Corsica, September 2015 et 2016
Two trips to Corsica in September 2015 (3 weeks) and September 2016 (2 weeks). These trips were trips for diving but I took the opportunity to walk a little on the Island of Beauty.
An island that made headlines for many years, from 1970 to 2014, with the FLNC, the National Liberation Front Corsica. Many plastics on houses belonging to “metropolitan” as well as “blackfeet” who settled there after the war of independence in Algeria, which ended in 1962, made the headlines. Today, the FLNC was dissolved, the island obtained certain rights since a Corsican assembly exists. The situation in Catalonia has revived this desire for autonomy or even independence. But that’s not the subject today. I just wanted to talk about the political context of a few years ago.
Corsica, Corsica in Latin, is the 4th island of the Mediterranean Sea by its surface. It declared itself independent of Genoa in 1735 and adopted the first democratic constitution of modern history by giving for the first time the right to vote to women. In 1768, it was ceded by Genoa to France without agreement of the inhabitants. As a result, France militarily conquered the island during the Battle of Ponte-Novo in May 1769. It was also that year that Ajaccio was born, Napoleon Bonaparte, General of the Armies, Commander-in-Chief. of the army of Italy then of the East. But mostly known as Emperor of the French sacred in December 1804.
The island is made up of 2 departments whose final division dates from 1975 with Corse-du-Sud and Haute-Corse, then the Corsican region is created in 1991. At this date, following claims, it obtains a territorial status with special status as mentioned above. In 2015, this status was transformed into a special-status collectivity of the type unique territorial collectivity (Corsican Community).
Corsica, a country of the sun, its beaches and its big difference between South and North, East and West. Every summer, many tourists use the ferries of Marseille, Toulon, Nice to go to this island and enjoy its great beaches and turquoise waters. But it is also a mountainous island which also has four small ski resorts which testifies to the temperatures plaguing the winter. Every year, many hikers also try the GR20, the mythical hiking trail that crosses Corsica from North to South. This 170 km long trail can be completed in 16 days with 7 hours of walking per day. The record, in race with assistance: 31 hours (2016). I let you try this crossing. A friend, Gilles, could you talk about it …
Outside of its beaches, its nature, its mountains, the island is also the paradise of cheeses but also of pigs with boar sausages, hams. Moreover, you may have the chance to cross wild boars while walking at night, but be careful. I had this chance, in my campsite near Porto-Pollo or during my trips between the campsite and Figari airport. But I was especially lucky to hit none with the car.
I was surprised by Propriano’s cemetery. No walls, graves are on each side of the road, without delimitation. This remains confusing for a Frenchman accustomed to closed cemeteries surrounded by a wall.
I hope you will have the chance to go there at least once and discover this particular charm of the island. Get off the beaten track, do not stay cloisonné on these sandy lands, you’ll see, it’s worth seeing.