Category Culture

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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A few words on: ‘Tragulinu’ and ‘Bancarotta’

The ‘tragulinu’ used to sell various types of food products and numerous objects: sieves, shovels, bellows, pipes, bells. One could hear him arriving from afar, announcing his arrival with the jingle of bells. And, there was always something found to buy, whilst he praised the quality of his products.
 
His goods fired the imagination of both young and elder. And then, there was also the ‘bancarottu’, who carried a small crate within which one could discover the haberdashery –  “Aio ! straglieri, cinque per un soldu ! achi, fili, ditali, rampile, acaroli ! ” He would open his rectangular box, filled with treasures and wrapped in cloth. All the women, children and youngsters would rush up – there were so many hidden treasures in this box.
 
Thread, needles, ribbons, mirrors, penknives, co...
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What’s the particularity of —> ZONZA ?

Here, we are entering the heart of the Alta Rocca region. Zonza, is yet another one of our perched villages, at 750m above sea level.

Old granite houses built on blocks of rock will charm you undoubtedly, dominating the Asinao valley and in the middle of chestnut, pine and Holm oaks.
An interesting detail that holds its weight, Zonza has the highest hippodrome in Europe, with horse racing during the summer.                                                                          
                                                                       
 
If you’re wondering what the nearest beaches may be, Sainte-Lucie de Porto-Vecchio and Pinarello would be choices you’d certainly take pleasure in visiting – some of the most beautiful beaches on the island are around here.
You can also vi...
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Dorothy Carrington ‘Lady Rose’ – Corsican in her heart

Born on June 6th, 1910 in North Cerney near Cirencester, Gloucestershire. Her family was dedicated to the Crown, and the profession of arms, and her grandfather was an eminent botanist belonging to the first scientific expedition to Tibet.
At the age of ten she became an orphan, after the disappearance of her father Sir Frederic Carrington in 1913, and her mother Susanna, in 1920. Also a General, her father had participated in African campaigns, which would result in the creation of the British Colony of Rhodesia.
 
In accordance with her mother’s testamentary wishes, she was sent to a girls boarding school, which also enabled her to free herself from the demanding tutelage of her uncles and aunts.
In 1928, she was admitted to the University of Oxford (Lady Margaret Hall), and out of the t...
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