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What /NOT/ to do in Corsica

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Learning and preparing for a trip is not as fun as the travel part of the journey, but before going to Corsica, you must know your do’s and don’ts. Here are a couple of things of what not to do while visiting the magnificent island and how to not irritate the local people. Don’t ask the waiter to split the bill In a couple of seconds, you are going to see angry people if you ask this from the waiter. If you are having dinner with Corsican friends and start arguing who drank what and how many glasses, you will have to forget these friends. It is in Corsican etiquette […]

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Corsican delicacies

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Corsican cuisine is special. It has a lot of distinct characteristics and because of that it is irreplaceable. Because Corsica is in the Mediterranean region, it offers a lot of raw materials like olives, fruits, vegetables and meats. The cuisine is a mixture of Italian and French, but with strong traditions from Corsica, which is the result of sun and heat. Here is a list of delicacies you need to try and be a little gourmet even it it’s for a couple of days. Sanglier It is a wild boar. Usually its prepared and being eaten during the hunting season in autumn and winter. The dish, which are made of […]

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Vineyards of Corsica

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Corsica has the perfect weather conditions, a mix of sun and rain to produce beautiful, juicy grapes which give us a wide range of wonderful white and red wines. Harvesting conditions are excellent and the growing season is longer than in mainland France. Here is a list of winemakers to visit and wines to taste during your stay in the stunning island. Clos d’Alzeto, Sari d’Orcino This is the highest vineyard in Corsica, almost at 600 m. After a long drive from Ajaccio, during which you need to take dozens of hairpin turns, the reward is a spectacular view of the vineyard which looks like it’s climbing up on the […]

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Tips for the first time in Corsica

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You already have learned about traditions, places, you know what to expect and now you have a burning desire to see the island for yourself. There are still a couple of things that you need to know before travelling to the majestic island of Corsica. You will definitely need a car. It does not matter what kind, an automobile is a must. Unless you want to hike or bike everywhere, but going from place to place will get you exhausted on day one and the rest of your holiday calendar will have to be spent in bed with aching muscles. Public transport is not ideal by any means and you […]

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Fauna of Corsica

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Fauna is just as mesmerizing as the flora on the island, as you have read before. Corsica is home for small land mammals like foxes, rabbits, hares, voles, weasels and many more. The bigger wild animals are deer, there is a specific species called the Corsican Deer, which is kept in the regional nature park to be protected from extinction. Because of rocky surfaces, there are a lot of wild sheep of different kinds. Wild boars, which are hunted for the sanglier delicacy, live in forests. Night creatures include bats, there are habitats on the island for them, since there are 22 different species that live in the caves in […]

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Corsican holiday traditions

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We all know the commercial habits of Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s day and other holidays. But there are places where ancient traditions are stronger than ever, instead of buying presents or eating a lot. And on this blog, you can learn about ancient Corsica traditions. L’ochju This is called the Evil Eye in French. There are a bunch of amulets that can protect you from it. They can be made from coral, salt crystals or you can even form a horn with your fingers, making a gesture by extending the index and little finger while holding down with the thumb the middle and ring. If you have the “curse” already, you […]

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Cheeses of Corsica

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In Corsica, you must indulge in everything that the island has to offer. It is music, people and of course food. One of the treats that you MUST taste is the local artisan cheese. Corsican cheeses are known all around the world because of their unique and traditional tastes. Here is a list of gourmet cheeses that you must to try while visiting, or that you will be able to find in your local gourmet shops. Brocciu The name of this cheese is related to a french word ‘brocciu” which means made from goat or Eve’s, first woman’s milk. It is a made from whey and is lactose free, this […]

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Famous Corsican Folk Music Artists

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We already know how Corsica is in love with their Island and people. They are showing us their history, culture and undying love through their music from local festivals to world famous music stages. Here you can read a little bit about four famous folk music artists who sing in Corsican about their mesmerizing island. I Muvrini This is a group which is very in love with their country, all their songs are sung in the native Corsican language. The music group was formed in 1980s by two brothers Jean-Francois and Alain Bernardini. They both are from a small village in north Corsica called Tagliu-Isulacciu. I Muvrini is a type […]

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Flora in Corsica

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Corsica is an exception not just because of culture or food, but contrasting and rich flora makes it like no other island. The island’s history also helps with this. During the Antiquity period there was mass exportation of woods and that destroyed many forests in Corsica. Nowadays, they are replaced by maquis which are densely growing green bushes which stay green all year long.  Most famous trees which are occupying the island are grapevines, olive trees and figs, they were brought over by the Greeks. Genoese reintroduced chestnut trees and clementine started to grow in Corsica during the 20thcentury. There are 22, 500 species of plants on the island. 140 […]

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Corsican Polyphony

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Polyphony is 2 or more simultaneous lines of separate melodies, or a couple of voices. It is different from monophony which has one dominant vocal. It is thought that Corsican polyphony goes back to 9 AD. Music took a different path, from one voice singing to several voices appearing and creating a new dimension. For polyphony, the human voice is a miracle because of how it can change and express emotion. Through this music genre, feelings like pain, happiness, sorrow can be expressed like no other.  For Corsican, singing is a way of life. People start hearing polyphony in their early childhoods in churches, then they grow up and hear […]

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