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Place Foch and Palais Fesch in Ajaccio, Corsica, France

In Place Foch in Ajaccio, Corsica, France stands a statue of Napoleon dressed as first consul in a toga with a dove on his head.  Ajaccio has been described as one large monument to Napoleon with a few houses around it … Continue reading

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The Birthplace of Napoleon and the Citadel in Ajaccio, Corsica, France

Napoleon Bonaparte was born in a four story house not far from the citadel in Ajaccio, Corsica, France.  The Citadel in Ajaccio is located a couple of blocks from this house.  Napoleon certainly would have been familiar with the Citadel which was … Continue reading

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The Cathedral of the Assumption in Ajaccio, Corsica, France

The Cathedral of the Assumption in Ajaccio, Corsica, France is the place where Napoleon Bonaparte was baptized on 21 July 1771.  The main altar is from the Dei Suffraganti church in Lucca and was given to the cathedral by Napoleon’s … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Place d’Austerlitz in Ajaccio, Corsica

La Place d’Austerlitz in Ajaccio, Corsica is the location of an enormous monument to Napoleon Bonaparte.  Not seen in the photograph below are two eagles surmounting the years in which Napoleon was born and died (1769-1821).  The year of Napoleon’s birth … Continue reading

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The Church of Notre Dame de l’Assomption in Èze, France

Eglise Notre Dame de l’Assomption (the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption) in Èze, France can be seen from miles away.  This modest church, built in 1764, provides a quiet retreat for peaceful prayer and reflection. The Church of Notre Dame … Continue reading

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Èze, France

The tiny mountaintop commune of Èze, France is just a short distance from Nice.  It commands a breathtaking view of the French Riviera.  Its narrow streets wind up and down between quaint shops and restaurants.  The sculpture of Marie by Jean-Philippe Richard, … Continue reading

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The Outdoor Market in Nice, France

During a brief visit to Nice, France, I visited an outdoor market with a plethora of fruits, vegetables, spices, flowers, soaps, and souvenirs.  I purchased four bars of soap with wonderful fragrances and then left the soap on the bus.  … Continue reading

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