France - September 2014

Corsica (2)

Photos by Walt & Gloria Fogler-Mancini

 

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In northern Corsica, above the town of St-Florent is the Église de San Michele de Murato.  It was made of white limestone and green serpentine rocks in the 13C in the Pisan Romanesque style.  Most of the decorative sculpture is considered naive.

Over two thirds of Corsica is rugged mountains, making it the most mountainous Mediterranean island.  Its highest peak is 8878 feet and it has 20 others over 6600 feet.  The people of the island are said to have distrusted the sea and the invaders and pirates who used it and moved inland to the mountains. These “real” Corsicans are known for their fierce independence. 

There are very few towns in the mountains. The wild pigs most often used for Corsican charcuterie are allowed to roam freely and this is reflected in their meat’s unique flavor.  All the animals were quite friendly.

The mountain towns are well built - typically with the local grey granite.  They are well maintained and appear prosperous.

The Parc Naturel Régional de Corse on Corsica’s west coast is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The calanches (deep creeks) of Piana and the Scandola peninsula are most impressive.  These pictures of the porphyritic rocks were taken from the road near the Golfe de Porto.

The calanches are most striking at sunset, but amazing at any time of day.