Monthly Archives November 2015

Dominique Andreotti ‘Minicale’ – poet

Dominique Andreotti, otherwise known as ‘Minicale’ was born on November 13th, 1868 (died 1963), son of Pierre-Antoine Andreotti and Marie-Angèle Ceccaldi. Poète

Following the death of his mother when he was very young, and of his father when he was nine years of age, he was taken care of by a close friend of the family named Matteu Ceccaldi, called ‘Curpittone’ who raised him like his own child.

Matteu Ceccaldi was a shepherd, and young Dominique always accompanied him to the mountains, singing. His youth was cradled with songs and spontaneous poetry – everything was a pretext for improvisations; the sight of a bird, a flowing river, a smell, a neighbouring quarrel or simply some news...

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Notable words from Pasquale Paoli

10929001_815476321842104_9172333308253858501_nThere is only one evil in the world, ignorance.
The uneducated man in the way of society, is weak or fierce, degraded, unable to discern good from evil, the truth from error, virtue from vice – and if he is not a victim of his own passions, he is used as an instrument for the passions and whims of others. With education, young people understand, that in their country, they have rights to practice – they also have their duty to fulfill.’

Photo credit: STORIA DI CORSICA / Histoire de Corse
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What you need to know about: CALVI

Aerocorsica CalviArchaeological excavations have shown that the site was occupied from the Neolithic period (5000 – 2500BC), the principal remains were found along the coast and in the inland regions.

In the course of the IV century, barbarian invasions destroyed a small village protected by a rock, named Calvi. We have to wait until this area is under the administration of Pisa, in order for matters to be finally worked out.

In the XIII century, during a battle between the Lords arguing over the headland, the Lord of Nebbiu took refuge on the rock for protection, and this is where the first fortifications emerge after this battle.

Unfortunately, between 1245 – 1272 many blood-baths and barbaric acts follow one another – the natives of Calvi were frightened and outraged, and in 1278 they ask for prot...

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What (else) does November 11th represent in Corsica ?

Paroisses Casinca Saint Martin via VescovatuA cultural event is held annually on November 11th celebrating Saint Martin, the patron saint of winemakers and grape pickers – and also the feast of abundance. Processions take place around the island (here, our image is from Vescovatu), and blessings of the new wine also take place i.e. Patrimoniu. It’s cultural and identity too. ‘U Rosumarinu’ (rosemary) is also flowering this time of year, this was used to make a ‘sfuma’ – branches were placed on smouldering remains, allowing the fragrance to spread throughout the house. Our brotherhoods celebrate religious services, notably one thinks of the Cunfraternita San Martinu.

In this respect, I have joined a link for those who would like to read more about this Cunfraternita :

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Seasonal Chestnut Soup : tasty and ideal for everyone

soup Corsica GuideMaking the most of chestnuts while they are around – let’s try a chestnut soup for a nice change this w/end, it’ll surprise your family/guests/friends too.

Bon appetitu !

Serves 4


– 3 celery stalks

– 1 onion

– 500g dried chestnuts

(or fresh, if you can find them)

– 2L chicken stock

– 180g fresh cream


If using dried chestnuts, first rehydrate overnight in warm water. Cut celery and onion and sizzle in a pan. Add the chestnuts + chicken stock, allow to cook for 1h. Mix the soup and add the cream before serving.

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