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Why Choose Corsica ? – Top Ten Answers

(random order)

1) DIVERSITY : Most definitely, the diversity of this island is an essential point and ‘key’ word, with a large category of reference; i.e: you can be lying on the beach and staring up at the nearby mountains; now, are there many places where you can do that ? Discover endemic species, insularity favouring many indeed. Real seasons can be witnessed ! shades, flavours and environment react fully to each. Fairs can be enjoyed throughout the year, where a large choice awaits you, depending on the moment you choose, naturally. Festivals running all through the summer months, and quite a variety (refer to my articles in the Festivals/Events category, for further info).

2) GO ON A WINE TRAIL : The island offers choice wines, which are renowned and exported, with over 40 ...

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Boswell relates a conversation with Pascal Paoli

Pasquale Paoli Historia di Corsica(1)

I spoke to him about the alliance plan between Corsica and England. Paoli redirected this subject with refined politeness and dignity, answering: ‘less we rely on allies, greater will be our glory.’ ‘We may,’ he said, ‘have foreign powers as friends, provided that the distance is reasonable. We can build alliances, but we do not wish to be subject to any European nation, no matter whom it may concern. These people, who have achieved so much for their freedom, would prefer to be cut into pieces, man by man up to the very last, rather than see Corsica merge with some other countries land. Some years ago, false rumours spread, saying that I was going to cede Corsica to the emperor. At that point, a Corsican came to me with great emotion...

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When Flaubert narrates, words come to life; his arrival in Sagone

1779178_273650486125207_1815074255_nSagone B Luciani

‘It was then noon, as we skirted the edge of the sea following the path to the ancient city of Sagone. She was calm, with the sun giving it a lit azure appearance, becoming even clearer, with rays all around the rocks; flower-like diamond rings, and they shone brighter and more sparkling than the stars. The sea held a scent sweeter than the roses, we inhaled with delight, aspiring to the sun, the breeze, the view of the horizon, and the smell of myrtle – because these were happy days when the soul was open to the sun, the voyage and that supreme beauty within her fragrant flowers.

Imagine an orange cut in the middle, this is Corsica...

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Nietzsche’s longing to come to Corsica, but more specifically to Corte ..

Villages de Corse CORTE

‘The value of a thing sometimes does not lie in that which one attains by it, but in what one pays for it – what it costs ..’

This discovery left me stupefied and very responsive to the fact that the literate, tormented, brilliant and so ‘aware’ German philosopher Nietzsche would have desired to reside in the town of Corte, here in Corsica. Why not ?, you may say.  The fact is, he had a strong admiration for Pascal Paoli, whom he considered the most accomplished man of his century; Corsica being a place where potent concepts took place. It makes sense now, doesn’t it – the pieces of the puzzle slowly fall into place in many ways; his unique way of reflecting, his disgust with Europe at that particular moment, and his longing for authentic fortitude/morals.

The prominent and audacious ...

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Top Six: choice of books on Corsica

An_Account_of_Corsica WikipediaAlthough there may be others, just six for starters – historical, personal, cultural/traditional and natural – and I’ve updated with new information for you.

– random order



An Account of Corsica by James Boswell (published by Oxford University Press in 2006, edited by James T. Boulton and T. O. McLoughlin – first published in 1768)

Corsica by Dana Facaros (2001)

Granite Island, Portrait of Corsica by Dorothy Carrington (1971+1984)

GR20 The Corsican High Level Route by Paddy Dillon (2001)

Corsica by The Lonely Planet (5th edition, 2010)


– Edward Lear’s Journal of a Landscape Painter in Corsica – published in 1870 after his ten week visit in 1868


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