Monthly Archives September 2018

A few words on: The Chestnut Trail from Evisa to Aitone

 

This is a very pleasant and easy hike, count around 3h but you may wish to allow time for a picnic and swimming. A suitable outing for children too, the trail is marked with twelve informative and amusing signboards, about life within the chestnut grove villages. You’ll meet many animals that are free to roam around; pigs, cows, birds and sometimes even wild boars. The start of the trail is in the heart of the village of Evisa, just opposite the bar/restaurant ‘A Tramula’. The chestnut trail, which was a former transhumance path, will take you through the groves, bordered by some magnificent stone walls and pine forests, leading you to the waterfalls and natural pools of Aitone.

 

Source: Les Couleurs du Bout du Monde

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Choice of recipe: Corsican Vegetable Soup

There isn’t really a classic recipe for this type of soup, although you will find similar ones with basic choices. It’s a traditional recipe from the island, and following whatever family, friends and villagers had on hand, the soup could be made – vegetables, meat, pasta and rice remain the main ingredients.
It’s not difficult to prepare, and it remains a nutritious and tasty idea for the autumn and winter months ahead. So, keep it in mind.

Serves: 6

Ingredients:                                                                                  
– 2 onions
– 1 ripe tomato
– chard
– 2 leeks
– 2 carrots
– 1 celery stalk
– pancetta (bacon)
– 2 turnips
– 2 courgettes
– 5 or 6 potatoes
– 4oog red kidney) beans
– a handful of green beans
– basil
– salt/pepper

Preparation:
Fry some pancetta in ...

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Let’s visit ‘Piscia d’Ortola’ – one of our most beautiful waterfalls

Beautiful, isn’t it. The ‘Piscia d’Ortola’ waterfall can be reached from the village of Bastelica which is near Ese, this is around 1h walk with 385m of level difference. In distance, around 38k from Ajaccio, just to give you an idea. The round trip takes about 3h all in all, passing through mountainous and rustic countryside, leading to various sheep pens around this region.

This is really a lovely hike, at certain times through chestnut groves and the Volta irrigation canal, built in the XVIII century in order to divert part of the water to the village of Bastelica, a mountain village perched at around 800m.
This canal took its name from the river Volta, running into the Ortola waterfall, before flowing into the Prunelli river...

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Walnut as a medicinal plant

The walnut is both purgative and astringent.

Can be used for: rickets, bone diseases, dyspeptic, digestive atony, nausea, diabetes, diarrhea, leucorrhoea, angina and anemia.

External use:
Impetigo, abscesses, ulcers, wounds, frostbite, hair loss and conjunctivitis.
A decoction of 50g of walnut leaves for 1L of water, used as a lotion and compress.

Internal use:
A handful of walnut leaves per liter of water, allow to infuse for 10m, drink as much as you want.

 

Source: Corsica Guide ©

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A few words on: The role of wells through time

Water is life’s mater and matrix, mother and medium.
There is no life without water
Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

On my travels over the summer break I came across this stunning well, situated up north of the island in the very quaint village of Patrimonio, which triggered off a multitude of thoughts relating to the importance of water and wells throughout time.
More than likely you’ll agree if I say water is a natural element we take for granted most of the time, although recent (and less recent) observations and information from all over the world are altering our thoughts indefinitely in an ongoing and regular way, urging us to reflect and take action when necessary.
Let’s take the example where surface water is insufficient, wells in this case can supply a correct source of water for various ...

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