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The ice cream shop

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Our next location search took us to Place Pascal Pauli . This is a wonderfully open town square, with a beautiful church, and many cafés and restaurants. Local people played pétanque beneath the shade of the venerable platane trees. A handful of tourists looked on while they enjoyed a coffee, a beer or some ice cream. So it was with great enthusiasm, stemming from our success at the pier, that we scanned the establishments along the southern edge of the square for an ice cream parlour. To our surprise there on the corner close to where we stood was La Glacier. As a reminder - the reason for this interest in finding an ice cream seller was to attempt to identify both the person in the photo and the exact location. Once again without any hesitation Uli made a direct path to the doorway of La Glacier and engaged the gentleman standing there in conversation. “Excuse me sir, I’m sorry but I do not speak French”, in what I would find to be a recurring mantra throughout our expedition! The

Finding our first location .. and clues to the next

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The pier at  L'Île-Rousse in April 2024 © Grasshopperisland.net So where to start on our quest for filming locations? Luckily some years ago Uli had asked the author of Grasshopper Island - Joy Whitby - if she recalled where the filming had taken place all those years ago. Joy explained how the island of Corsica came to be selected. Frank Muir was a friend of hers and had suggested Corsica as the ideal location. Its sunny climate and the happy fact that he owned a holiday home there was instrumental in bringing the Grasshopper Island production to Corsica. Frank Muir would play the part of rival grasshopper expert Dr. Hopper and the cast and crew would stay in rented accommodation in the locality. Joy was able to recall that Franks home was in a village high above the idyllic French seaside town of L'Île-Rousse. Although she could not recall the exact name of the village, she did remember that the beach scenes took place close to L'Île-Rousse. The s

The Adventure begins

“ Adventure is the important thing. I’m always saying it to Cecil. And Cecil agrees with me. ” - The Elderly Boy We are proud to announce that our adventure has begun! We have finally landed on Grasshopper Island. Since we arrived we have had the opportunity to meet amazing local people who have helped us with our expedition.  In the next few days we will be searching far and wide to identify and visit as many of the places that Toughy, Smarty and Mouse discovered when they landed on Grasshopper Island.  Please come back and join us as we explore - we will have lots to share in the coming days!    1 - Finding our first location   2 - The Ice Cream Shop Then and now: Mr Button on "the mainland"

Blue Button Expedition 2024 !

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 Coming April 24th 2024 - A New Adventure !