Corsica, a guide to the island of beauty

Corsica, a guide to the island of beauty

“If you feel like working, sit down, it will soon pass.” Corsica, a laid-back, sleepy island off the west coast of Italy. While for the last two hundred years or so it may well have been French, to me it has always been simply… Corsica…...
The Traveller’s Table – Shop, Eat and Drink Like a Local

The Traveller’s Table – Shop, Eat and Drink Like a Local

The Traveller’s Table is a wonderful collection of recipes from some of my favourite Mediterranean cuisines – Mallorca, Corsica and Greece – each of which I have waxed lyrical about here on my blog in recent years, plus another that I would very much like to get better acquainted with, Turkey.

Sweet treats in Corsica

Sweet treats in Corsica

As my spoon broke through the soft sponge, I almost squealed with delight, as a cascade of melted chocolate escaped. It oozed around my plate and started to mingle with the vanilla gelato. I took a taste and, oh my, it was good. So very good that I spent most of the...
Exploring the beaches of the Golfe de Valinco

Exploring the beaches of the Golfe de Valinco

I love the sea and grew up spending the school summer holidays on the beach with my sister. I’d regularly stay in the water until my lips turned purple with the cold. These days I’m not quite so hardy and have to admit I prefer warmer climes when it comes...
Instagramming Corsica

Instagramming Corsica

Having just got back from a fabulous week in Corsica, I’d like to share some highlights  from my Instagram feed over the last 8 days. Stayed tuned to find out more. You can folow my adventures on Instragram @TravelWithKat. A tasty lunch of Fromage de...
Scandola Nature Reserve, Corsica | Tourism versus climate change

Scandola Nature Reserve, Corsica | Tourism versus climate change

Red cliffs tower above us, plunging steeply down into the bluest of seas. Surely, the best way to experience the Scandola Nature Reserve is from the water. The views of the coastline are dramatic, and a boat is the most practical way to visit the lovely hamlet of...
Exploring Corsica by car or even by bicycle!

Exploring Corsica by car or even by bicycle!

At the end of June the Tour de France is coming to the beautiful Mediterranean island of Corsica for the first time. The dramatic mountain scenery, with many a hairpin bend and breathtaking views down to the sea, will make the most magnificent setting for what will be...
A Merula and a wonderful week in Corsica

A Merula and a wonderful week in Corsica

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...
Photographing nightscapes, light trails and blurring movement

Photographing nightscapes, light trails and blurring movement

This image was taken in Corsica and the lovely village of Agajola. I’ve visited several times and stayed there for a few days while on assignment for Corsican Places photographing the area. It certainly was a great base from which to explore la Balagne. This...
Ostriconi Beach, La Balagne, Corsica

Ostriconi Beach, La Balagne, Corsica

Ostriconi beach, in the north-west of Corsica, is sublime. The view looking down over the beach from the road above is simply stunning. At the viewpoint from where I took this photograph last June, if you turn a little to your right you will see a river gently winding...
Calvi marina by night – capturing great photos after sunset

Calvi marina by night – capturing great photos after sunset

Calvi is a wonderful town in La Balagne region of Corsica and the evening is a great time to photograph the marina with the 500 year old citadel in the background. The right light There’s about a ten minute window when the light is just right to get this type of...
Find a little taste of paradise in Calvi

Find a little taste of paradise in Calvi

Calvi is a wonderful town on the beautiful Mediterranean island of Corsica with an impressive citadel looking down over a luxury yacht filled marina. I’ve visited Calvi many  times, both on holiday and whilst on photography assignments for...
Images of la Balagne, Sounds of A Filetta

Images of la Balagne, Sounds of A Filetta

In my last post I shared with you my experience of the wonderful festival held every September in Calvi Rencontres de Chants Polyphoniques de Calvi  hosted by the polyphonic singing group A Fileta. For those of you not familiar with this form of singing...
Ancient squares and cobbled alleyways overflowing with song!

Ancient squares and cobbled alleyways overflowing with song!

Every year Calvi’s citadel, which was built over 500 years ago, is the stunning setting for Rencontres de Chants Polyphoniques de Calvi. Although I’ve visited Corsica a number of times, this was the first time I’ve been lucky enough to be there for...

Calvi Jazz Festival… not just jazz

Held every June (21st to 26th June in 2011) the Calvi Jazz Festival is a wonderful time to visit Northern Corsica. I came across the festival by accident during my first visit to Corsica many years ago. I fell in love with Corsica and the Jazz Festival. Here’s...

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