Category Culture

A few words on: Totila, King of the Goths in Corsica

Totila was a Ostrogoth prince elected king in 541, replacing Vitigès.
In 551, he armed a fleet which was put under the direction of Indulf, a Byzantine deserter, and seized Corsica.
The Corsicans, who had been offended by the rapacity and corruption of the Greek imperialists, joyfully received the Totila’s Goths.
For Justinien, this was just too much.
He sent his General Narsès to Italy with an army composed largely of potential mercenaries ‘barbarians’ – Huns, Lombards, Gepids and Herules.

A decisive battle took place near Pavie, in 552

It’s was a painful defeat for the Ostrogoths and Totila was mortally wounded after the battle by a young Gepid, named Asbad.
For another three years they continued to resist, under the command of a new leader Teja...

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Interior Corsica – a world to discover

This interesting little map highlights three neighbouring valleys which are near Ajaccio:

Prunelli, Gravona and Cruzini. These valleys defend and value their local production, respecting their strong identity and the desire to make it known and appreciated. I Tre Vaddi is a group of producers, farmers, artisans, cultural actors and outdoor activities etc., maintaining seriousness and a level of demand that has caught the attention of partner institutions. They participate in making an island of traditions a land of projects. Ancestral links have led men and women to unite behind the appellation of terroir.
These products include: delicatessen, chestnut flout, cheese + brocciu, fruit + vegetables, rural gites, essential oils, honey, pottery, chocolate + biscuits, B+B and cultural activities...

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Spending time with author/essayist: Thierry Ottaviani

Style ought to prove that one believes in an idea; not only that one thinks it, but also feels it‘ – Nietzsche’s statement couldn’t ring more loudly nor more clearly then at that moment when one meets an author who has in truth granted time, energy and sincerity towards the insight and comprehension of a chosen reflection.
In turn, this will be an important part of my encounter with Thierry Ottaviani recently in Ajaccio – but for now, let us reach out to the person himself, and hear what he has to say.

Originally from St Pierre de Venaco, having lived in Corsica up to six years of age, these days Thierry Ottaviani resides in Paris most of the time, returning to Corsica during the year when he can manage to do so.
I was interested to learn how he became a writer.
Having completed literary ...

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Learning more about the village of: Villanova

A very quaint little village, just outside of Ajaccio, with narrow roads colourfully lined with neat and singular houses (very often flowered), greeting you as you make your way through the winding streets.
Over the XI century, and more recently during the 80’s, dozens of gold coins from the Roman period would have been found, on the Villanova banks of the Gulf of Lava – the famous Lava treasure.
Furthermore, and according to legend, during the XIV century Bianca Maria (widow of the Lord of Lisa) and refugees from Lisa, would have first founded the village around a spring ‘murgana’, which is the actual village fountain there today.
Occupied by the Italians in 1942, a resistance network develops. On two occasions, the Casabianca submarine will secretly land on the shores.
Earlier in history...

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‘Flashes of Life’ suite, with artist Pierre Farel

It’s actually hard to believe that five years had gone by since my first article with Pierre Farel and his colourful creative world, and I was delighted to meet up in view of sharing all his news with you, once again. 

Flashes of Life‘ remains the central theme, this has not altered. Pierre still travels regularly, at least once a month, and has had several exhibitions including Paris, Beirut, USA .. all remaining within his usual circuit, with which he is quite accustomed to by now. He adds, London is a city he would like to return to in order to expose, some time in the near future.

Now for all the news, and news there certainly is 
During the month of May, he was very pleased to celebrate his thirty years of painting...

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