Category Culture

The continual charm and attraction of Erbalunga

This charming and sought after village can be found up north, at around ten kilometres from Bastia, and can be considered another beautiful example of what the ‘Cap Corse’ can offer. Particularly visited over the summer months, and maintaining a preserved and authentic village character. One notices the small, quaint streets with old stone houses, and it is known to be one of the most attractive villages not only of the island, but also of the Mediterranean itself. 

The spectacular ruins of a Genoese tower built during the XVI century at the entrance of the port remain a highlight, this tower was classified as a historical monument in 1995. 
Many photographers have chosen the port for its wondrous and wild beauty throughout the seasons, tones and shades enlightening and inspiring...

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Extract from: La Corse des écrivains, by Thierry Ottaviani

As we move towards the tip of the Cap Corse, we arrive at Rogliano. The village is located in the mountains. The perched ‘castelli’ (castles) are now in ruin, and are the last medieval vestiges of the great dynasties of the great lords. We discover a magnificent view of the island of Capraia, and with high-visibility even Elbe. 
The academician René Bazin appreciated Rogliano and said ‘If you ever go to Corsica, and plan to spend a season there, remember the name of Rogliano’ – in 1913 in his North-South, America, England, Corsica, Spitzbergen. He continues: ‘I write this with regret, because beautiful sites do not deserve to be known, but the truth is stronger...

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An invitation to the colourful world of Frédéric Picciau

It is said, that colours speak all languages. Maybe this is what I first perceived when viewing Fred’s creative works – a fanfare of vivid, animated and glowing tones. One remarks his general use of featureless individuals, thus allowing the public to use their imagination, and attach a form that may suggest a more personal signification.

Fred is a self-taught artist, who spent his childhood sketching, and more specifically, sketching poetry. One day, he decided he wanted to paint, and asked his mother to bring him to buy paints – she thought he was going through one of his changeable phases and reacted as such by saying: ‘that’s all we need now, for you to start painting!’ – and, even today, these memories remain his fondest.
 
It was from 2000 onwards, painting was to become a regular oc...

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A moment in the life of Bastia’s society: Racecourse in Bastia towards 1900

Now, here we have an ‘unreleased’ cliché of the racecourse in Bastia (towards 1900).

                                                             

The races took place on the way out of the town of Bastia, at the Campometta-Terra-Nova racecourse, and where the ladies of Bastia’s ‘high society’ could display their fashionable garments. Sumptuous outfits – including hats and boa umbrellas, would walk around with leisure. It was the Count of Béarn, (and husband of the daughter of Count Valery, friend of Tito de Caraffa), who founded the racing society in Bastia in 1900. A part from the obvious aesthetic qualities and natural composition, this image proposes a moment in the life of Bastia’s society...

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Canadair: over the summer, our water bombers are a frequent sight

In Corsica, we have a certain number of water bombers that look after us, doing their utmost to secure the population and territory – and always at the risk of their own lives; for this remains a very dangerous ordeal – regardless of the length of time of exercise carried out by experienced pilots.
Regularly called upon, they travel the island relentlessly and intervene as quickly as possible.

Fires can be extremely destructive on this island, and how precautions and foresight are absolutely necessary on a constant basis. However, given the efforts and means employed, we still undergo regular settings on fire. It must be understood, the slightest spark is fatal during the summer months...

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