Friday, 31 July 2009

Sartène – the most Corsican of Corsican towns!

Sartène – the most Corsican of Corsican towns according to their blurb, and a claim it’s hard to dispute when you are wandering amongst the imposing granite buildings, some of which date back to the early 16th century.

We were actually on the hunt for some shorts, but to be honest it was a great excuse for a wander round the town followed by a refreshing ‘diablo menthe’ (mint syrop and lemonade) on the main square while we watched the world go by.

We discovered a new ceramic workshop between the Place de la Liberation and the Post office, which had beautiful hand made tiles and even ceramic jewellery, as well as the usual bowls and jugs.

From here we headed under the archway to the little streets behind the church. We went into the shop selling local produce just on the left as you come out of the archway, and I was shocked to see the Domaine Orsini Muscat on sale for 11.50€ when I’d paid just 8€ in Carrefour the day before! Moral of the story folks – be a canny shopper.

Between us we managed to find a lovely souvenir photo frame, some organic/natural anti-mozzi spray and an unusual rough blue coral necklace, but I also spotted some beautiful jewellery, some nice dresses that were way over budget and some cute little ceramic animals that I was really tempted by. Maybe we’d better make another trip towards the end of the summer when the sales are on…

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