Category Heritage

Retrospective on: The ‘Quartier des Etrangers’ in Ajaccio

                                                   

What is generally known as the ‘Quartier des Etrangers’ in Ajaccio remains even today, one of the most attractive and esthetic parts of the town. With the following account, I propose a retrospective of the birth of this international district, as the historical story behind the creation is indeed generous with thought-provoking ideas.
We will be travelling back in time to the birth of tourism in Corsica. And, rightfully so, you may wonder why choose this particular district.
After Napoléon’s death, and for various reasons, authors and artists start coming to Corsica – Balzac, Flaubert and Mérimée come to mind immediately.
Mérimée was an inspector of historical monuments...

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The Imperial Gendarmerie of Vescovato

Situated at the entrance of the village, it’s the high tower that can immediately be spotted. Offering a fine and yet distant point of view from this location and its surroundings: houses, convent, main road of access below and roads/lanes leading to nearby villages, forests and rivers.
Nothing escapes its surveillance.
Since July 31st, 1801, this Gendarmerie has been composed of 26 legions – within which one can count 1750 brigades and 750 on foot. It holds a certain importance in this region. And, on November 17th, 1804, this Gendarmerie became ‘Imperial’, by decision of his majesty the Emperor Napoleon 1st. 
When you arrive at the town hall, you can’t miss seeing it and feeling impressed by the height of its summit, that keeps an eye on the plains. 
It’s a strategic site.
It remains ...

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Let’s learn a little more about the village of: PIGNA

Such a delightful village. 
Pigna dates back to around 816, built by Consalvo Romano – the name appears to stem from the Genoese period when it was a well off agricultural region, and signifies ‘wheat millstone’. 
Now, over the years Pigna has become a leader culture-wise. In 1964, the Corsicada association was created in order to bring life back to past trades, and promote the handmade crafts: sculpture, musical instruments, jewellery, potters, engravers. Musicians and craftsmen continue to transmit – also possessing its own music school and auditorium built between 1998-2000, open all year round and maintaining life in this village. This is what you would call a very quaint, traditional village in the Balagne area – around 76km from Ajaccio, and 46km from Bastia.
However, if you are in...

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The stirring legend of: L’Agula ‘The Eagle’

That morning Simonè got up a little earlier than usually.

Everybody was still sleeping. His steps made the wooden staircase creak as he slowly descended. The fine smell of coffee he was preparing near the fireplace soothed his anguish a little, but did not free him from the indefinable pain that tormented him.
He slowly turned the key in the lock. Outside, day was breaking on one of those last chilly autumn mornings announcing the coming winter. On the weaving dirt road under the chestnut trees, Simonè allowed his steps to guide him.

Behind him, the village had now disappeared. The fragrance from the maquis was a nostalgic reminder, as all his islands scents were awakening whilst the first rays of sunlight pierced through the branches of trees, like gaunt silhouettes. 

After having take...

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Let’s continue our Corsican proverbs for you to discover

                                                      

 

   A chi un arrisica, un arruzzica
– Nothing ventured, nothing gained

A lingua ossu un hà e ossu tronca
– The tongue is boneless, but can break bones

A strada bedda un hè mai longa
– A clear path never seems long
 
 A chi l’attempa a perdi
– He who difers, ends up losing

L’amori hè cecu
– Love is blind

U mondu hè fattu à scala, a chi codda e à chi fala
– The world is like a ladder, some go up and others come down

 

Photo: Omigna Let’s Talk About Corsica © 

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