Category Culture

The Eastern Coast – extract: La Corse des écrivains by Thierry Ottaviani

Stretching from the southern tip of Corsica to Bastia, the eastern coast is much less winding and mountainous than the western side of the island. ‘This immense plain which forms the whole eastern coast’, writes Gustave Flaubert ‘is uncultivated for the greater part – covered here and there with a maquis whose tuft of greenery appears from afar, in the middle of this white earth’. 

Things have changed since the XIX century.
The eastern plain, far from being sterile, is now an intensive agricultural production area that exports wines, vegetables and fruits – including the famous Corsican tangerines.

Starting from the southern point towards the north, we reach Porto-Vecchio – ‘the old port’ in Corsican. This town on the east coast was founded by the Syracusans...

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A story illustrating an ancestral custom – ‘A Chjamata’

There is in Corsica, an ancestral custom which perfectly denotes the sense of honour, duty and morality of the inhabitants of the island.
When the head of a family dies, the objective of ‘a chjamata’ is to reunite all the men of the village, during a work period. This happens on a Sunday, and the villagers carry out in one day, what the deceased would have taken several weeks to do. This event, continues until the children’s majority, and often even well beyond.

Carbuccia 1913.
Barbarella had unfortunately resorted to this gesture of righteousness and generosity. Her dear husband died within a few hours, victim of a hernia, leaving their family and whose youngest boy, was only ten years of age. The child was called Jules-Baptiste...

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Enter the heart of the Niolu, and discover Calasima

We’re visiting the heart of the Niolu region (north-west), and more specifically: Calasima. This village is known to be the highest one in terms of habitation apparently on the island, at 1095m. It offers magnificent views, one in particular is of the Paglia Orba peak (2525m). In many ways, this little village has been able to remain as it was in the past, and protect itself from needless overdevelopment.

As you have already read and learnt, this region is the land of farming and shepherds, and where local products such as goat cheese, charcuterie and chestnut flour is very much in demand...

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Spotlight on: Jean-Philippe Ricci – International Actor

The cinema is an unquestionable passion we thrive upon, nourishing our sensitivity, quenching our longing to be transported to existing or hypothetical surroundings, and our desire to comprehend the inconceivable and mysterious – pieces of a puzzle we do our best to struggle with at times, in order to fully extract the intended implications. Emotions take us by the hand, and also lead us astray. Without fail, my mind automatically drifts to Fellini’s words when I reflect on the cinema in general – ‘There is no end, there is no beginning, there is only the infinite passion of life‘ – and life as we know, can be so overwhelming; overpowering and generous with surprises, developments, and the unexpected.

Meeting Jean-Philippe Ricci offered an opportunity to share and exchange some of these im...

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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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