“A picture is worth a thousand words ..” and I hear Napoleon’s words here

Jean Exiga+Lucienne Dentz

 

 

Photo credit: Jean Exiga & Lucienne Dentz, with many thanks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Lazaret, and how it came back to life – François Ollandini reveals past and present coexisting

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And this is exactly what happened, past and present coexisting.

There’s a very moving story behind this particular setting, dating back to when the plague ravaged and changed the lives of so many indeed and Corsica was not exempt of the consequences.

We’re returning to the 14th century here, leading right up to the 19th, where cholera was also present. Walking around this space has been an overwhelming sensation for me personally, and a tremendous experience, from which I can only try to convey, hopefully immersing you in intense historical remnants, remaining forever present.

During those times, coral fishing was very popular but, the French authorities decided to forbid the continual coral fishing around the coasts, pretext being, that the seabed was overworked – thus, imposing...

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The wisdom of bridges comes from the fact that they know both sides ..

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Remember, the Genoese had taken over the island, (12th/13th century) and in doing so, they of course wished a certain transformation. One of the most important was the construction of many stone arched bridges, thus, for economical reorganisation, theses bridges saw the day between the 13th and 18th centuries. Mainly single arched, and ‘hunch-backed’, and allowing a distance up to twenty meters, beyond which, the necessity for several arches was necessary. A large number have been classified as ‘historical monuments’ and their contribution in the growth of rural regions cannot be dismissed.

With a height of six meters, and ten meters in length, the Navy Negru up in the Cap Corse, would be the most imposing, double arched example...

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Fishermen and their patron saint, St Erasmus – an annual three day celebration in Corsica!

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Not specifically for Corsica, but for all fishermen around the world, and as there is quite a population here, it is normal that he would be remembered and honoured every year.

Originally, the Brotherhood of St Erasmus regulated assistance within the community, under the protection of the saint, dressing in white gowns bordered with purple for this feast day.

A procession takes place in various towns, (Ajaccio, Bonifacio, Calvi, Erbalunga etc.,) on June 2nd, where the statue of St Erasmus is transported to the port with the blessings of the priests, thereupon boarding one of the boats and where a seafaring procession and benediction take place...

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The first Energy for Islands Salon has opened its doors – Energ’îles

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An important initiative was taken here in Corsica, to organise this first salon as regards to the multiple problems islands are compelled to face up to and undergo, where their energy resources are concerned –  a topic that needs to be discussed and thought about to its full extent, for the future is also at stake here.

The necessary importation of fuel, which most islands undergo, is one of the vulnerable aspects, and who says ‘importation’ automatically says ‘expense’, and don’t we know it well.

The goal desired? – to gain an essential independence of energy.

The presence of the Minister of Environment (Delphine Batho), along with the Overseas Minister (Victorin Lurel), is certainly a strong asset and required attendance for this first salon, showing an authentic interest to thi...

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