Last September I spent a superb week on the island of Corsica in the seaside town of Calvi. I’d arranged the trip to coincide with the annual festival Rencontres de Chants Polyphoniques de Calvi. You can read all about the amazing time I had in my post ‘Ancient squares and cobbled alleyways overflowing with song!‘ This year’s festival is from 11th to 15th September.
One of the many other wonderful things about this holiday was the lovely apartment we stayed in. A Merula is just a short walk from the centre of Calvi but it feels like you could be deep in the countryside as you can see from this week’s travel snap.
Photography Note: This photo was tone mapped from one image using Photomatix Pro.
Tone mapping adjusts the exposure so that the whole image is exposed correctly. It can be used subtly or in more extreme ways to produce unrealistic effects that some people love and others hate, as you will see if you read the comments on my last post about HDR photography.
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I’m a latecomer to your website – don’t even recall how I found it, but very pleased that I did!
My wife and I will be visiting Corsica in July this year, and we are in the final stages of planning our visit.
Your photos confirm for us that we have made the right decision – we have received some very negative comments from friends and family.
Hi Alastair, Thanks for stopping by! I so pleased you found my site and that it has reassured you. Corsica is a wonderful island and it’s the only place I have ever thought of moving to. I honestly can’t imagine that anyone could say anything negative about it. Some people say it’s a little expensive but if you look around rather than go into the first bar of restaurant you see I’ve found it quite reasonable. I suppose public transport is minimal and taxis are expensive but other than that, I’d say it was pretty much perfect.
If you are looking for beautiful beaches and mountain scenery, crystal clear water, hot, sunny weather, varied activities such as walking, watersports and canyoning, friendly locals, fabulous food and a great (if slightly laid back) music scene, Corsica is for you!
Let m eknow if you have any queries and have a really wonderful time. best wishes, Kathryn
Kathryn, I just read your post about the festival of Rencontres de Chants Polyphoniques de Calvi from last year and thoroughly enjoyed it. I love festivals, especiallly the ones with a lof of music. I love the energy and the intimacy of the festival that your beautiful photos and words convey. I hope to make it to that festival someday.
Thanks Marisol. It really is a very special festival. I much prefer this type of intimate festival and the quality of the music was outstanding. I just I wish going again this year. I hope you make it there one day too!
It is on the other blog….Bagni di Lucca and Beyond.
That explains a lot! I’m now following both! 🙂
We went to Corsica for a couple of days in May, but only really saw a little of the island. We loved Bonifacio ( I did a post recently ) and Ajaccio and a bit of the countryside between the 2. I would like to go back and spend more time there. That house looks gorgeous.
I love Bonifacio! Haven’t really seen much of Ajaccio but hope to some day. I tried to find your post on Bonifacio put couldn’t track it down. Is your search button working OK?!!