Saturday we spent a little time in Ajaccio, Corsican "capital"
and birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte. But before going there, we visited
the statue-menhir of Tavera, in our opinion
one of the most expressive of the whole
island. Next we reached the nearest telephone
box from where - among spiderwebs and ads offering second hand concrete
mixers - we could send our online diary pages.
day (Sunday), we went to the splendid dolmen of Settiva
(here is a panoramic view) that we could
find only because a very helpful Mr Agostini - living not far from the
dolmen - took us directly to the site (a steep walk in blazing sun).
Thanks again Mr Agostini! Then we drove to Pila-Canale,
where two statue-menhirs stand in front of the local fire station. Finally
we went to our lovely auberge, a restored mill.
Yesterday we left the Filitosa area and drove towards Sartène. On our way we stopped to say hallo to Santa Naria, the highest Corsican statue-menhir (3.74m). Its expression looks rather disappointed or surprised: probably because it is still lying on one side and it has never been re-erected... A few kilometers further on, beside the busy N196 road, are U frate e a sora. A legend says that they were a monk and a nun turned into stone after he raped and kidnapped her. In the afternoon our brave Twingo car took us along a horrible country road to Vaccil Vecchiu menhir, a solitary monolith standing at the centre of a little valley. Then we drove to Sartène, where we visited the local prehistoric museum and talked a little - half in French and half in Corsican (a language very similar to Italian) - to Pierre-Jacques, a nice young man working there. He is the owner of a real dolmen that lies in his backyard! A little tour around Sartène where fierce Corsicans keep their mobile phones in their socks (really! As seen in Place de la Libération) and here we are, at 2 a.m., in our little hotel room, writing our diary. Tomorrow will be the "Alignment Day"... Stay tuned!
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