Wednesday, March 28, 2007


Snow in the mountains

A brief visit to Corsica – and it’s been snowing. As we took our place on the little plane in Nice Airport on the final leg of our journey to Calvi, we were given a copy of Corse Matin which was headlined “La neige s’installe dans l’intérieur”.

It seems that in some parts of the island, 60 cm fell in one night last week and the village of Boziu, in the mountains between Corte and the Castagniccia was particularly affected. In a month when I usually look forward to seeing Corsica’s spring display of the first wild flowers, the newspaper carried pictures of stuck cars, sheep being given emergency food and people struggling against the odds in heavy winter clothes.

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.

Hi Derek,

Thank you for your interesting report. I've mentioned it in my Corsican blog. BTW, you can check out up to date snow conditions in Corsica on Meteo France.

Best regards,

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