Monthly Archives June 2014

The ‘Baraccone’, huts from the past ..

Patrimoniu di Corsica page 'Baraccone'The ‘Baraccone’ found in Corsica (Bories in French), date for the most from the second half of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. They are not prior to the eighteenth century. Their architecture, in forms of a beehive or nave, can reach several metres in height. These huts built mainly by farmers and breeders, are of dry stone and call for specific techniques for their construction.

The arch or barrel vault, is well known; each stone is wedged between two neighbouring stones, and therefore cannot fall out. But, this technique requires wooden hangers. And, because of the cost, it is excluded for constructions as modest as dry stone huts...

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When the Sposata confides ..

Corsica Mea (site)In the region of Vico, and just above the village of Murzo, a strange shaped mountain exists – called the Sposata.

Long ago, in this modest region of the ‘Deux Sorru’, a poor and helpless mother lived with her daughter, Maria, who was as beautiful as the day, but possessing a heart of stone. Whilst looking after their sheep in the mountains, Maria had only one thought in mind; to give up this life of misery – but, how ? It so happened, one day a handsome young man presenting himself to her as the Count of the Cinarca, came upon her way. Rapidly, he fell in love with the beautiful shepherdess, and very soon asked her to marry him – to which she answered positively, without any hesitation.

But, Maria was poor, and ashamed of it too; in order to put together a dowry, she had no qualms i...

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What’s a particularity of ——> CUTTOLI-CORTICCHIATO ?

Village, heart-to-heart in just a few lines :

 

CUTTOLI-CORTICCHIATO        Cuttoli Corsica Meia

 

 

As is the case of all of the European species of bats, the small Horseshoe Bat is protected by the law, and this island shelters a third of the national numbers. The church in Cuttoli-Corticchiato itself houses an important colony, and the municipality is strongly involved in their protection. For information, there would be 22 species of bats here, all being insectivore, and giving birth to just 1 bat yearly – they possess an individual potential of swallowing 1000 mosquitoes per night ! amazing isn’t it …

 

 

Credit photo: Corsica Meia par Yannick B ©
Credit info text: http://dignois.fr/kalliste/Cuttoli-Corticchiato/

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Tiodoru Poli – A story of a Corsican bandit

Tiodori Poli Contes & Legendes Corses tarrano bonicardoThis story about Tiodoru (Théodore) Poli was related by Gustave Flaubert, in his travelogues. During his visit to Corsica in 1840, and more precisely at the moment of his visit to Vico, on October 7th – he hears about Tiodoru’s exploits, whom he qualifies as ‘a noble heart and a hero’.

Tiodoru Poli, a native of the Chiaja, not far from Guagno, where he was born in 1797. He’s an honest straightforward farmer, who ploughs his land, up until one morning of February 1820, when a brigadier from the police force belonging to Guagno (and whom he thought was his friend) – comes to handcuff him, in front of the whole village – for unaccounted-for reasons. Tiodoru, struck by the conscription, had neglected to present himself before a given date, to the recruitment office in Ajaccio...

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