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

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an enchanted house: Palazzo Bourbon di Sorbello in Perugia

I’ve always had a fascination for old houses. When I was a child the Umbrian countryside was full of abandoned houses, castles, hamlets. Now they have all been renovated into anything from humble agriturismo to fancy spa retreats. My parents loved to picnic near old houses. If they were safe to walk into, we would… Continue reading an enchanted house: Palazzo Bourbon di Sorbello in Perugia

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spiced persimmon and orange jam

PERSIMMONS. I better hurry up and pick them before the frost makes them burst. Every autumn it’s the same story. We first have a brief spell of leaf glory, when the proverbial Umbrian green turns to golden and red. Then rain comes, more rain than we want. Everything becomes gray except the persimmons. You see… Continue reading spiced persimmon and orange jam

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cool inkeepers cook

FARROTTO. I am a lucky woman. I am blessed by lots of lovely friends in all corners of the world. Many have all sort of interesting professions and hobbies. Some of my coolest friends, Diana, Corinna, Giulia, Gloria, Rebecca, are innkeepers, just like me. We are the new career girls, we have first gone  into… Continue reading cool inkeepers cook