Introducing two prominent characters: Napoleon and Pascal Paoli

If we were to choose the two major representatives of Corsican history

Napoleon  Pascal-PaoliThe choice would undoubtedly lean towards Napoléon Bonaparte and Pascal Paoli. Both admiration and rivalry bore within the two parties. During his youth, Napoleon greatly admired his elder Paoli, who appeared quite indifferent and at times quite cold towards him. It would appear, a certain rivalry existed between the families, along with their divergency of ideas concerning Corsica. Finally exiled to St Helena, an island in the middle of the South Atlantic, Napoleon remained there until his death in 1821. With regards to Pascal Paoli, when the island was re-occupied by France he went into exile in Britain where he died in 1807...

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Revealing certain aspects of ongoing cultural attractions

Culture-wise, there is more to it than expected     Napoleon's house

A wide range of activites throughout the year enables you to participate and enjoy what the island offers. In recent years, an effort to promote the international cinematographic scene has seen its appearance, where continual showings of the most recent films can be appreciated in their original version – it is not unusual to discover festivals periodically: Italian, Spanish, English, Russian and other choices from all over the world. This in itself is a major achievement in a small island where up to a certain moment, one could only count on ‘maybe’ some recent ‘hits’ – over time, I will be posting information/reflections on the festivals, of course.
Pottery, painting, jewelry, cutlery, leather, and the manufacturing of luths ....

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Art in Corsica

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The influence of Baroque Art

It would appear in the middle of the 17th+18th centuries, and under the influence of Genoa, Baroque Art predominated Corsica. The artists possessed a specific style and have been known to influence other artists in fact. We could say, there were two predominating periods: the pre-Romanesque and the Pisan, and to this day certain monuments are still in existence, one of the finest examples would be the Baptistery of St John the Baptist, situated in Corte.

The islands principal art gallery would undoubtedly be the Fesch Museum, in Ajaccio, where an impressive and also permanent collection of Italian art can be viewed, dating from the 14th century...

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“Wine is bottled poetry”

grapesRobert Louis Stevenson pronounced these fitting words, leaving us in reverie and expectation

Benefiting from microclimates, a large variety of soil and soaked sun summits, the island produces some of the finest varieties of wine to be found. Tasting takes place all over the island, where 9 ‘appelation d’origine controléé’ can be discovered. Sometimes unknown to the general public, as much of the wine is sold on the island, with exports increasing over recent years. Possessing a strong personality, these wines are well worth your taking the time to discover and enjoy...

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The Corsican language and its role today

panneau de signalisation corseAs I wrote earlier on, Corsica does possess its own language

Part of the ‘Romance’ languages, mainly spoken within families and villages and handed down throughout the centuries. Very close to dialects from central and southern Italy, musical and charming – it was finally recognised as a language in 1960. The noticeable variations, depending on where one is on the island, is also quite apparent. Traditionally oral, the development of the ‘written’ has gained considerable ground over time. In 2010, the Charter of the Corsican Language was signed, to increase the use and visibility in public stretch and social life, and through the ongoing efforts where schooling and courses are concerned, the desire to achieve bilingualism is the ultimate aim...

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