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Paul Carmel

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  1. I find it quite odd how many French people give Corsica a hard time. A small proportion of the old wives tales could be justified. But still the amount home/business owners that are French, not to mention the amount French holiday makers that flock here year after year think the opposite. The media has lot to answer for.
  2. Are you realy trying to tell me you are thinking of buying a property in a place you have never visited?

    PC

  3. We are down in Calvi so give us a buzz if you pass by

    http:/www.corsicanholidays.com

  4. If you want more info on Corsica have a look at this site http://www.corsica-isula.com/ or if you are looking for a holiday rental please have a look at http://www.corsicanholidays.com

    Cheers

    PC

     

     

  5. Hi,

    We have a grafted mulberry tree, bearing in mind we are very southerly (Corsica) does anyone know when we should prune the branches? Also we have a large yucca palm with a thick (20-25 cm diameter) which is next to a wall in which cracks are starting to appear.  Should we cut it right down to the base of the trunk or just the main branches (it splits into two)? 

    Any advice gratefully received.

    Cheers

    PC

  6. Thank you one and all for your imput!! Property found
  7. Hi, do you have what we need?

    A holiday rental from the 23 April to the 30th

    Area Dordogne, In village or near walking distance to at least one nice restaurant/bars etc

    Accommodation must have a double bedroom on the ground floor with en suite toilet/shower and must be wheelchair accessible. We also need 2 more double bedrooms (whatever floor), preferably en suite.

    In general the accommodation must be suitable for the disabled (1 pers). This could be two small gites or one larger house, pool not necessary.  Sky/Canal Sat tv would be a bonus, as would internet access via local isp or local internet cafe.

    Any suggestions gratefully received!

    Thanks in advance,

    Paul Carmel

  8. Hi Dave,

    The cost depends on time of year size of car or if on foot etc. One thing I can tell you, it is expensive to eat on the ferry and food is not very good so pack a picnic.

    Cheers

    PC

  9. Hi Miki,

    Point taken, Maybe that's why French Connections was wash out for us.

     

    Cheers

    PC

  10. Hi Miki,

    You're right, 75% of them don't bring in any bookings, but that's not the point - they all help with our own site ranking (5 out of 10 on Google at the mo  but the best paying one for us is www.holidayrentals.co.uk and the best free on is http://www.allerencorse.com/  And yes, we work hard at it and are constantly looking for new sites which takes a lot of time - but in the winter we are lucky that we have a lot of time on our hands and feel, for us, the effort and tediousness involved is worth it.

    Anyway back on topic, does Chez Nous work? I am more interested in their web site as opposed to the magazine.

    Cheers

    PC

    http://www.corsicanholidays.com

  11. Hi,

    Last year we tried to advertise with Chez Nous and were told no ( In a rather off hand fashion I might add )  because we are in Corsica, which as you all know is part of metropolitan France. Now they are starting a Corsican section and, oddly enough, they seem to want my business! Just how effective are they? We have our own site and are on over 100 or so others, some paying but most of them free......if they get the results I don't mind paying, but what is your experience?

     

    Cheers

    PC

  12. Hi,

    Any tips on buying towels?

    Cheers

    PC

  13. original post: 'What is the strangest request/question you have had while renting out?'

    Really . . . . all I'm doing is asking a perfectly reasonable question in a forum aimed at gite owners, who may therefore have had similar experiences. It was just for a bit of fun and to start a lighthearted and, who knows, maybe interesting thread.  It's not as if I was naming names or even intending to make fun of certain individuals (although believe me I could!). Anyway strange requests and questions can be exactly that, they don't have to be derogatory or laughable.

    But perhaps this isn't possible here . . .

  14. Take good look at this site http://www.419eater.com/forum/index.php  It will expaln nearly every scam in the book!!

     

    Cheers

    PC

  15. Hi all,

    What is the strangest request/question you have had while renting out? This year I was asked by a client "where can I go jogging?" 

     

    Cheers

    PC

  16. Hi Richard,

    Well we do live on the island, in Calvi, and hopefully we can answer some of your questions.

    First of all, there won't be any problem with your car reg. Be warned though that ferries at that time of year are quite sporadic, and at the moment there seems to be a big question mark over SNCM (other ferry co is Corsican Ferries).

    Depending on what you are interested in will depend on where you should go, if you have specific interests then we can try to point you more in the right direction. The island is extremely scenic and there are lots of great drives to do, and beautiful places to visit.

    However . . . . a few points which may be useful to bear in mind:

    At that time of year, many places (hotels, restaurants etc) will be closed so call in advance.  For example, Bonifacio is an amazing place but in Jan/Feb is a ghost town.

    The main roads are generally very good, well signposted etc, and the road up the east coast, while not very interesting, is a quick way to get from south to north. However, a lot of other roads are very windy and narrow, and while extremely scenic quite hairaising too!  Generally it takes a lot longer than you may think to get from A to B.

    Also at that time of year, in the higher parts of the island there will most likely be a good amount of snow, particularly around the Col de Vizzavona (between Corte and Ajaccio) which can quite often be closed, and you will need snow chains.

    Anyway hope this helps, and if you have any further questions please feel free!

    Cheers, PC

  17. I repeat if England was SOLD to the French would you stand up and be proud! me thinks not, this is exactly what the Genoese did to the Corsicans.

    PC

  18. Mary if England was sold to the French would stand up for the French national anthem? This is what happend to to the Corsicans.

     

    Cheers

    PC

  19. If you want to know more about history and some of these issues have a look at the following www.corsica-isula.com   or if you are thinking about a holiday have a look at this http://corsicanholidays.com

    As for a missing wife I don't blame her, I came and never left.

    Cheers

    PC

  20. I have lived in Corsica (Calvi) for 4 years now and I have to say I have never had any bother. If you show respect you will be respected!

    Cheers

    PC

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