The second part of the blogtrip was to learn more about the intangible heritage of Corsica. Jean-Michel took us to his village Peri, located in a mountainside, with an altitude of 450 metres, surrounded by a forest consisting of oaks, heather, arbutus (bruyères) and chestnut trees (châtaigniers)…I bet this is paradise for the bee’s and I can only imagine the honey they are producing!
We did some walking passing by a beautiful ancient “pont genoise” (Genoise bridge), passed through one of the hamlets that looked like it was taken from a fairytale (ancient stone houses in a serene setting and beautiful surrounding…what more can you ask for? ) and visited the church l’église Saint-Laurent (Sa Darenti) dating 1900 and also Chapelle de l’Annonciation (Capella di l’Annunziata) where Jean-Michel together with members of Cunfraternita di San Larenzu had arranged a private mini-concert in polyphony (polyphonie) for us. It was the first time I heard Corsican polyphony live. And I was happy to be able to enjoy this mini concert in an ancient chapel located in a small village in the mountains. The songs gave me goosebumps, strange, but ever since I’ve returned to Paris I listen to Corsican polyphonie songs on Youtube…and especially the hymn “Diu vi Salvi Regina“, created back in 1735. [pullquote width=”300″ float=”left”]The themes in polyphony songs are often joy, love, pain and sorrow[/pullquote] I don’t know whether it’s because I love the Corsican language (Corsu) or the melancolic melody in the hymns or maybe the combination, at least it was spellbinding as I was totally captivated.To describe polyphony in short, it’s traditionally sung by three men combining three registers of voices : a secunda, u bassu, a terza. The themes in polyphony songs are often joy, love, pain and sorrow and you can hear the songs beeing sung in churches, funerals, bars, at the village square. Definately a must to hear if you are visiting Corsica !
After the polyphony concert we were invited to the aunt of Jean-Michel that had prepared a table with delicious desserts all made with the cheese brocciu: beignets au brocciu and falculelle, together with a lovely muscat wine from Cap Corse we enjoyed our second u spuntinu, in the garden of the 200 years old gite, A Casa Vecchia. Couldn’t have had a better day, filled with so much delicious food, wine, encounters and insights in the Corsican traditions and culture.
Falculelle – yet another delicious dessert made with the Corsican fresh cheese, brocciu.
Me demonstrating on how to NOT hold a wine glass
Casa Angeli Muscat du Cap Corse – tasted heavenly
A glass of muscat wine from Cap Corse and some fresh brocciu cheese topped with Corsican honey and decorated with a flower
Jean-Michel serving us with fresh brocciu topped with honey and decorated with flowers
Raphaël Pierre-Bianchetti, served us the muscat wine..
Beignets au brocciu and falculelle – two of my favourite Corsican sweet treats!!
L’église de Saint-Laurent
La polyphonie corse à la chapelle de l’Annonciation de Peri. Was invited to the village of Peri today to listen to this beautiful Corsican polyphony, which is a part of the identity of Corsica and its culture. Grand merci @jeanmibisgam ! #polyphonie #aiacciu #iloveajaccio #corse #corsicagram #corsica #instacorsica #instacorse #îledelabeaute #polyphonie #polyphony #ajaccio
Many thanks to :
Jules Celli and his brother inviting us to their vineyard, Petra di Meli and sharing their knowledge and history about the wineculture in Corsica
Raphaël Pierre-Bianchetti, Maître Sommelier at Autourdu20, showing us how to taste wine
Jean-Michel Bisgambiglia for showing us the village Péri and letting us visiting the churches and best part of all, the polyphony Cunfraternita di San Larenzu
Ollandini for providing us the ride back and forth and between the vineyard and the village Péri
We were seven bloggers in total who participated, visit their blogs for their version of the blogtrip: H in the World, Bons Plans Voyage d’Alex, Mike on the Road, Yummy Planet and Le Tour du Monde a 80 cm.