Photography Retreat: The Holy Week in Puglia

13-23 april, 2019 This ten day workshop in visual storytelling will be focusing on the traditions and rites of the Settimana Santa, the Holy Week, in Puglia, and the subsequent Easter celebrations. Puglia is a region of unparalleled depth of religious traditions, with plenty of local variations and peculiarities. Participants will visit and photograph beautiful... Continue Reading →

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Ancient Roman dinner

I've been preparing a historic dinner from Ancient Rome, based on recipes from Apicius' cookbook De re coquinaria, with lots of good and organic ingredients from our own soil. Starting with conditum paradoxum, a sweet, wine-based aperitif, some Roman bread baked with bay leaves, moretum - a herb and garlic cream cheese, eggs in ovis... Continue Reading →

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Southern Italy for National Geographic

Last year, my husband and I published an article about the history of Islam in Southern Italy in the Italian edition of the National Geographic Magazine, which was published unter the title Quando Eravamo Arabi ("When we were Arabs"). Here is the English original text. Click here to see more photos. When the Andalusian traveler,... Continue Reading →

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Wine harvest

This year's wine harvest for a refreshing blend of Bianco d'Alessano, Verdeca and Malvasia bianca. An extraordinarily humid summer and some ugly hail have caused quite some damage, especially as we like to keep fungicides to an absolute minimum. But that's nature. We have to do some more work sorting out bad grapes. Cat Frodo... Continue Reading →

Dolphin watching

We went on a boat trip from Taranto with the Jonian Dolphin Conservation research association to watch dolphins in the Gulf of Taranto. It was really spectacular and therefore I really wanted to recommend it. By watching dolphins with Jonian Dolphin Conservation in the  you don’t only take a boat trip together with the marine biologists and volunteers who... Continue Reading →

Photography Retreat: Olive special

15-20 october 2018 22-27 october 2018 29 october – 3 november 2018 4-10 november 2018 Located in the Valle d'Itria in Puglia, Southern Italy, the retreat is an opportunity for photography passionates to improve their skills, reflect, present and exchange experience in a unique and inspiring place, within a small group of participants under the... Continue Reading →

Archery

Archery is a pleasant and relaxing sport. It has been practised forever, or so it seems. When did humans really start using bow and arrow? And how did all the different types of bows develop: recurve bow, flatbow, longbow (that's what I use), self bow, or the composite bow? Bow and arrow have been used by... Continue Reading →

A dinner fit for a knight

A medieval dinner featuring Apulian ingredients: A meat and mushroom pie, crepes with chicken cooked in spiced wine with apples, vegetables, fire roasted onions with verjuice and olive oil, cheese, pears poached in red wine, and bread baked from home grown wheat. Not to forget the wine, of course.  

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