Diane, A Broad

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  • June 8, 2013

    [Note: No, I didn't give in to the temptation to jump on a plane and head back to Corsica so soon after my trip in May. My computer had a meltdown recently, and I thought I had lost a good portion of my photos from the island. Thanks to the miracle workers at Apple, such turns out not to be the case. So, here we are -- with some out-of-order posts from Corsica. I hope you enjoy them anyway, despite them being a bit later than expected.]

    Chez Vincent [Bastia] by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    I think that there’s an instinct in those who travel frequently to avoid the restaurants with the best views, because we assume that they’re inevitably going to be tourist traps with sub-par food. Or be extraorinarily expensive. Or, likely, both. So it’s always a refreshing surprise to find a restaurant with a stunning view, delicious food, and reasonable prices like Chez Vincent in Bastia.

    Chez Vincent [Bastia] by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    Chez Vincent [Bastia] by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    With an unbeatable view overlooking the old port and food that includes Corsican specialties such as veal stewed with chestnuts (above, served as a savory millefeuille) and a catch of the day served en papillote, as well as a page full of pizzas, Chez Vincent manages to have a dish for every craving, without being sycophantic.

    Chez Vincent [Bastia] by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    Additionally, I will always be grateful to this restaurant for introducing me to my new favorite apéritif: Cap Corse, a fortified wine with a quinine base.

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  • May 24, 2013

    It has been raining every hot-damn day in Paris this week. I can’t tell if I’m making myself feel better or torturing myself by looking at these pictures from La Marana beach during our trip to Corsica.

    La Marana Beach by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    La Marana Beach by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    La Marana Beach by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    What I wouldn’t give to be lying on that beach right now. Especially since I acquired an especially blotchy tan due to uneven sunblock application.

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  • May 20, 2013

    During our day-trip in Ajaccio, I had what was possibly the most charming encounter with a stranger that I’ve ever experienced.

    A couple of us were eating lunch on the terrace of a small Italian joint in the old town, and I was sketching the small church just across from us, when an older gentleman came up and, in French, complimented me on the drawing. He proceeded to tell me that I should make sure to get the bell tower in the sketch, and I assured him I would as soon as I finished filling in the details of the face of the building. He wished us a good day and went on his way.

    A Charming Encounter in Ajaccio by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    As we paid our bill and were getting ready to leave, the same gentleman came by and asked to see the finished sketch. After looking at it and complimenting me on a job well done, he asked if he could draw as well, to which I responded, bien sûr!

    A Charming Encounter in Ajaccio by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    He spent about five minutes drawing the little church for us, during which time I learned that he’s been living in Ajaccio, and in fact on the same little street as this church, since he was a little boy.

    A Charming Encounter in Ajaccio by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    A Charming Encounter in Ajaccio by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

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  • May 16, 2013

    During our trip to Corsica, we took a day-trip to Ajaccio, birthplace of one Napoleon Bonaparte. Perhaps  you’ve heard of him.

    Looking Out of Napoleon's Windows by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    The ancestral Bonaparte home, Casa Buonaparte, is still intact, having been continually owned by members of the family until 1923. It is now a national museum housing relics of the Emperor and his family.

    Looking Out of Napoleon's Windows by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    Looking Out of Napoleon's Windows by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    I did this weird thing where I was completely uninterested in the historically significant pieces inside the museum, but fixated on the windows and what you could see of of them instead.

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