thousand words ..” and I hear Napoleon’s words here

Jean Exiga+Lucienne Dentz



Photo credit: Jean Exiga & Lucienne Dentz, with many thanks











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The Lazaret, and how it came back to life – François Ollandini reveals past and present coexisting


And this is exactly what happened, past and present coexisting.

There’s a very moving story behind this particular setting, dating back to when the plague ravaged and changed the lives of so many indeed and Corsica was not exempt of the consequences.

We’re returning to the 14th century here, leading right up to the 19th, where cholera was also present. Walking around this space has been an overwhelming sensation for me personally, and a tremendous experience, from which I can only try to convey, hopefully immersing you in intense historical remnants, remaining forever present.

During those times, coral fishing was very popular but, the French authorities decided to forbid the continual coral fishing around the coasts, pretext being, that the seabed was overworked – thus, imposing...

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The wisdom of bridges comes from the fact that they know both sides ..

pont genoise D.Brunati

Remember, the Genoese had taken over the island, (12th/13th century) and in doing so, they of course wished a certain transformation. One of the most important was the construction of many stone arched bridges, thus, for economical reorganisation, theses bridges saw the day between the 13th and 18th centuries. Mainly single arched, and ‘hunch-backed’, and allowing a distance up to twenty meters, beyond which, the necessity for several arches was necessary. A large number have been classified as ‘historical monuments’ and their contribution in the growth of rural regions cannot be dismissed.

With a height of six meters, and ten meters in length, the Navy Negru up in the Cap Corse, would be the most imposing, double arched example...

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