Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Snow in the mountains
A brief visit to
It seems that in some parts of the island, 60 cm fell in one night last week and the
As we landed, the snow covered mountains dominated the views from the airport. It was sunny (though cool) in the coastal strip around Calvi, but the mountains were visibly blanketed with heavy snow. What an amazing sight!
Our little apartment was as welcoming as usual, but first we had to eject an unexpected tenant. A baby Gecko lizard had taken up residence in our séjour, and at first we hardly saw him against the sandy coloured tiles – a welcome reminder that we were in a place that enjoys a Mediterranean climate. A second came as we shopped for food in our local Super U - piles of delicious Corsican oranges still bearing twigs and green leaves from local trees.
But we still needed the heaters on full blast for the rest of the day.I have to apologise by the way - this was written on 23rd March, but thanks to France Telecom I am at the moment unable to update my blog from Corsica.
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
John Hanson Mitchell’s new book – The Rose Café – Love and War in Corsica (Shoemaker Hoard, 2007) is a cheerful and undemanding little work, but it deserves a place in the jigsaw of
The book is an autobiographical essay based in l’Ile Rousse in the Balagne in 1962. It is based on the notes of a young American writer who worked in a café for a single dreamy summer to escape service in
The details of dress, games and food are meticulously recorded and it is this authenticity which gives it such importance. The timing is 18 years after the end of World War 2 - and before
When the action takes place, some of the old
Against this backdrop, the young Parisian student, Marie - about to resit her Baccalaureat - flits like a pretty butterfly. But the older, heavier beasts that inhabit the Rose Café demand closer attention…
It’s a good read - both for those who know