Monthly Archives October 2014

A choice of Corsican proverbs coming your way …


A strada bedda un hè mai longa
– A clear path never seems long

A capù in ghio falanù ancù i botti
– Downhill, even the barrels roll

A donà sa duvè u diavolù mette a coda
– A woman knows the tricks of the devil

A barca di centu padroni piglia fondu
– The boat of a hundred captains, sinks

A chi combatte cu i zoppi diventa zoppu è rangu
– Who associates with the shaky – become so

A chi stanta, a chi ruzziga
– Some hoard, others waste

Photo credit : A Muvrella Randonnées Copyright ©

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‘I Mistieri’ – Professions/Trades, both popular and bygone

les métiers C & L CorseBefore progress made its’ way to remote villages in the mountains, peddlers who ran their goods using donkeys/mules, were essential to the everyday survival of community life. It’s thanks to the ‘artigianu’ (craftsmen) that many villages acquired and cultivated their fame. The most well off and populous region of Corsica, the ‘Castagniccia’, was the most representative as regards these professions, nowadays disappeared.

Orezza, highly populated and renowned for its’ water, had many artisans; the ‘mulateri‘ (mule-drivers) were known all over the region. Their help was requested for the transport of wood, coal, and iron ore that was extracted from Campana etc., they also delighted those experiencing hydrotherapy.

Valle d’Orezza had no less than ten ‘pipaghji‘ (pipe-makers)...

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Botany: ‘Vicia Sativa’ from Rutali

operation di Rutali Vicia SativaBelonging to the Fabaceae family, and also considered a weed; otherwise known as ‘the common vetch’. Height goes from 15-70cm, with a flexible stem, high-necked and hairy.

The flower is a purple-red, irregular Corolla; 10-30mm in length. There are five petals: one is raised like a flag, the two side ones like wings, and the two lower ones somewhat like a hull. The general structure of the Corolla, reminds us of a butterfly. The calyx has five lobes. Ten stamens, with filaments at the base stuck together. There’s just a unique carpel. Inflorescence: raceme without stem, 1-2 flowers.

The leaves are expressed in series, with short sessile petioles, and the stipules have serrated edges and black marks.

The fruit is composed of a 25-70mm pod, hairy-hairless, brown/yellow to black, and some...

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What’s the particularity of —–> LIVIA (Levie) ?

Village, heart-to-heart in just a few words: LIVIA
 Livia Anglie Photos
For one thing, it’s the capital of the Alta Rocca region (south of Corsica, ending up around Mount Incudine: 2134m above sea level), and only 29km from the very quaint village of Sartène – also belonging to the Regional Natural Park of Corsica, which I remind you covers almost 40% of the island.

Now, for those interested in history/archaeology, a prehistoric and medieval museum can be explored, within which collections of excavations found on this territory will certainly interest you, so, allow yourselves sufficient time when visiting this area.

A must see too: Cucuruzzu, of which I wrote some time ago, where the temporal length of existence appears on pause, drifting back to the Bronze Age/Middle Ages – to continue on to th...

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The Story of the ‘Venus of Campu Fiurellu’

Venus (Patrimoniu di Corsica)On the land belonging to the town of A Grossa (south of Corsica), one can find just below the village, the VaccilVecchio menhir. Situated just 2km from Grossa, direction Sartène, the archaeological site of AloBisucce can be detected, dating back to the Bronze Age (between 1300/1500BC). Discovered between 1963/65, and managed by Roger Grosjean, archaeologist, who had studied both the Filitosa and Cucuruzzu sites. Composed of a tower, that has fallen to pieces, shacks delimited by walls and a larger wall partially conserved, surrounding everything. Two fragments of statue menhir were also discovered on this site. In the centre which is of circular shape of 3,4m in diameter, traces of burnt clay slabs were found. AloBisucce represents one of the rare examples of this presence in Cors...
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