Monthly Archives April 2014

‘Magical Seductions’ with Marie-Josée Cesarini-Dasso

Les séductions magiquesMarie-Josée CesariniDasso, possesses many talents amongst which she demonstrates her capacities as an ardent and creative author. In this case, she escorts our entering magical worlds, with vivid details, humorous anecdotes and passion for both the mysterious and the imaginative. I have selected extracts from her extraordinary book ‘Les Séductions Magiques’, hopefully allowing you to somewhat enter these worlds we are less accustomed to, not without a potent dose of pleasure and interest. I invite you to read more.

Young girls in love, unfaithful women and accused matchmakers, will wholeheartedly enjoy blaming the devil through their statements for their sentimental weaknesses, trying desperately to escape from the fury of their families and circles...
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The Citadel of Ajaccio – standing in witness of many a historical event ..

Auguste Emeric - Vue d'Ajaccio vers 1850 - MFA 2007.1.13 - copyright RMNWith the idea of constructing a prominent fortification, the Genoese chose this ideal spot for what would be the citadel of Ajaccio, the first stone being placed on April 30th, 1492, towards a fortified castle. All of this would entail four principle campaigns through a certain lapse of time. Sampiero Corso, accompanied by French troops arrived in 1553 wishing to extend its presence, had urged the Marchall Termes to come, the latter being responsible for the citadel, as we know it today. Giacomo Palearo  (engineer, known as ‘the Fratino’) reinforced the fortifications and separated the citadel from the rest of the town, in 1559. With the island becoming under French rule in 1789, the surrounding pits are emptied and rendered somewhat more hygienic...
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10 Corsicans who stood out in history, and why

Pascal PaoliPasquale Paoli : (1725-1807)
– A prominent figure who fought physically and intellectually for the independence of the island. A leader and patriot. When the island was reoccupied by mainland France, he went into exile to England, where he died in 1807.
Undoubtedly, the one who best defended the Corsican interests.

Cardinal Joseph Fesch : (1763-1839)
– renowned art collector and founder of the Fesch Museum in Ajaccio, diplomat for Napoleon. Banished from France and spent the remainder of his life in Rome.

Napoleon Bonaparte : (1769-1821)
– First Consul, becoming  Emperor, military leader who fought a series of Napoleonic Wars. Exiled by the British to the Island of St Helena, where he died...

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Traditional Easter ‘Cacavelli’

Traditionally an Easter treat here in Corsica the ‘cacavelli’, ‘campanili’ and ‘moustatchori’ –  depending on where you may find yourselves at this particular moment.

Let’s take the region of Ajaccio, where the ‘cacavelli’ would be the choice. Ideal for picnics and outings, and you can also make individual ones for children if you prefer.

Preparation: 30mins

Cooking: 40mins

Oven: 180°


– 500grs flour
– 1 egg
– 125grs sugar
– 375grs butter
– a pinch of salt
eau de vie (or brandy)
– 20grs baking powder
– water (if necessary)
– aniseed


Mix all the main ingredients together in order to shape your pastry, and leave to rest for a few hours. Then shape a circle/crown on which you will deposit the egg, using strips of pastry to form a cross.
Coat the pastry...
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Good Friday in Corsica, what does it signify here ?

Today is Good Friday, so what does that signify here ?

Catenacciu- Corsicatheque

Good Friday in Corsica principally signifies the ritual of the ‘Catenacciu’ which takes place annually with a procession in the town of Sartene. The literal translation from Latin for this event would be ‘the chained one’ (‘catena’ meaning ‘chains’) – the ceremony representing Christ on his way up on Calvary road to his crucifixion, and where an unknown penitent wearing red robes and a hood, walks barefoot through the streets of the town carrying a huge wooden cross that weighs 34.5kg and secured by the right ankle with 17kg of chains – only the priest knows the identity of the penitent, and legend would have it that people can indeed wait up to 40 years to be actually chosen...

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