Monthly Archives September 2014

From a black+white world, conversation streams in colour – with Michel Tomasi, photographer

ANGEThree generations have testified their continual regard on this island with affection. Through alternating aspects, shaded sensibility, exposed settings, the spectator is invited to penetrate a world of being and suggestion.

I met Michel with enthusiasm, for I felt the desire to expose his personal sentiments would be indeed valuable.

Let’s start by going back in time, with Ange Tomasi – Michel’s grandfather (1883-1950). At the age of 20, he settled himself in Bastia, as a photographer, having trained with Jean-Baptiste Moretti, who spotted his growing talent. Finally, it is in Ajaccio after the war, that he will allow his skills to develop further, ending up with over 40.000 shots throughout his lifetime.

Toussaint Tomasi (1912-1967) his son, discovers his passion thro...

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The virtuous ‘Immortal’, releases promises

Immortelle 2 Ass Op di RutaliGrowing in the maquis, with a mysterious name which tends to fascinate. There are almost 500 varieties of the Immortal, of which the Corsican one, otherwise known under the scientific name of Helichrysum Italicum – discovered by Occitane, a decade ago. And yet, this beautiful flower exists since the beginning of time, and also possesses a particular link with time itself. Named ‘Immortal’ because of the ability of never wilting after harvest, this golden buttoned plant comes to flower in June and was very popular at the beginning of the XIX century, notably in Provence for creative bouquets...
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What’s the particularity of —-> CASTIRLA ?

Village, heart-to-heart : CASTIRLA

Castirla Loic photosInteresting little village, situated near Corti and on the doorstep of the Niolu region. As in many of the villages, a historical monument is present too, the San Michèle Chapel (classified since 1958). But what I find is an interesting particularity is the fact that during WW2, two of the first members undertaking a secret mission ‘Pearl Harbour’, and who were in charge of coordinating the Corsican resistance, went through the village and mountains in order to create a network in the region of Corti. This represented over 60km of travelling, going through the Valdoniello forest, and the Scala Santa Regina, crossing through Castirla until they finally arrived in Corte.

This municipality is very near the Corsican Regional Natural Park too...

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The oldest monument in Corsica …

ancien monument Patrimoniu di CorsicaDating back 2000 years, this column was begun by the Romans on the small, lost island of San Bainzo and was erected on November 11th, 1932 in commemoration of the children of Bonifacio, who had died for their country during the Great War. It is more than likely that this monument is the oldest in Corsica, as is indicated on the engraved inscriptions on a marble slab, sealed on the upper pedestal. It is an impressive granite column, coarsely cut, on a small island belonging to the Lavezzi archipelago – San Bainzo, very close to the large Cavallo island, with which it was probably connected to by a paved passage in the shallower part, today submerged, from the small inlet between the island “satellite” (‘l’isurotu‘) and from the mother island, Cavallo.

This column measures 9m in height, ...

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Botany: U Patellu (Daphne gnidium) – pretty, but fatal ..

U Patellu, Daphne gnidium, thymele or Holy Wood, is a shrub of the Thymelaeaceae family.Le Daphné Association di Rutali
Other Corsican names are: U lupatellu, u l’appatellu, u patazzu, u patillu (Bonifacio), l’agnidoru. ‘The beautiful poisoner’ is a shrub measuring 60cm, going up to 2m in height at times. Its very thin twigs are covered in sheets of short down at the top, and the evergreen leaves are of a dark almond green.
Blooming from March to October, the small fragrant white flowers are quite hairy around the calyx and group together in clusters at the bottom of the shoot. The fruit is fleshy, round and red – becoming black upon ripening. One can admire the flower and the fruit, at the same time. Pollination is of course, through insects.
This shrub is very fond of the ‘Trà aghje è pagliaghji’ track, especially a...
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