A very pleasant and uplifting session with: Artist Fabrice Martinez

Refreshing and convivial moments spent with self-taught artist Fabrice Martinez recently, a quiet spoken person who does not search to be propelled into the limelight whatsoever, but radiates through his passion, displaying wellbeing and equilibrium. A family man, who paints at home and not at all in silence, life can continue around him without upsetting his artistic flow – he took the trouble to stress this fact with me with a broad smile, also mentioning he doesn’t have any particular choice of time of day or night to paint. From Ajaccio, he spent five years in Aix-en-Provence at the Faculté d’Arts Plastiques. Since he was eight years of age, Fabrice has been creating; this would be connected to the fact that he used to offer workshops for children in the past...

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A few words on: The Church of the Sacred Heart in Ajaccio

The first stone of this historical monument was laid in 1924, by Monseigneur Simeone, and the official consecration followed on June 7th,1929 with Monseigneur Rodié – being the feast day of the Sacred Heart. Of neo-Byzantine appearance, decorative and tasteful, it was built in tribute to those who had died during the Great War.

Inside, simplicity of decoration can be observed, stained glass windows standing out, a creation by Valentine Reyree. A guest book can be consulted, where one can read the names of the 351 Ajaccians who had died for their country.

Image: Let’s Talk About Corsica

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Enter the world of: Renaud Imbert – Leather Craftsman and Cobbler

Quality never goes out of style‘ 

This is the phrase which can be discovered on Renaud Imbert’s professional business card. For around thirty years, this leather craftsman has been devoted to his passion, also becoming a cobbler, which he has been practising for twenty years now – having worked with many distinguished marks, notably Hermès. Oddly enough, there are no particular studies required to become a cobbler, and there obviously appears to be a revival of the profession these days – he doesn’t agree with what has been said, that it had become ‘a lost art’. Renaud Imbert considers himself a craftsman first, and less an artist...

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Marie Emilie Réallon: Nurse during WW1 for the Corsican soldiers

Marie Emilie Réallon was a Parisian nurse who cared for the Corsican soldiers during WW1. In 1914, her husband, a philosophy professor in Corte accidentally died in the Restonica.

When WW1 broke out, she decided to devote herself to the Corsican soldiers who were wounded on the battlefields, and this was by way of a reward for the population of Corte, thanking them for the comfort brought to her following the death of her husband. During the many years of conflict she brought help to the Cyrnos children, visiting them in the hospitals. She also held a chronicle in the Petit Bastiais, as well as other newspapers from the island, giving information on the Corsican soldiers that were wounded in combat and spread about in several health care facilities in Paris.

Marie Emilie Réal...

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The Old Mines and Lake of Argentella

Situated at 23km from Calvi and 14km from Galeria, they can be reached by the coast. At the foot of Capu di Argentella (813m above sea level) the mining galleries can be observed and are around a forty minute walk away from the buildings. 

These mines go back to the 19th century, and have not really been exploited since 1910. The buildings belonging to the old factory and the open-air galleries are today in a state of dilapidation. One can find traces of mining activity dating from 1572, when a silver mine was opened by the Genoese. Applications for concessions were made in 1847, but it was not until 1870 that major works were carried out, with developed activity of the mine. Buildings were built, along with a dam in Crovani Bay, and the Julia Port was completed...

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