Category Culture

Miss Campbell’s role in bringing the English to Ajaccio

Anglican Church AjaccioIt was after having discovered the Côte d’Azur during the XIX century, that the British landed in Ajaccio in 1860. Miss Thomasina Mary-Ann-Elisa Campbell, a rich rentier, had been living in Moniack Castle in Scotland until 1867 – she visited Corsica from north to south and of course, fell in love with the island, and decided she was going to live here.
In 1868, she settled in the ‘Hotel de France’ in Ajaccio. Her next move was to start writing about the island: ‘Notes on the island of Corsica’ – dedicated to those in search of good health and pleasure, which she had printed by Pompéani. Thus, it was thanks to her and the widespread propaganda concerning her notes, that the English were to discover the island.
In 1873, she bought land very near the ‘Casone’, and had a sumptuous dwelli...
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A few words on: The Naval Battle in Sagone

Two brothers, Robert and Daniel Havell (who were known as talented landscapers), evoke with such accuracy the Gulf of Sagone, that one would have thought they were working with eye witnesses. Immobilised by lack of wind, three English ships leave to attack with audacity: two heavy frigates are towed by rowboats, and sailors activate the long oars through the portholes. At the end of the bay, two French frigates – the Giraffe and the Nanny, are mooring along with an armed merchant ship.

Now, just what protection can they expect from guns installed from the beach’s old defences, and troops upon the heights deprived of the benefits of their dominant position with insufficient artillery ? Don’t they know that Captain Barrie controls Pomona ?
Near the shore, do the French fear less being mad...
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The Legend of: The Roccapina Lion

Roccapina Regis SapinIn the area of Roccapina, between Sartène and Bonifacio, a lion with a majestic mane can be observed – lying down on a rock overlooking the sea, contemplating the sandy beach before his eyes. On top of his head, almost like a crown, one can distinguish the ruins of an ancient Genoese tower. Legend tells us, that at the time of the Saracens this spectacular site belonged to a rich and powerful lord. One day, while he was out hunting he met a beautiful young woman, and of course fell hopelessly in love with her. But he couldn’t marry her because of his rank. He was filled with so much sorrow, he called upon death to take him – his call was heard, and he was turned to stone immediately under the appearance of a lion, immobilised for eternity.

Source: Corsica Mea
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A few words on: BUSTANICO

Located around 20m from Corti, and in the heart of the Corsican mountains. In fact, it’s on the edge of the Castagniccia (chestnut) forest, within which the oldest chestnut trees belonging to this region can be found in this district. The terrain is steep, mainly because the village is located at the junction between granitic and schistose Corsica – one leaving room for gaunt landscape, whilst the other leads to dense forest. This village holds a major importance for the island’s history; the setting and the triggering off of the Corsican uprising in 1729. Then fifty years later, the sale of the island to the French, by the Genoese. A ‘cradle’ for the war, which led to the Proclamation of Independence, led by Pasquale Paoli...

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Project B : joining forces to promote culture

Music bb du cFrom all horizons, culture has much to do with how we deal with life itself ‘the arts elevated to a set of beliefs’, as Wolfe so specifically once stated. Therefore, when people join forces believing in a feasible project, the pure essence of motivation and mutual encouragement weave and bind, often working their way through multiple difficulties.
Project B
This is the formation of an ‘area’ reserved to culture; naming music, art, theatre etc., wherein those interested will be able to express their passion to the fullest degree.
And, as it is presently in the state of germination, the public is invited to attend a meeting on April 21st, at the Bistrot du Cours in the centre of Ajaccio, whereupon everybody will be welcomed to contribute with ideas, wishes, suggestions and so forth – a...
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