Ajaccio Cemetery and the Coast of Corsica

The cemetery in Ajaccio, Corsica is largely occupied by above-ground tombs.  The tradition of entombing the dead above ground rather than below has its roots in the Genovese origins of Corsica.  Traveling a bit further to the west along the coast of Corsica, there is a relatively large area with new plantings of native species.  Each young seedling is surrounded by blue netting, creating a kind of blue forest.

Looking out along the coast, one can see the Cape of Parata where stands a 16th century Genovese tower (La Parata) and, a little offshore, one can see the Sanguinaire Islands where, on the largest of which, a lighthouse guards the coast.  The first time I stepped into the Mediterranean was on the island of Ibiza.  Here, on Corsica, I got my feet wet in the Mediterranean, but quite by accident.  While waiting to be photographed on the shore, a large wave snuck up behind me and soaked me up to my knees.  Quelle surprise!

Ajaccio Cemetery

Ajaccio Cemetery

SOURCE:  Ajaccio Cemetery (Ajaccio, Corsica, France); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 09 August 2011.

Ajaccio Tombs

Ajaccio Tombs

SOURCE:  Ajaccio Tombs (Ajaccio, Corsica, France); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 09 August 2011.

Cape of Parata and the Sanguinaire Islands

Cape of Parata and the Sanguinaire Islands

SOURCE:  Cape of Parata and the Sanguinaire Islands (Ajaccio, Corsica, France); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 09 August 2011.

The Author in Corsica

The Author in Corsica

SOURCE:  The Author in Corsica (Ajaccio, Corsica, France); photographed by Jim Robinson for Stephen J. Danko on 09 August 2011.

Copyright © 2011 by Stephen J. Danko

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  1. Great photo of you!

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