Monthly Archives September 2014

‘U Cavallu Corsu’ – a small riding horse, successfully bred on the island

U Cavallu Corsu Musique CorseIt would appear, that the exact origin of the breed is not really known. Certain publications have put forward the theory that the Corsican horse would be indigenous, and would have reached the island a million years ago, when it was attached to the mainland. Also said, it would be from the same origin as the Tunisian Barbe. However, according to experts from the University of Oklahoma, on the contrary, Corsica would never have had indigenous horses; the ancestors of this breed would have been brought by man himself.
The oldest traces of horses on the island date back perhaps to 6005 or 500 BC – according to Corsican associations. The Phoenicians settled in Corsica in 259 BC, but according to the University of Oklahoma, horses arrive later on, having been brought over time by the Vandals,
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Botany: Acantus from Rutili

Acanthe di Rutali (Assoc Oper di Rutali)Belonging to the Acanthaceae family, the Acanthus loves rocks and walls, enjoying little soil.
The dark, glossy
green and jagged leaves can reach from the start, 1m in length. The tall stalks are dotted with white, purplish veined flowers measuring up to 5cm.
Of a very proud nature with its’ dark bracts, green shaped helmet
calyx, and large three-lobed lower lip, giving a particular majestic appearance – blooming from May to July.
Virtues and traditions: Its’ sap has a reputation for being stimulating (Greek warriors used it before going into battle).
Applied to a spot, it would remove all the pus without the slightest pain (once a cure used in Soriu);  some people also used it in poultices.

Architecture: ‘l’erba à cinque’ itself is known for its’ leaves, which were used as architectur...
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Once king of Corsica, Theodore de Neuhoff

Theodore de Neuhoff Patrimonio di CorsicaBorn in 1694, in Cologne (Westphalia). His father, Leopold de Neuhoff, of noble family, was captain of the guards of the Bishop of Munster and having married the daughter of a merchant, was disgraced and forced to retire to France. Taken under the protection of the Duchess of Orleans, he obtained the command of a fort at Metz.

Theodore had a brother, William Henry and a sister Marguerite. At the death of their mother in 1695, the three orphans protected by the Duchess of Orleans, were educated in France. A page for the Duchess up to 17 years of age, Theodore graduated with the rank of lieutenant in service for France. Soon after, he returned to Germany to Cologne with his uncle, the Baron Drost.
In 1714 and 1715, Theodore commands an infantry of the
regiment belonging to the Emperor Ma...

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What’s the particularity of —-> CENTURI ?

Village heart-to-heart: Centuri

Centuri Musique Corse
Lobsters, and fishing. If you’re at all a lover of lobsters/fish, this is the place for you!
Centuri, from ‘Centurinum Civitas’, a small town that existed VI centuries BC.
During the XVI century, Genoa decided to build a tower at the entrance of the port, and the remains can still be seen today, and because of its’ location, it was indeed coveted; finally returning to the Genoese in XVI century, and becoming part of Cape Corsica.
To be noted: in 1757, Pasquale Paoli made Centuri the military port of the Corsican independent nation.
Colour, certainly stands out in this little village, with its’ serpentine roofs, so delightful to view; old houses of coloured stone, surrounded by quite a collection of hamlets – leading to marinas (Ortinola, Camer...
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Historical Corsica : September dates


Sept 15th, 1943: Three patriots fatally wounded from German bullets: Battestini, Perfetti and Rovelli – a monument was inaugurated on the anniversary of their death

Sept 18th, 1935: ‘The Crisis of Tourism’ particularly attains the island of beauty:
1) inadequacy of development of our natural resources
2) foreign concurrence needs to be organised more appropriately
3) restrictions on certain exportation, decided upon by certain states

4) the ongoing difficulties, becoming greater and greater in reaching the clientele

Sept 18th, 1935: the funeral of Captain J.B.Peraldi takes place; Mayor of Cozzano and Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur

Sept 19th, 1934: Olmeto and Cargèse receive the prize for being ‘modern villages’

Sept 24th, 1946: Tribute to the Casabianca (submarine) at the Ami...

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