DELPHINE | BONIFACIO

PORTRAITS

WITH DELPHINE PERRIN-BEAUMONT & ÉVARISTE

A longing to be elsewhere, a longing for something different, a longing to reinvent her life…

This is what Delphine did three years ago, when she made a U-turn and left Paris with her son Évariste. For him: oxygen at last, the natural world that he is learning more about every day, the constant and soothing presence of the ocean that naturally became his playground. For her: no more racing against time, no more stress, and a welcome to life on a human scale!

Delphine used to work for several ready-to-wear brands in Paris. She is specialized in knitwear, and later set up her own brand of deco objects for children, called Grampa Paris. She is currently working on a new project which she will reveal very soon. I’ve known Delphine since we were both students at Studio Berçot. I was immediately attracted by her gentleness and ultra-chic style. Today, a good decade later, I was eager to find out about her new life in Corsica. When I arrived, it only took me a few seconds to understand her decision to leave Paris. Delphine, still just as radiant, welcomes me to her home with its contemporary, chic decoration, located in the heart of the old town with a terrace overlooking the famous Strait of Bonifacio.

DELPHINE, TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRST WEEKS IN BONIFACIO?

Corsica is a long family love story and it is natural that I met there from the beginning an exeptionnel welcome even if it is never easy to create new landmarks. Today I feel like every day passed, every encounter I have made brought me closer to this place and to the people here, who, by the way, welcomed me with open arms.

WHAT IS A TYPICAL DAY IN YOUR LIFE HERE?

In Paris, I felt more and more frustrated because I was living in an environment that was against my convictions. I still feel the same when I visit Paris for work and I try to spent very little time in the city. When I go back to Bonifacio I know that I have made the right decision to move away.

My typical day in Bonifacio is probably very similar to those of many mothers around the world, but with that additional life quality, to live near nature and close to the sea. My day usually starts early and quiet, with a breakfast facing the Strait of Bonifacio and the familiar sounds of a village that wakes up. Then I bring Évariste to school and on my return it is according to my daily planning … I organize my time between work, daily obligations and pleasures. At 16:30 I get my son from school and it is not uncommon that we finish the day at the beach nearby. My living environment has become a top priority to me. Everything is optimized and chosen carefully.

CAN YOU REVEAL SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE PLACES?

I love to sit at Émilienne’s Café Niçois: it’s an institution and a real return to the past. Or to philosophizing and remake the world with Ange (Café Chez Ange facing the church), a delicate and cultured women who welcomes you in her poetic and refined universe.

Another beautiful place it the Hotel Version Maquis Citadelle where my mind wanders in front of this sublime view. Here, my thoughts wander and I free my mind for new ideas.

A very rare place in the middle of nature is the Sapa di Calle in Trinity. Here I enjoy the absolute calm and the view with a nice cold drink.

Café Niçois: 15 Rue Saint-Jean Baptiste | 20169 Bonifacio | France

Chez Ange: 3 Rue de la Loggia | 20169 Bonifacio | France

L’Hôtel Version Maquis Citadelle: Quartier Brancuccio Lieu dit Padurella | 20169 Bonifacio | France 

Sapa di Calle à la Trinité: Route de Sartène | 20169 Bonifacio | France 

THERE ARE MORE THAN 25 BEAUTIFUL BEACHES IN THE SOUTH OF CORSICA, WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE ONES?

The Paragan beach is a real small jewel, bordered to the right of red rocks and on the left of limestone. It’s a very magical place! But I can recommend also the Bombardier beach with its small path and crystal clear water facing the island of Cavallo.

DO YOU HAVE OTHER TIPS FOR OUR READERS?

Spend a day at the Sperone golf course which is one of the most beautiful places in Corsica.

Take a windsurfing lesson at Windsurf in Piantarella.

Eat an artisanal ice cream at the Rocca Serra Glacier (our favorite: Organic Lemon with Wild Mint).

A day trip to the Lavezzi Islands. But don’t forget to take a picnic and a cooler with cold drinks and a lot of water (there are no shops, no fresh water on the island).

Visit the caves and the the cliffs of Bonifacio by boat, it’s a classical but always a great adventure for children.

Golf de Sperone: Domaine de Sperone | 20169 Bonifacio 

Bonifacio Windsurf: Hameau de Piantarella | 20169 Bonifacio 

Glacier Le Rocca Serra: 17, Quai Jerome Comparetti ou 17, rue Doria | 20169 Bonifacio 

For excursions to the Lavezzi Islands or to visit the caves of Bonifacio, you can find boat excursion at the port of Bonifacio. http://www.spmbonifacio.com/

WHAT DOES YOU VALUE MOST IN LIFE?

Love in every sense of the word, but also the beautiful things and detail, people we work with, the one who nourishes trust. Love makes you deeply honest.

You can easily check out Delphine’s hotspots on the Google Map below and keep them saved for your next trip to Bonifacio.

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