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Corse, France: de Corte à Ile Rousse (2)

La matinée à Corte

Vers la Citadelle

Petit récapitulatif : la veille, nous sommes arrivés à Bastia au petit matin, après un voyage combinant le train de Bruxelles à Marseille avec la SNCB International et le ferry depuis Marseille avec Corsica Linea.

Depuis hier soir, nous sommes à Corte, ville historique de la Corse, indissociable de Pascal Paoli, élu Général de la Nation Corse en 1755. Ce matin nous visitons la Citadelle datant du IXè siècle (photo ci-dessus et seconde photo ci-dessous : les remparts. Et première photo ci-dessous : le nid d’aigle). Superbe vue sur les montagnes avoisinantes. On accède à la Citadelle depuis le Musée de la Corse.

    

Le Musée de la Corse

Situé dans les remparts de la Citadelle de Corte et aménégé par l’architecte Andrea Bruno en 1991, le musée régional d’Anthropologie de la Corse permet de découvrir, par de nombreux objets ethnographiques, peintures, affiches, dessins, cartes géographiques, photographies, ouvrages anciens et une photothèque, la culture corse.

Photos ci-dessous : 1, dessin mural de chanteurs de polyphonie corse et 2, métier à tisser ancien. 

Courte promenade

 

Je vous recommande de vous promener dans les pittoresques petites rues près de la Citadelle. Malheureusement je n’ai pas eu le temps de m’asseoir à la terrasse d’un café et profiter du magnifique soleil automnale.

Tout se prête au farniente : le cadre est superbe et c’est très calme (basse saison touristique). Et déjà nous devons reprendre la route : aurevoir Corte!

En direction d’Ile Rousse

Spuntinu au Clos Venturi

Prochain arrêt à Ponte Leccia, où nous pic-niquerons (en corse : spuntinu, photos ci-dessus) dans le domaine Vico, où sont produits les vins Clos Venturi. Après la visite des chais, je goûte aux délicieuses spécialités corses, accompagnées des vins du vignoble. Adieu régime (lololol)!

  

Second arrêt sur la route

Le magnifique Parc de Saleccia

Mon coup de coeur! J’ai tout aimé dans ce parc : de l’accueil simple et chaleureux d’Isabelle Demoustier, la gérante, aux différents jardins dans le maquis corse, dont certains avec vue sur la Méditerranée!

Tout est superbe. La nature savamment organisé par l’homme : Bruno Demoustier, le père d’Isabelle, paysagiste de l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Horticulture de Versailles et créateur du parc de Saleccia. 

J’aurai pu y passer toute une journée. Mieux qu’un long discours, des image, mais c’est encore mieux en vrai! On se recharge le mental et le corps par un tree hugging! Un lieu qui par sa beauté vous booste en énergie! 

  

Enfin Ile Rousse!

Le Phare

Belle lumière de fin de journée qui donne un reflet doré à la roche orangée, d’où le nom d’Ile Rousse. Avant de nous rendre dans la petite ville d’Ile Rousse, nous nous arrêtons au phare qui surplombe la presqu’île.

Décor de cinéma. Je médite un long moment face à ma chère Méditerranée (photo ci-dessus et premier photo montage en début de cet article). A suivre… 

Photos : © Mademoiselle Le K – Tous droits réservés

Informations  

Pour se rendre en Corse par Ferry : www.corsicalinea.com, Bureau de vente à Bruxelles : Tel. 02/620 06 76, resa.benelux@corsicalinea.com

Pour rejoindre Marseille en train : www.sncb-international.com. 2 ou 3 liaisons par jour en TGV Bruxelles-France (trajet en 5h10). Si achat en ligne des billets TGV, il est possible de les imprimer chez soi, ou de les télécharger via l’application mobile SNCB International.

CCI de Bastia et de la Haute-Corse : www.ccihc.fr

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Un grand merci à Corsica Linea, à la SNCB International et au CCI de Bastia et de la Haute-Corse, pour cette belle invitation. Comme toujours ce sont mes opinions.

Corsica, France: From Bastia To Corte (1)

An Original Way of Traveling

A Mix of TGV & Ferry

When I was offered to travel to Corsica with a TGV with SNCB International and ferry of Corsica Linea, I was very curious to experience this way of traveling! Departure from Brussels from Gare du Midi around 10 a.m. In the comfort of the first class, I quietly watch the landscape scroll.

Arrived in Marseille at 3:50 p.m. The subway is direct (2 or 3 stations) to the ferries of Corsica Linea which is located in a renovated area, with large modern shopping malls in old warehouses. How to wait before boarding the Pascal Paoli ferry at 6 p.m. for Bastia? Do some shopping : I took the opportunity to buy Detox Kusmi Tea (a soulful memory of the Paris fashion weeks years ago, lololol!).

We had dinner in the ferry restaurant. Everything was really fine: the crew was super pro and the night route allows you to reach your destination early. My only con, some travelers: as a woman, I did not feel comfortable crossing the corridors, alone. 

The spectacle of the sunrise when approaching the port of Bastia is absolutely gorgeous! 

From Bastia To Corte

The Old Port of Bastia

At 7 a.m., we land at Bastia. Early fall, the trees start to slightly become orange under a shy sun. After a long break in an outside cafe, we walk in empty picturesque streets leading to the Old Port. The city wakes up slowly. I like the South, its rhythm.

  

Lunch in Folelli

I fruletti

In the late morning, we leave Bastia for the village of Folleli, where we have lunch at the restaurant I Fulett. Our long table is on a pleasant terrace with enough sun to believe summer is not over. The Mediterranean cuisine with Corsican and Italian influences is delicious. I even took a dessert (my dishes pictured above and below)! 

The Parc Galéa

We take the road towards Taglio Isolaccio to visit the Parc Galéa, where I had a big crush for the cactus gardens (photos above and below). This park allows to discover the natural and cultural heritage of Corsica.Visitors can attend lectures on various topics, or have guided tours and educational workshops. 

  

Corsican Whisky

Domaine Mavela

Surprise: Corsican whiskey! The Mavela distillery produces spirits and has partnered with the Pietra brewery to produce quality Corsican whiskeys under the name P & M. I do not drink alcohol, but I am always curious about terroirs and know-how. After a tour of the distillery, we tasted different liqueurs (like those of Cédrat Natura and Clémentine Natura) and some whiskeys.

Then we leave for Corte, where we sleep tonight. To be continued…

    

Photos : © Mademoiselle Le K – Tous droits réservés

Informations  

To go to Corsica by Ferry : www.corsicalinea.com, Sales office in Brussels : T. 02/620 06 76, resa.benelux@corsicalinea.com

To go to Marseille by train : www.sncb-international.com. 2 or 3 connections a day by TGV Brussels-France (duration: 5h10). If you buy your TGV tickects online, you can print them at your home, or download them with the SNCB International mobile appli.

CCI de Bastia et de la Haute-Corse : www.ccihc.fr

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Many thanks to the Corsica Linea, SNCB International and CCI de Bastia et de la Haute-Corse, for this beautiful invitation. As always these are opinions.

France: Wellness & Yoga Week-end in La Clusaz

  

Day 1

The Yoga

I had the pleasure of rediscovering the mountain in the summer, during the Satiam Yoga Festival in La Clusaz, in the French Alps. An epic arrival after a day between two flights, two airports! In the morning, I flew back to Belgium (first trip), then changed airport that turned into an odyssey via the train (lol). Followed by a big thunderstorm over the airport of Geneva that has us (a journalist friend and I) held an hour and a half in the air … Then transfer by car to La Clusaz. 

So the next morning at 8 AM, sitting on my yoga mat, I can’t wait to benefit from the first yoga and meditation “Master Class” with Robin Golt marking the opening of the festival. In the background, the mountains! Very good meditation session followed by workshops and activities around Yoga and well-being. In the photo above: SUP yoga (or Stand-up paddle yoga) at Lac de La Ferriaz, in a beautiful setting!

  

Sushi Time

Lunch break at Sushi Fumi: cool little restaurant with a slightly surfer atmosphere. Very nice sushi dishes with traditional sushi and others reinterpreted by the two cooks and patrons, with local ingredients and more Western flavors (photos above and left).

We ate so much sushi that we had trouble getting off the restaurant, where you can also have a drink in the afternoon. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beauty Discovery : SNÖ Eternelle

The workshop that I really liked (you know I’m a beauty junky, lol): the meeting with the founder of luxury organic cosmetics and relaxation, Snö Eternelle and also former multiple World Champion in moguls skiing, Raphaëlle Monod.

The range of the brand includes sun protection (“Mon fluide protection”), a face skin care (Ma crème riche) and a body oil (“Mon huile S.O.S”) with 100% natural ingredients.

As soon as I have tested them, I will give you my thoughts. As they contain essential oils, I prefer to wait this fall or this winter, my skin being more reactive in spring and summer. Coached by the bubbly Raphaëlle to tone our face, we made a lot of grimaces (and laughed a lot). A kind of facial yoga (photo below). 

The Dinner

We go up to the Chalet du Lac, an altitude restaurant of Savoyard traditional cuisine based on local products. Awesome landscape! The cottage is in the Aravis nature reserve. Too bad that night falls quickly.

The dishes are delicious, with huge portions and the atmosphere really cosy thanks to the very friendly owner who made us taste many different Génépi. Photo below: a 5 kilo bread made especially for the restaurant.

  

Day 2

Finally in Nature!

As I didn’t want to try for the first time mountain biking, I took the Beauregard cable car and then walked for an hour through the pastures in altitude. 

Feeling of peace and euphoria sourrounded by the mountain tops and my friends, the cool cows (lol). Then again the cable car to join the group for lunch.

Bucolic Lunch

While part of the group arrived by mountain bike, we arrive on foot to the Chalet de Paccaly located at 1490 meters (photo above and photo on the right). The Aravis chain is spectacular! And the weather oscillates between threatening clouds and blinding sun.

The dishes are simple, but tasty based on flowers and cheeses (photos below). A pure moment of relaxation. 

  

The spa

And to finish in style this short weekend in La Clusaz: 2 hours Deep Nature Spa, one of the largest spa in the French Alps (with an area of 850 m²). The water course of 160 m² is designed by Serge Blanco (a French famous former rugbyman) and includes multiple hydromassage jets …

Exactly everything my body needs before the long drive to Geneva by car and then the plane! 

Photos : © Mademoiselle Le K – Tous droits réservés

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La Clusaz

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Many thanks to the Tourism Board of La Clusaz for this beautiful invitation. As always theses are my opnions.