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Casa Lisa

Casa Lisa

Nonza, Corsica

Last June, during the latest edition of LeMiami, Dawn Goldworm, a professional perfumer and the co-founder of agency 12.29, talked about the importance of perfume when designing a special place. Casa Lisa smells of a Mediterranean summer…

Crystals of island

Crystals of island

Corsica, France

This spring, a lucky chance brings me back to Corsica, an island I only remember through my memories as a kid. A turbulent sail through the Strait of Bonifacio took me to the discovery of a land of bright blues and greens with exotic French flair. Savouring warm, lightly salted croissants I look at the ports disappearing in the distance. The vivid memories of my second time in Corsica blend with older more blurry memories.The echo of Pigna’s perpetual symphony, a mix of bitter, sweet, ripe and sour notes; a picture perfect paradise of white sand and blue water (Saleccia beach); the slow and reassuring rhythm of pastoral life in the valleys around Corte and the majestic and colourful nature of the South…

La Maison du Ruspu

La Maison du Ruspu

Corsica, France

Keep driving on the main road until you find the small sign “U Ruspu” indicating an off road in the middle of a wild wood. A small sky blue house, bed sheets in the wind on the washing line and bushes of pale and well kept antique roses. You are chez Jean-Claude Girard, as they would say in Paris. He’s a lovely man how was lucky enough (he repeats the word lucky twice) to escape the chaotic French capital because of love problems only to end up in this secluded place in the south of Corsica. La Plage de Cupabia is magical and only a short trip away. That same sky blue colour of the house continues in the kitchen. The air smells at pain d’epices, left to cool down for tomorrow’s breakfast when it will taste even more delicious. There’s a basket with citrons and homemade jams on the shelf over the fireplace. Monsieur Girard will always join us at the table and speak slowly. He says that this island is not measured in distances, in the time that it takes to go from one place to another. This island, just like life, cannot be lived in a rush. This small Maison d’hotes is suspended in the short space of time that it takes to fall in love with such a gentle and quiet place.

Architect’s Villa

Architect’s Villa

Corsica, France

The lucky guests of Architect’s Villa wake up their senses in an architectural wonder immersed in nature. They enjoy breakfast (a selection of French biological vegan delicious food for every taste and mood) on the long wooden table in the patio. They walk down five steps and place their towel next to the swimming-pool, wait for the sun to warm the water and relax in the mild wind that smells at maquis while birds sing in the surrounding trees. In the afternoon they go on a trip to Murato, Oletta, Saint-Florence or a secluded beach. The time of a stroll in the port, a prayer in a magical church or a glass of wine…

Traveler’s Picks

Traveler’s Picks

by Candida Romero

Candida is a french-american artist living in Paris. Autodidact, she spent her childhood in la Ruche (an art community famous for its well-known artists – Brancusi, Chagall, Léger…) and more particularly, in the studio of Soutine, which was also Paul Rebeyrolle’s studio. She still keeps a studio there – once used by Marc Chagall. Daugher of the painter Simone Dat and the Puerto Rican artist Johnny Romero, she turned to art early, studying at Enfants du Spectacle in Paris (Children of the Stage), and traveled extensively while young to Europe, Japan, and the United States. Later, she lived in Munich to study opera, then Salzbourg, and finally, Berlin in 1992. In 1993, she returned to her studio in la Ruche and Convent SanFrancescu, in Corsica, a enchanted relais and extremely wondrous, where she has received us, on a spring magic night. She dedicated herself entirely to painting.

If you’re looking for magic, this story is for you

If you’re looking for magic, this story is for you

Corsica, France

We are standing opposite a medieval church framed by two giant eucalyptuses. A warm south-west wind lightly moves the trees and our skirts. What’s this scent? I think it’s mint. For me, it’s some kind of fruit. We ring at the door next to the black metal gate. No answer. We wait; take a picture of the church and of the two giants. Stand in front of the door, smile. You look great. We have a peek at the back and discover a garden between stone walls. It’s just the two of us, birds and the two eucalyptuses at sunset waiting, like in a suspended scene of a film. We try ringing once more. My grand-mother used to say that “good things come to those who wait”…

Maison Battisti

Maison Battisti

Corsica, France

Marie-Pierre and Michel love the same films that we love, they like going to the Bastia Film Festival, host dinners in their family home and cook authentic French recipes for their guests, and sometimes try new ones. They love the sound of Italian and we love the sensuality of French. After the first smiles, we start talking about our languages to everyone’s delight. It’s the first sign that we will have a good time together. We’re in Conchiglio, a village that has been wrongly omitted from many maps…

Casadelmar

Casadelmar

Corsica, France

Casadelmar seems to have been conceived to incorporate the sea, frame it with its minimalistic architecture and make it even more desirable to its guests. The first encounter is with light filtering through the tall glass door of the main building. It invites you to walk down the long staircase, and then out in the patio to breath in the salty air of the bay at sunset, like Neptune’s blessing from the sky…

Le Potager du Nebbiu

Le Potager du Nebbiu

Corsica, France

From Saint Florant take the road towards Oletta. Before the bendy road starts climbing, a wooden sign takes you on a dusty track so thin it looks like it’s been drawn with a pencil. Let your eyes absorb the bright green of the surrounding fields and take it away with you. You will get to a restaurant with colourful tables outside. Female voices are chatting in the kitchen; Au Revoir Simone is playing and birds are singing on the trees…

La Ferme de Campo di Monte

La Ferme de Campo di Monte

Corsica, France

Whatever your itinerary across Corsica, make sure you stop for a meal at La Ferme de Campo di Monte. What you will find on the top of this hill is a pure and honest summary of the island and you will end up loving it even more. La Ferme de Campo di Monte is first and foremost a family affair. You know it instantly as soon as Eric welcomes you with a big smile and announces the dishes that “Maman has cooked for the day…”…

Monte D’Oro

Monte D’Oro

Corsica, France

Once more, just like in the latest masterpiece of Wes Anderson, we walk through the door of a historic hotel that hasn’t changed in years and that brings us back to the start of the century, to a time of black and white photos. We’re embraced by thick walls, wooden furniture and creaking staircases; hotel Monte-Oro is embraced by Vizzavona forest, a twine of branches, leaves, secular trunks, rays of sun and uninterrupted bird songs…

Casa Musicale

Casa Musicale

Corsica, France

Every time I flirted with the idea of a trip to Corsica, I would think about this place and look at the images on the website once again. I remember this detail while I walk along the courtyard of Casa Musicale, the delicate colours of a late May sunset in the background. We’re in Pigna, in the heart of the magical Artisans’s route, a craft trail that connects small villages of the Balagne region. Casa Musicale is one of those places that cannot be told through images or probably with words. Only by experiencing it you can truly understand it. Music, from the violin of an artist practicing in the nearby auditorium or from the speakers among the dinner tables, constantly permeates the air and everything around: walls, stairs, chairs and glasses…

Traveler’s Picks

Traveler’s Picks

by Veronique Lievre

Veronique strives to make design accessible through the vacation experience. Together with her partner Heinz, she has been designing, building and decorating boutique hotels and vacation homes for over 12 years. From Verana in the jungles of Mexico, to Far Meadow in the High Sierras, they have built extraordinary vacation homes from the ground up and welcomed guests from around the world…

Domaine de Murtoli

Domaine de Murtoli

Corsica, France

To inherit an extraordinary estate on a stretch of Corsica’s rugged coast; to protect it, cultivate it and respect it; to undergo a wise and considerate restoration: Murtoli is the result of a strong passion that dates back centuries. Today, wild and cultivated lands live side by side. Sheep and cows wander freely in the fields among the guests who came here looking for a place like no other. Luxurious and frugal, rich and peaceful, so magical that is almost perfect: a piece of paradise where to invite your closest friends and exchange vows.

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