San Nicolao

Meet our amazingly, generous friend, Annette, who owns a awesome Bed & Breakfast just north of Corte. She has had us in her home more times then I can count now and has introduced to so many people. We even got to spend New Years Eve at her dinner party. She has a very unique home, it was built by a doctor that would travel and work here in the summers back when they didn't have any hospitals around these villages. So, he had patients in his house and preformed surgeries where she now lives! It was built for these purposes so it is not our typical Corsica home.
A few weeks ago we were able to drive about an hour away to her 'home town' village, where she grew up and where her mother's house is. San Nicolao, which is on the east coast of Corsica. They have a huge family garden and it was cool to get to know her more as she showed us around. We were able to help her get fruits and vegetables for her B&B. I just got an Email from Annette saying that her dad, 84, was recently visiting friends in Rome and had a fall. I do not have all the detail but she was really worried. Please pray for him and her as she takes care of him. He is in really good shape for his age and it has been fun getting know him as well, he is a retired Greek/Latin Professor and still writes articles.
Annette...isn't she fun.

The fruit was delicious and fresh.

This is a Cedrat Fruit. Here they use it to make Cedratine, which is a common aperitif. I read that the The Cedrat liqueur made in Corsica is quite rare outside of Corsica. Interesting. It is huge and very strange looking.

This is her family house, her mother inherited it. She said it was built in 1400th century and was built around a tower (which is now the stairs in the middle part of the house)

I found this kind-of funny...the mayor put up old pictures of the village around town. Half the town likes it, said Annette, and the other half hates its.

This is the view from town, the beach and a beautiful chapel. Right around the corner are very tall cascades, an old bridge and a cool tunnel. The Corsican's just have so much physical beauty here.

Sarah W –   – (February 20, 2010 at 2:02 AM)  

yay!! i love it! matt & sadie have some real sweet pictures together-- nice work, capturing that. :) thanks for the pictures. and woohoo for your sweet annette. :)

Summers  – (February 20, 2010 at 2:03 AM)  

i can't believe people are actually from places like this. so beautiful! as a dumb yankee, i've only seen stuff like this in movies =)

Liz H –   – (February 20, 2010 at 2:03 AM)  

i can't believe people are actually from places like this. so beautiful! as a dumb yankee, i've only seen stuff like this in movies =)

marissa –   – (February 20, 2010 at 2:03 AM)  

So amazing to have a great national friend! And a sweet house, too!

Liz –   – (February 20, 2010 at 2:03 AM)  

There's so much to see and do in Corsica. I love the photos of San Nicolao and the orchard. Thanks for sharing!

Grandma Sherry –   – (February 20, 2010 at 2:04 AM)  

This was so amazing, I loved the garden, but the house even more. That in unbelievable.

Liz  – (February 20, 2010 at 2:04 AM)  

These are the sights one can expect to see between Corte and the Eastern coast which most visitors miss. You had the fortune of discovering this gem by picking "the road less traveled". Thanks for sharing!

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