Extract from: La Corse des écrivains, by Thierry Ottaviani

As we move towards the tip of the Cap Corse, we arrive at Rogliano. The village is located in the mountains. The perched ‘castelli’ (castles) are now in ruin, and are the last medieval vestiges of the great dynasties of the great lords. We discover a magnificent view of the island of Capraia, and with high-visibility even Elbe. 
The academician René Bazin appreciated Rogliano and said ‘If you ever go to Corsica, and plan to spend a season there, remember the name of Rogliano’ – in 1913 in his North-South, America, England, Corsica, Spitzbergen. He continues: ‘I write this with regret, because beautiful sites do not deserve to be known, but the truth is stronger...

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An invitation to the colourful world of Frédéric Picciau

It is said, that colours speak all languages. Maybe this is what I first perceived when viewing Fred’s creative works – a fanfare of vivid, animated and glowing tones. One remarks his general use of featureless individuals, thus allowing the public to use their imagination, and attach a form that may suggest a more personal signification.

Fred is a self-taught artist, who spent his childhood sketching, and more specifically, sketching poetry. One day, he decided he wanted to paint, and asked his mother to bring him to buy paints – she thought he was going through one of his changeable phases and reacted as such by saying: ‘that’s all we need now, for you to start painting!’ – and, even today, these memories remain his fondest.
 
It was from 2000 onwards, painting was to become a regular oc...

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Types of bats that can be found in Corsica

 

Some twenty-two species live in Corsica, believe it or not. And, this island shelters a third of the national numbers, which is the most important within the Western Mediterranean basin with this particular characteristic.
Among the species present here, is the smallest in Europe: the Common Pipistrelle, but, also the largest and rarest: the Great Noctule !
Corsica is also the only region around France where one can meet the Maghreb Murin, a cave dwelling species.

To be noted: the reproduction rate is very low; with just one baby per year and per female. If you are interested in bats, here is a site that could very well interest you: http://chauvesouriscorse.fr/

 

Source:
Patrimoniu di Corsica ©

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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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For a change: A Choice of Corsican Proverbs

 

 

A strada bedda un hè mai longa
– A clear path never seems long

A capù in ghio falanù ancù i botti
– Downhill, even the barrels roll

A donà sa duvè u diavolù mette a coda
– A woman knows the tricks of the devil

A barca di centu padroni piglia fondu
– The boat of a hundred captains, sinks

A chi combatte cu i zoppi diventa zoppu è rangu
– Who associates with the shaky – become so
A chi stanta, a chi ruzziga
– Some hoard, others waste

 

Photo: Let’s talk about Corsica Girolata ©

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