Daily life as an islander

La Parata (Gra Ziella)Living on an island

No matter what size this may entail does of course have its drawbacks, but also its’ advantages. The fact of being surrounded by water provides natural barriers and also protection – giving us a quieter environment to live in, to become more acquainted with and bathe in characteristic settings. With a current population of approximately 322.000 out of season, a certain privacy is appreciated, whereas during the summer months, within the height of the season, many islanders take this opportunity to withdraw to the multifold of villages where they may resume their vacational activities surrounded by family and friends.

On the other hand, there is the isolation – if you feel inclined to escape, you can only do so by air or by boat, which entails more of a trip rather than ...

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Imposing/Impressive Genoese Towers

Important features, the Genoese Towers can be spotted immediately upon arrival    Back Camera

For they are prominent monuments implanted on all sides of the island, literally trimming the shores. Dating back to Genoese Corsica, these towers were erected at strategic points for supervision of the island as regards to eventual invasion, over the 15th/17th centuries. Imposing, legendary and picturesque, their role was to monitor the 1,000 km of coastline. Architectural heritage? there are those who have questionned their existence amidst the natural relief, personally I find their historical charm, stature and isolation – haunting, in spite of their reminder of Genoese oppression...

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An Introductory Glimpse of Historical Corsica

Corse_type_de_vieilles_femmes WikimediaDistinguished by conquests and assaults throughout its history, Corsica bears its scars with pride – one look at the island’s history immediately demonstrates the ongoing and relentless attempts and successes for domination and acquisition, and this has largely contributed to maintaining the very soul of the people. With a length of 183 km by 83km, and surface size: 8 680km2, this island thrones with her summits achieving over 2700m, and is the third largest island in the western Mediterranean, situated relatively near to Italy (only 90km)...

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Winter Attractions

Back CameraThe island offers a wide panoply of attractions 

And when you consider its size you realise just how considerable these are effectively. Over the winter months, one can enjoy trips to Val d’Ese (1620m) and Ghisoni (1586m), if you look forward to and enjoy – the snow! Extended rows of mountains draped in white, literally glowing in the daily sun, will capture your attention and pleasure. Having recently returned from a short stay on the east coast, I was somewhat marvelled at the distinction between both sides of the island over the same period of time, when leaving the snow-topped west and arriving at the snowless east, just within a few hours – and here is a significant example of what you can expect from Corsica...

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Familiarizing with customs, beliefs and omens

u catenacciu via Stella CorseAs is normally so in a community

Composed of many villages and small towns, customs, traditions, beliefs and natural omens are certainly present throughout history and every day subsistence. It is not unusual to find large trees in front of churches, or to have heard shepherds speak on the flight of birds, measuring omens and hearing thunder and roars announcing forthcoming deaths. Superstitutions and religion mingle, and traditions very much alive, portray a definite desolation through the Corsican traditional music and polyphonic singing. Being a highly Christian island, pilgrimages, festivals and processions occupy a noted importance in daily life...

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