Cargèse – otherwise known as ‘The Greek Village’

Cargèse Jean-Louis Delbende

This is not a random choice of village I choose to tell you about

I vividly remember my first visit there and how I was completely drawn to its particularity. Right in the heart of the village, on the outskirts, overlooking the floral countryside and valley, one comes face to face with two churches standing right opposite each other : Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic – in the midst of overlooking trees and in total harmony.

I recall catching my breath and just gasping. Situated 100 meters above sea level, it seemed so natural and yet so singular. Cargèse was founded at the end of the 18th century, by Greek immigrants, having been chased by the Turks – whereupon their descendants build their own church, whilst the Corsicans built theirs...

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The best macarons in Corsica!

Back CameraWhen fluffy light worlds of flavoured almonds merge and liberate passion and supposition, gravity can within these moments fluctuate and leave you in momentary rapture

This is an accurate as possible description, in regards my tasting Mikaela’s macarons. Basically, I was never a macaron lover, until I tasted her very personal and elaborate fabrication, I was then conquered for life!

She has been established in Ajaccio since three years now, in the centre of the city, where she creates, blends and produces her impressive thirty varieties of flavour, which, I may add, are uniquely made from regional products. Having been trained in Paris prior to her arrival in Corsica, she possesses her unique view of extending flavours, colours and variations.

A few examples here that may tempt your curios...

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Renowned French environmentalist, Nicolas Hulot on Corsica

Well known to all, Nicolas Hulot has his own personal idea on how he views this island

A traveller and explorer, he has adventured all over the world, and here is what he has to say:

“Corsica is perhaps the first place, and God knows how many I have visited – where I would have wished to stay. We can not love a place just for the beauty of its landscapes, because you get tired very quickly of this. For Corsica to love you, you must love the Corsicans. Me, what I like about them is that they do not engage immediately, they are not teasers. The Corsican is profound, sometimes lively but at least he has character, as does the island. I hate lukewarm things. Of course, he also has flaws, because he loves the land and defends it.

Being Corsican, still means somethingwhilst elsewhere in Fr...

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Villages, and how they continue to paint a way of life ..

Evisa (Malaterre)

My first thought would have been that the island is not unlike one large extended village itself

After many years of travelling around and thus becoming more acquainted with individual villages, the evidence of their respective differences became more apparent. It is both comforting and relieving to admire the stone structures facing time courageously, in spite of all. Charming and representative, their presence is vital in the maintaining of traditions, communication, customs and a certain education.

There’s a curious sensation of almost imposing, as though the ancient walls and foundations were attentive to your every move, not without a strong perception of welcoming and an invitation to enter. Atmosphere...

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Is there a particular speciality in Corsica? – yes, without hesitation: chestnuts

pain à la farine de chataigneThey were always associated to attending a fair or some type of outing, and around Christmas time – until I arrived in Corsica

I really hadn’t the slightest idea as to their importance and representation here. Autumn is chestnut season, and when many people take the opportunity to spend hours collecting them in the surrounding woods. Towards the north of the island, there is a particular spot, the ‘Castagniccia’, and this is the heart of chestnut country in all its glory, where the hills are plainly covered with chestnut forests.

It was after the effects of the Middle Ages, and the great wars, that they were massively planted in Corsica under Genoese command...

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