Monthly Archives July 2014

‘Being creative is not a hobby, it’s a way of life’ with Magali and her ceramics

Terra Terra MAGALI 001What caught my eye, was the fact that her ceramic universe appeared to diversify with the seasons – I never quite knew what I would discover. ‘Being creative is not a hobby, it’s a way of life ..’

Having spent several years away, she decided to return to her island two years ago, in order to develop and unleash her passion and, achieve her ambition.

Very active within an association created over a year ago ‘Terra Viva’, for the promotion and development of cultural activities, and wherein ceramics hold the principle role for now – but, activities such as music, art etc., will also be developed and shared...

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Being July 14th, what does this represent here in Corsica ?

Storia di Corsica Pasquale PaoliJuly 14th holds two notable events :

On July 14th 1755, Pasquale Paoli was elected General of the Corsican Nation by universal suffrage. Then in November of the same year, the Corsican Republic was founded and declared independent from Genoa. A democratic Constitution was established for the first time in history, separating power, popular sovereignty, universal suffrage and the right to vote for women. History would roll on relentlessly, but note that Pasquale Paoli was at the head of the first democratic state in what would be named as the ‘modern world’.

Pasquale Paoli returns to his island:  Coming through Paris in April 1790 where he was received by Louis XVI, praised by Robespierre and acclaimed by the people; he landed in Corsica on July 14, 1790 and is elected Commander-in-chief o...

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‘Orii’ from Munacia d’Auddè (Monacia d’Aullène), dating back to prehistoric times ..

‘Oriu’ (Orii) stands for a rock shelter.   location corse

Dating back to prehistoric times, the ‘orii’ were used for the troglodyte, being caves whose entrances were walled in with dry stones, and used as ancestral dwellings. Later on, shepherds also found them very useful – and others who sometimes found themselves on the run, for here they could hide without being found – one of the reasons being, that many exist in the heart of the maquis – so, hunters too were accustomed to their location.

This particular image is from Munacia d’Auddè (Munacia d’Aullène) which is situated in the micro-region, south of the island, and central to Sartene, Bonifacio and Porto-Vecchio.

Photo credit: Location Corse Copyright ©


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Bastia: Casa Castagnola

Bastia Tempi Fà casa castagnola



Casa Castagnola: probably built in the late 16th century. Interesting frescoes but unfortunately very degraded decorate the entrance hall; they evoke the Battle of Lepanto, within which Christians and Turks confronted each other, in 1571. On the north side of the facade, a Saint-Roch representative recalls an epidemic of plague during the XVII century, having spent a certain time precisely in this place.



Source: Bastia Tempi Fà Copyright ©




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What’s a particularity of —> VENZULASCA (Venzolasca) ?

And yet again, we’re going up north on our way to find the picturesque village of Venzulasca, situated around 30k from Bastia and perched in the mountains. Rows of tall stone houses with slate roofs meet the eye – slate roofs are terribly attractive, blending in perfectly with the little  stone streets – and this is indeed the particularity, for the stones were brought from Brando.
Venzolasca Contes & Légendes Corse

Up to 1912, the Merzana fountain was the only access the village had for drinking water, and in 2001 it underwent renovation. There is however another fountain, which is more recent on the village square, built of cut stone with a statue of Holy Annunciation placed on top of it...

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