Valentine’s Mausoleum in Pino, admirable

Mausolée de Valentine (fille de Eiffel) à Pino (fotocommunity LichtSchattenSuc)

Valentine Piccioni (no other than the daughter of Gustave Eiffel), married a Corsican, Camille Piccioni in 1890, they had two children, Marcel and Jean. The Piccioni family, known as one of the oldest and most distinguished families in Corsica.

Now, this is her mausoleum in the town of Pino (Cap Corse), an admirable structure – I have yet to visit it, as I find it holds tremendous beauty and quite frankly, fascinates me – maybe it’s the powerful pressure of atmosphere, it appears to dominate the surroundings, bathing in history and remaining omnipresent, along with a certain settling into the natural surroundings of towering trees and dense bush – this, takes my breath away and I’m certainly looking forward to this visit over the summer months.

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Sauntering around town, drop in to the ‘Bistrot du Cours’ in Ajaccio

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While you are sauntering around the town of Ajaccio, drop in to see Pascal at the Bistrot du Cours, it’s right in the heart of the town and you will be welcomed with smiling faces too.

He started out as a barman there, which led to his taking over this delightful, cosy café in 1998. He now runs it with his son, Alexandre, so it has become a family affair.

Ideally situated, and surrounded by boutiques, of all sorts, when the need to sit down for a while, or quench your thirst impose, you will enjoy the convivial surroundings and welcoming manners.

One of the main particularities here is the fact that he displays between 3000/5000 books – so, if the fancy takes, you can sit and read or even borrow/exchange books at your leisure, an original idea, whilst sipping your cold drink during the...

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Florian’s on an exciting adventure! – The Gombessa Project

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I’d like to tell you about a certain adventure Florian Holon has set out on, just recently. Having grown up just outside of Ajaccio, he focused his studies on his passion: the sea. From deep sea diving to the study of coral, and the preparation of his thesis, he started working with Laurent Ballesta years ago, and is now very much part of his team, who has set out to Sodwana (South Africa) early April of this year – for one and a half months.

Now, what’s this expedition about – it’s the Gombessa Project.
An adventurous and courageous team of 10-15 specialists have set out to explore, discover, view, study and film, the oh! so famous but highly rare: Coelacanthe.
Firstly, let’s situate this fish – it was believed to being extinct millions of years ago...
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Ajaccio sets the red carpet for the Imperial Regatta, an annual ballet – elegance and performance ..

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It was in 2003 that this elegant and performing event first honoured some of the very finest yachts existing. Challenge and tradition play their respective roles, within which the crowds visually board the waves over the five days of this prestigious race.

International participation from many countries accompany this event, notably from Germany, US, Ireland, Italy, Switzerland, Holland and Spain. The renowned ‘Firebird’ will be present, built in 1937 and renovated in Saint Malo from 1989-1992, also classified as a ‘historical monument’ and an example of art in craftsmanship...

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All out for the 56th Annual Corsican Rally, May 16th – 18th !

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A substantial event here – the 56th Corsican Rally! This annual feature gathers crowds since its beginning in 1956, also being part of the french championship and even the world rally championship at different moments, and this years rally will be counting for the European Championship. The affluent arrival of additional tourists and enthusiastic followers is seen and a strong sentiment of effervescence invades and takes over delightfully, all under the welcoming sun.

Often known as ‘the rally of 10 000 bends’, an authentic challenge is launched here every time, for we must remember although this island is small in size, the roads are amazingly windy, often narrow and possessing steep drops by the sheltering rocks...

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