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Railways in Corsica – useful information

Useful information this time for those of you who would like to use our railways
(also remembering that it’s a wonderful way to sightsee).

The Y-shaped railway network in Corsica measures 232km and links the port cities of Bastia and Ajaccio – 158km. From Ponte-Leccia, a road leads to Calvi – 74km. Now, the most adventurous stretch would be between Corte and Bocognano !

longest tunnel : Vizzavona – measuring 3.916km and is straight
longest viaduct : Vecchio – built by Gustave Eiffel and measuring 140m, with a height of 94m

Also to be noted :         
– 36 tunnels
– 14 galleries
– 38 bridges and viaducts

Length of travel in time (approximatively) :

– Bastia – Corte-Ajaccio  =  3 1/2h
– Bastia – Calvi                =  3h
– Ajaccio – Calvi              =  4-5h
– Bastia – Casamozza    ...

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And the moon was born ..

Old legends tell us that one day, the goddess of dreams cried with happiness.
A tear dropped from her velvet eyes, and was carried away by the angel creators.

To make a jewel, these makers of the universe sculpted a pearl and the moon was born. And, every evening on the neighboring land, the divine glow of graceful beauty stretches out. Kneeling and humble, I raised my eyes. An intense moment of total adoration. I prayed, lifting my soul to the heavens.

The world reveals itself with a pale light, moon magic – my beloved Muse, my most faithful friend and ally.

 

 

By: Thierry Lorho
Photo: NTD Life

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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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‘Just how far is …’ maybe this little map will answer some of your questions !

An interesting little map for you, this time dealing with ‘time travel’ – quite often, many of you wonder how long it actually takes to get from one town to another, north to south and east to west. These are indications, taking into account that during the height of the season, you would more than likely need to add some extra time here and there, in order to manage a more accurate estimation. The island is small, but travel can take up more time than expected – keep it in mind.                                                                          

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Impressions: A Corsican recently visiting Ireland !

It is not every day that you meet a Corsican who has just returned from spending a short stay in Ireland, and I was naturally very interested in finding out exactly what her thoughts were as regards to my native Emerald Isle.

May I introduce Stephanie. She also runs a page ‘Trésors de Corse’ on Facebook and on Instagram – displaying the natural beauty of the island, with her chosen personal images, from her travels around the island.  
Now, brushing up on English can be a time-consuming process, and the best way is (by far) choosing to spend time in an English speaking country. 

So, why choose Ireland ?  Culture, heritage and identity are more than ever shared between the two islands. 

A definite and constant visible/invisible bond links the two islands, a natural attraction in other word...

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