it’s finally my turn: I own a castle and I will even have an office

Today it’s a turning point in my life. I have been waiting for this since 26 December 1996. On that day Ruurd, my husband, and I walked to the top of our beautiful hill in the snow. Here we fell in love with the incredible views of Assisi and the surrounding countryside. Despite the dilapidated aspect of the house, we bought it against the judgment … Continue reading it’s finally my turn: I own a castle and I will even have an office

liquore di rose

ROSE LIQUEUR In my previous life I used to trap smells. As a profession. I used to collected the elusive aroma of plants with complicated glass vessels and solvent washes. I  used the resulting extracts to test their behavior modifying effects. Capturing scents is science and art at the same time. A scent has to be collected at the right time  which can be based … Continue reading liquore di rose

Happy Easter Monday

Spring is such a crazy special time here. It’s cold, cold, cold. Then one day we wake up and all the little birds are loudly celebrating the first sun. They seem surprised just like us. Look, there’s flowers! forget-me-not! daisies! Isn’t it amazing, one gets surprised every year. Also we innkeepers get out of our cocoon. It’s been too cold to paint, plaster, vacuum, polish, … Continue reading Happy Easter Monday

the limoncello factory leftovers

My mom has always produced industrial quantities of limoncello.  A set of tiny crystal tumblers and a lovely bohemian bottle full of the golden liqueur  was a permanent installation in her living room. She did not make it for herself, she hardly ever consumed alcoholic drinks, but proudly offered it to all guests at all times of the day. Ok almost, a guest was allowed … Continue reading the limoncello factory leftovers