Feathers, spirit, flight and freedom – the birds of prey

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When you’re not accustomed to having Red Kites and Buzzards, amongst others, hovering above and around, it can be quite overwhelming, and almost intimidating. And although their company is very much part of the scenery, especially when you are out walking in the countryside, or near the coast, their presence is always admirable and breathtaking.

The Golden Eagle, would probably be one of the best adapted to the general conditions of the island, where his dispersion is regular and also where the Corsican Natural Regional Park looks after his preservation...
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Calvi On The Rocks anyone? with a very promising 11th edition

Calvi On The Rocks

Upon reading what they have managed to develop for their 11th edition, I must admit I was surprised, and I’ll explain why too. Imagine rallying the following, all in one event:

Mayer Hawthorne, Trentemoller, Mark Ronson, and Jamie Lidell … the remaining guests you may discover yourselves!

An open air rock/electro festival that willingly takes over the town and beaches during five days of vibrant music – that’s what Calvi On The Rocks is about. For the short story, it was in 1268 that the noble Giovaninello de Loreto decided to build the citadelle, overlooking the port – and named it Calvi.

I suppose you could say, it’s one of the best ways of starting off the holidays too, just when the season is ready to take full swing...

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The notorious …. GR20 – a profusion of sensations

Known as Europe’s toughest long-distance trek,
the GR20 is undoubtedly an ardent desire experienced by those who are in search of a certain profusion of sensations.                                                                                                             GR20 bis

The trail dates back to 1970, and has seen an notable increase of hikers/walkers ever since; we’re talking about 20.000 visitors here yearly …

You may be wondering if the trail is well marked, and you can rest assured, it is indeed. Guides can also be contacted, for organised trips...

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Historic moments! the waiting and the arrival of the Tour de France 2013, 2nd stage Bastia/Ajaccio

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Under a sweltering sun, our wait started. We were there to see those tireless, courageous cyclists arrive from Bastia after 156km, where 27 year old Jan Bakelants was the first to sprint to the finishing line! If you’d like to read all about the tour, just go to my previous article: bit.ly/1b0aox3 .

I wouldn’t have missed this for anything, living on this island and in Ajaccio! I cannot relate too much or too strongly as regards the excitement and pride deeply sensed throughout Corsica .. they had been planning it for the past two years too, and when the actual moment is finally there, within reach, where you are standing and watching them arrive, you realise it was beyond your expectations, through speed, colour and the absolute professional touch.  They just flew by...

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Exploring ‘Nougat’, with Fanny and her father – taste buds activated!

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When I think of nougat, my taste buds awaken, my mouth waters and the urge to indulge is difficult to control – not unlike many amateurs of this succulent creation, I would say. But, there is nougat and … nougat. When caressed by a little inspiration, that so required ingredient, it can take you journeying through moments of total elation, there’s really no exaggerating here, for me personally, as I had the pleasure of making it myself, at one stage. So, when I decided to discover and taste what Fanny and her father create, I had a difficult time remaining patient beforehand.

Did you know that Leonardi da Vinci was a strong supporter of candied fruit and almonds, and during the Renaissance they called it ‘chamber spices’, he loved it.

At ‘Fiordolci’ (even the name evokes ‘nectarous

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