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  • Lizzie June, 28 2013, 3:06 / Reply

    Congratulations on your WSJ article. Super well done. Thank you, Garance, for so generously sharing your Corsica with us. I will someday (sooner thank later, I hope!) take my man there on a repeat honeymoon.

  • Katarzyna June, 28 2013, 3:18 / Reply

    Great job, Garance! Makes me long for your isle’s wilderness … Beautiful.

  • kris June, 28 2013, 3:27 / Reply

    great article…congratulations!!!! hope to go there one day…….xoxox

  • Gita June, 28 2013, 3:28 / Reply

    Congrats, Garance, that’s awesome! And damn, I gotta visit Corsica!

    xx
    http://gita-oddsandends.blogspot.com/

  • Guro June, 28 2013, 3:37 / Reply

    You are so funny! I love your style of writing in that article. And now I want to go to Corsica more than ever!

  • Laura June, 28 2013, 3:51 / Reply

    Super cet article! Je ne suis jamais allée en corse alors que je suis juste à côté! Il faut que j’y remédie bientôt!

    http://www.laurablogmode.com

  • Patricia June, 28 2013, 4:00 / Reply

    Congratulations Garance!
    The article was brilliant! xx

  • Gigi June, 28 2013, 4:02 / Reply

    Un article pour le Wall Street Journal, rien que ça !!!??? wow!

  • Lynn June, 28 2013, 4:15 / Reply

    super! and you are there during all the tour de france excitement!!

  • ami June, 28 2013, 4:19 / Reply

    Haven’t commented in a while, but had to comment for this; that’s amazing G.

  • Marina B. June, 28 2013, 4:19 / Reply

    Super))
    La Corse est beeeelllllle!!! Une des plus belles iles au monde! (La plus belle….???)
    (je ne les ai pas tous vu…)

  • Gabrielle June, 28 2013, 4:27 / Reply

    Dear Garance, I loved your article! It’s really witty and fun to read and I love the journey you take us through, I’ve been to Corsica several times and I love that island a lot! I’ve even been to Girolata! I saw a lot of this world and I really must say, Corsica is one of the most beautiful spots on Earth! But pssst….. actually you shouldn’t say that to loud, too many tourists are never good ;-) xxx

  • Portia June, 28 2013, 4:40 / Reply

    How exciting! I loved reading your article and it definitely sounds like a most wonderful place to visit!

    http://cequisuit.blogspot.com

  • Amaia June, 28 2013, 5:05 / Reply

    Great article Garance! I can’t wait to go one day to the place you call home!! Looks like paradise on Earth. I would definitely hire a car and go to each spot you mentioned :)

  • Rayna June, 28 2013, 5:19 / Reply

    So beautifully written, you really have a talent for bringing to life the spirit of a place and its people. I might recommend people check out the film ‘Joueuse’ (Queen to Play) which was filmed in Corsica and brilliantly displays its natural wonders and unique style. I look forward to your writings (at some point) on Bali.

  • Martin June, 28 2013, 5:43 / Reply

    We were a week in Corsica. VERY dangerous. There’s a mafia, there are feuds, vendettas everywhere. Giant man eating pigs roam freely, so you can’t ever get out of the car. Crumbling roads cling to cliffs that drop thousands of feet into the sea. No one will speak to you. Corsicans can’t stand anyone who is not Corsican. Ultra-nationalists run half the island. It’s either very hot or very cold. The food is bizarre, and there’s absolutely no alcohol allowed anywhere. No one speaks English or even French, only Corsican. If you so much as look at a Corsican woman, Corsican men are honor bound to kill you. They all carry knives that say “vendetta” on them for this purpose. Did I mention bandits? They hide in the bushes, which by the way smell very badly, and prey on foreigners. In spite of all this, the beaches are horribly overcrowded, mostly with Russian and American tourists. It’s best to go somewhere else and leave Corsica alone. Trust me.

  • Garance June, 28 2013, 5:43

    Martin, this was hilarious ! Thank you.
    Ooooops, don’t look at me!!! I’m Corsican ;)

  • Paola June, 28 2013, 5:43

    haha je parie que Martin est corse ou veut rester parmi les voyageurs qui profitent des plages belles et solitaires!
    J’aime beaucoup la Corse, où j’ai de merveilleux souvenirs, et lire tes paroles Garance m’a fait sourire parce que c’est la même fierté, le même amour que je ressens pour ma Sardaigne…Les deux îles ont une beauté encore intacte (pour la plupart…), mais malheureusement nos côtes sont parfois «contaminés» par les batiments, une foule de touristes pas respectueux ou encore par des polygones militaires cadeau de politiques pas avisés …
    Et alors, pour une petite minute je me sens comme Martin, je voudrais dire à chacun de s’en aller et de bien nous laisser à nos galères, mais à nos plages et à nos parfums aussi :))
    Mais un instant plus tard, la beauté devient le remède qui soigne et les belles émotions deviennent quelque chose qu’on ne peut pas éviter de partager: alors, les secret qu’on garde en tant que locaux s’éclosent pour cause d’une générosité qu’on a reçu de nos îles et qu’on ne peut s’empecher d’offrir aux autres, qu’on aimerait recevoir “chez nous”, un par un!!! :)
    Merci Garance, and félicitations pour ton article: c’est super!

  • Judith June, 28 2013, 5:59 / Reply

    Not only the Corsicans are convinced of Corsica’s beauty! :)
    I love this island, I’ve been there several times, and last summer I enjoyed its magic together with my boyfriend – clearly, head over heels! :)
    Bisous Judith

  • Cindy June, 28 2013, 6:33 / Reply

    This place will be on my bucket list! Thanks Garance and congrats on the article!

  • Sevan June, 28 2013, 6:52 / Reply

    Bel article et belles photos dont nous connaissons la plupart, l’une d’entre elles etant sur mon laptop.
    Bonne vacances, chere Garance, car vous partez demain si je me souviens…..

  • Colony June, 28 2013, 10:46 / Reply

    Garance even in a WSJ article your voice comes through loud and clear. So great! Longing to be on a beach after reading that.

  • Margaret | Destination Here&Now June, 28 2013, 10:49 / Reply

    Ah Garance I’m so proud of you having a go at some travel writing. Well done and I hope more comes your way. The pictures you posted on your last holiday had me sold but this, I’m going to print off, and save for a special holiday x

  • Amy June, 29 2013, 12:17 / Reply

    Ah, fantastic! I am getting ready to move to France (Paris) in a month and I’ll be spending about a week in Corsica. I’ve alwwways wanted to go there, and I will read your guide before heading over there! Merci! x

  • lma June, 29 2013, 12:58 / Reply

    De la part d’une corse exilée: you made me tear up Garance…

  • Linda June, 29 2013, 1:11 / Reply

    Fabulous! xx

    http://thecurvygirlinthecorner.blogspot.com

    P.S. Liked this post on Bloglovin :)

  • Sunny Side June, 29 2013, 2:15 / Reply

    Ne donne pas tous les secrets… protège la, qu’elle reste sauvage et libre le plus longtemps possible !

  • Denisa June, 29 2013, 2:19 / Reply

    Soo nice photo. I would like to have a vacation. Have a great day.

    http://www.fashiondenis.com/

  • Dark Blue Stripes June, 29 2013, 4:45 / Reply

    Great article. Congratulations. Sounds and looks like an amazing place to visit.

    Christie x

  • ines June, 29 2013, 8:15 / Reply

    enorme! c’est trop cool

  • AJ June, 29 2013, 8:51 / Reply

    Currently watching the TV coverage of the Tour de France through Corsica – stunning scenery and the sea looks incredible. (Go Cadel Evans!)

  • Val June, 29 2013, 9:22 / Reply

    Le plus bel endroit au monde pour moi. Tellement beau que c’est bouleversant d’en parler. La nature est d’une splendeur incompréhensible et irréelle, et je n’ai jamais trouvé de gens aussi gentils que secrets. Il y a eu un reportage dans Envoyé Spécial il y a quelques jours sur le compliqué problème de la spéculation immobilière et ses réseaux en Corse, je vous conseille d’y jeter un petit coup d’oeil. Et surtout de lire Jérôme Ferrari…pourquoi pas un peu de Corse à Bali ;-)

  • Jessica June, 29 2013, 9:51 / Reply

    Congrats!

    Très bel article :)

    xx.

  • Stephanie June, 29 2013, 10:06 / Reply

    You’re a very creative writer, Garance – you always sound unique compared to most writers out there and I really admire that! Great review steeped in romance…. :-)

  • MasonBentley June, 29 2013, 11:49 / Reply

    Oh my! What a beeeeeautiful place! I loved your review which had all sorts of wonders jostling in my head….only to be brought to life by the of the first stage of the Tour de France..I should be out soaking up the first bit of vitamin D we’ve had in London for a long long time…but I confess to being just a little bit of an addict..but today..with that scenery..PERFECTION! xxx

  • Juli June, 29 2013, 2:02 / Reply

    Charming!

  • Léa June, 29 2013, 4:19 / Reply

    Chère Garance,
    je suis si contente que tu puisses parler de la Corse, qui se trouve être aussi mon pays…
    Parfois je me demande: comment fais-tu pour vivre à New York, une ville tellement différente de notre île? La nature sauvage me manquerait énormément!
    En tout cas toutes mes félicitations :)
    Basgi!

  • Yuliya June, 30 2013, 12:46 / Reply

    Congratulations! Very nice article, personal, made me want to visit your native land!

  • Therese June, 30 2013, 1:39 / Reply

    I am adding Corsica to my travel list!! Love your article Garance!

  • Kyok June, 30 2013, 4:47 / Reply

    Je suis allée en Corse une fois et j’ai beaucoup aimé ! Je me souviens que j’ai mangé des fruits de mer sur la plage. Quelques copains de Snoop ( mon mari) nous ont bien accueilli et un copain m’a fait visité sur une moto. Il a roulé sur la montagne tellement rapide que j’ai eu une vertige et je me suis dite “Je vais peut-être mourir ici en Corse, mais je ne connais à pain la France… (Je suis arrivée en France il y à à peine 1 an et demi) ” alors je me suis accrochée à lui toutes mes forces. Ton article me donne envie de retourner. Cet été je vais une petite île à côté d’Okinawa, mais ce sera ma prochaine destination, la Corse !
    Bises
    Kyok

  • marina June, 30 2013, 5:24 / Reply

    dear garance,
    i just spent ten days in corsica (got back yesterday) and i loved it! the nature and sea and beaches were soooo beautiful and people were very nice! and i am not easily impressed as i am from croatia:)

  • Dea June, 30 2013, 5:50 / Reply

    Congrats, Garance! Amazing job, I simply love the way you write! xx

    http://www.timelessdifference.com

  • Nancy June, 30 2013, 8:10 / Reply

    So well written, you are amazing, are your talents limitless?! I not only want to go to your enchanted island, right now, I want to soak in the spirit of this lovely article, and live it!

  • Margaret | Destination Here&Now June, 30 2013, 8:41 / Reply

    Garance which sections of the GR20 did you do?

  • Tanya556 June, 30 2013, 12:07 / Reply

    As I read your article, a faint song plays in my head “Come with me my love To the sea, the sea of love
    I want to tell you just how much I love you…”

    Such a beautiful island.

  • Jenn B June, 30 2013, 12:48 / Reply

    Garance, This was so beautifully written. I felt like I could see, taste and feel each area you were talking about. Brilliant to tie it in with introducing your love to it.

  • Laura June, 30 2013, 4:43 / Reply

    Génial ton article, félicitations

    Xx
    http://www.Lauralexo.com

  • Lala June, 30 2013, 11:16 / Reply

    What a lovely piece, Garance! Real pleasure to read! Congratulations!

  • caro July, 1 2013, 4:02 / Reply

    Quel bel article! Quelle ode à la beauté de ton île! Tu vois ce matin j’avais envie de m’évader eh bien grâce à toi je suis repartie sur ta belle île! MERCI!

  • emmanuelle July, 1 2013, 5:16 / Reply

    Mais ça veut dire quoi, “we nap” ??

  • nATH July, 1 2013, 6:11 / Reply

    Hum hum …
    J’image la tête des américains devant certains fromages !

  • nATH July, 1 2013, 6:11 / Reply

    J’imagine (pardon)

  • Andrea July, 1 2013, 7:45 / Reply

    Bravo. Super bien écrit (je sais ce que c’est que d’être francophone et de devoir réfléchir en anglais pour écrire correctement) et super idée de traitement du sujet. Fallais y penser!

  • Saveria July, 1 2013, 10:12 / Reply

    Bonjour moi aussi je suis Corse , une pure et dure ;) Je trouve que de plus en plus de monde s’interesse à notre île ce qui est très bien , mais pour être franche trop de monde se l’approprie. J’ai 15ans , j’y suis née et quand je vois toutes ces maisons construitent sur des sites préservés et en plus pas par des insulaires , des marques sois disant corses , je n’ai pas peur de citer le nom , comme Casanera qui se dit 100pour cent made in maquis mais qui en fait la plupart des produits ne sont pas fait avec des huiles corses et en plus ces produits sont vendus à des prix exorbitants , des touristes qui n’ont aucuns repect de rien .. pour l’écosystème etc…(l’année dernières aux iles Lavezzi des touristes , par exemple , jetaient leurs détritus sur la plage) ça me crève le coeur. J’aime mon île plus que tout , mais quand je vois comme elle devient… J’ai l’impression qu’elle devient un produit marketing. On se sert de nos traditions , nos racines , pour faire vendre. Aujourd’hui les jeunes corses connaissent très bien Casanera etc.. mais ne savent pas dire un mot corse à part ‘Ava’ et ‘Va be’. Tout ça pour dire que ton article me fait plaisir car la Corse pour les (vrais) Corses est comme un bébé je pense , qu’on veut montrer car on en est fières , mais qu’on veut préserver mais c’est de moins en moins facile…

  • Iris July, 1 2013, 1:50 / Reply

    Hi!! I loved your story about Corsica. I’m absolutly convinced that it’s such a magic place, not only for all the descriptions you gave us, but for the passion you put on the writing.

    I noticed that at the bottom of your article, they put the adress of your blog, but instead of: .fr they wrote: .com and if you get it wrong it wont bring you here.

    :)

  • indri July, 1 2013, 9:46 / Reply

    Dear Garance, you are the perfect ambassador for Corsica. I’ve checked the plane ticket to visit Corsica already.

    I understand that you are/about to visit Bali. Take it from an Indonesian, you should visit Flores too. Its beauty will remind you of Corsica.

  • Alexia July, 5 2013, 6:14 / Reply

    Forzaaaa Corsiiiicaaaaaaaaa !!

  • stephanie July, 5 2013, 12:31 / Reply

    Aaaahhhh this post me fait bien PLAISIR !!!!! Ma Mere, Corse D’Urtaca (le Nord) mais j’ai grandi dans le Sud de la France. Mes parents passent 6 mois de l’annee a Calvi, ett j’ai a moitie grandi sur un voilier autour de la Corse.
    J’ai vecu a Londres tres longtemps et y ai envoye tout mes pots (avec certains conseils ;-) maintenant je suis a Vancouver et je continue… :) La Corse ma manque terriblement.
    Les photos, l’article, Super !!!!! MERCI !!

  • Catherine July, 7 2013, 10:02 / Reply

    Garance, si je peux me permettre, je suis furieuse que tu mentionnes une adresse dans le WSJ que je ne partage meme pas avec mes amis. Je me console en me disant que ce n’est pas une adresse qui plaira aux lecteurs de ce journal….

  • Olivia July, 11 2013, 2:29 / Reply

    Bonjour Garance,
    On s’est croisé un jour car tu m’avais prise en photo quand je travaillais chez Isabel Marant rue de Saintonge…
    Pour ma part j’ai dit adieu à Paris pour rentrer vivre sur notre île paradisiaque, on prend conscience de la valeur des choses quand elles nous ont cruellement manqué,
    Peut être à bientôt,
    Olivia

  • kimberly September, 1 2013, 9:52 / Reply

    I went to Corsica in May…actually stayed in Bonifacio and took a cab to Portvechio. I was on the island for 5 days solo having stayed 6 days in Paris prior. You are from a beautiful place with great air quality, people, and food:) I noticed that once I stepped off the plane in Figali. I’m glad I came across your blog.

  • Kim Waters January, 17 2014, 11:15 / Reply

    I had the pleasure of traveling solo, to Bonifacio, on the last leg of my trip. I went last May and spent 6 days in Paris and 4 days in Corsica. From the moment I stepped off the plane and inhaled the fresh air, I knew I was in a special place. I was stranded at the airport, not knowing it was soooo tiny and I had to make prior taxi arrangements…my flight landed really late. Not knowing how to speak French, and my NYC attitude getting the best of me, my patience wore thin until this beautiful woman, who saw me board in Paris, walked over to see if I was ok. Luckily, she spoke English and she lived in Port Vechiccio..the next town cover from Bonifacio. She was African, married a Corsican and lived on the island for 20 plus years! Out of the kindness of her heart, and God’s good graces, she offered to drop me to my hotel! Needless to say, I arrived safely at my destination and enjoyed the rest of my days in Bonifacio. When I tried to locate her, YES! I took a cab to Port Vecchio to visit her business establishment…I wanted to purchase something as a way of saying thank you…However, she was not to be found and communication at the boutique was bad…I don’t speak French. I mention all this to say, you are from a beautiful place. The people, the scene, the food, and air quality is amazing. I look forward to my return one day. * Please excuse any typos…I’m just writing from my heart and memory.

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