Today I’m off to photograph the pretty village of Pigna near Calvi for Corsican Places and to visit one of my favourite Corsican restaurants.
I am particularly looking forward to this, as I have fond memories of this charming village from a holiday near here many years ago. I wonder if it will have changed much.
My friend drops me off just outside the village and as I stroll through the cobbled alleyways I soon realise, to my delight, that nothing much has changed.
Craft workshops abound and their goods are all for sale and as I turn each corner I find another enchanting shop – glass blowing, pottery, musical boxes…
Stopping for a cup of coffee in A Casarella, a restaurant I recall from my previous visit, I am delighted that the view is just as stunning and the staff as friendly, as I remember. This popular restaurant can get very busy, especially in the height of summer, so I book a table for lunch before heading off to explore the rest of the village and, of course, take many more photos.
On returning to A Casarella it is indeed busy and I am shown to a separate part of the terrace and for a while I have this garden all to myself. I sip a cool Pietra (a rather good Corsican beer) and tuck into a smooth, creamy Corsican sheep’s cheese, a tasty pâté and the most delicious fig jam with bread while gazing down across the hillside to Algajola. How lucky I am to be back here again.
A beautiful swallowtail butterfly flutters around the flowers by my table but it is long gone before I have a chance to get my camera.
The owner, Barbara, tells me that her husband opened the restaurant 13 years ago. It is their philosophy to treat their customers and the environment with respect. They only use local produce and where ever possible, organic. The pâté, as is all the cured meat and sausages, are from free roaming mountain pigs. And very delicious it was too!
All too soon it is time to go… new villages to discover!
For more photos of Pigna visit me on Flickr