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Corsica, September 2015 et 2016

+ The place


+ My feelings and historical part

Two trips to Corsica in September 2015 (3 weeks near Propriano) and September 2016 (2 weeks in Bastia). These trips were trips for diving but I took the opportunity to walk a little on the Isle of Beauty.
I was surprised at the Propriano cemetery. No perimeter walls, graves are on either 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 the special charm of the island. Get off the beaten track, do not remain compartmentalized on these sandy lands, you will see, it is worth the detour.
If you are brave, you have the GR20, 170km long (106mi) can be done in 16 days with 7 hours of walking per day. I let you try this crossing. A friend, Gilles, could tell you about it …
Apart from its beaches, its nature, its mountains, the island is also a paradise for cheeses but also for pork with wild boar sausages and hams. Moreover, you may be lucky enough to meet wild boar 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 above all, I was lucky enough not to hit any of them with the car.
Historical part
An island that hit the headlines for many years, from 1970 to 2014, with the FLNC, the Corsican National Liberation Front. Numerous plastings on houses belonging to “metropolitan” as well as “black feet” who settled there after the war of independence in Algeria which ended in 1962, made the headlines. Today, the FLNC has been dissolved, the island has obtained certain rights since a Corsican assembly exists. The situation in Catalonia has rekindled this desire for autonomy and even independence. But that is 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 in the Mediterranean Sea by area. It declared itself independent from Genoa in 1735 and adopted the 1st democratic constitution in modern history, giving women the right to vote for the first time. In 1768, it was ceded by Genoa to France without the consent of the inhabitants. As a result, France conquered the island militarily during the battle of Ponte-Novo in May 1769. It was also in this year that Napoleon Bonaparte was born in Ajaccio, general of the armies, commander-in-chief. of the army of Italy then of the East. But best known as Emperor of the French, consecrated in December 1804.
The island is made up of 2 departments, the final division of which dates from 1975 with Corse-du-Sud and Haute-Corse, then the Corsica region was created in 1991. On that date, following claims, it obtained a local authority status with special status as I mentioned previously. This status was transformed in 2015 into a collectivity with a special status of the single territorial collectivity type (Collectivité de Corse).