Monthly Archives April 2019

The Old Mines and Lake of Argentella

Situated at 23km from Calvi and 14km from Galeria, they can be reached by the coast. At the foot of Capu di Argentella (813m above sea level) the mining galleries can be observed and are around a forty minute walk away from the buildings. 


These mines go back to the 19th century, and have not really been exploited since 1910. The buildings belonging to the old factory and the open-air galleries are today in a state of dilapidation. One can find traces of mining activity dating from 1572, when a silver mine was opened by the Genoese. Applications for concessions were made in 1847, but it was not until 1870 that major works were carried out, with developed activity of the mine. Buildings were built, along with a dam in Crovani Bay, and the Julia Port was completed...

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‘U Sapone’ the benefits of: Soapwort as a medicinal plant

There’s such a wide range of medicinal plants, and Soapwort can also be added to your collection. A vigorous, low creeping plant usually found on slopes or rocks, bathing in the sun. It can be used for skin diseases (itching), rheumatisms and liver failure. It’s a good purgative as well as a diuretic, a diaphoretic and a remarkable vermifuge. Soapwort is also expectorant, sudorific and tonic. 


Instructions for utilisation as a decoction:

5 to 15g / litre of water allow to the boil for ten minutes- drink two cups per day, or use as a compress for skin care (eczema, urticaria, ache, herpes and scabs)It can also be used to make a very soft anti-dandruff shampoo:- mix 60g of flowers, leaves or chopped roots with 1L of water – bring to the boil, simmer and remove from the heat when...

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A few words on: Maria De Peretti Della Rocca

Born in Conca, near Porto-Vecchio, on December 30th, 1902 – Maria de Peretti Della Rocca died in Ravensbrück on March 15th, 1945. Both of her parents were teachers of the Third Republic. After her primary schooling in Conca, she went to Ajaccio for her secondary studies and then on to Paris to study medicine. And it is in Paris she will practice her vocation with the poor, who do not have the necessary resources to be taken care of. As soon as France became occupied, Maria de Peretti enters into resistance. She is recruited by the Marco Polo network, created under orders from London (BCRA = Secret Services of Free France). Victim of a denunciation, she is arrested and interrogated by the Milice and the Gestapo...

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