Nikola Božidarević, Dubrovnik’s most famous painter only ever signed himself twice on his preserved paintings – as Nicolas Rhagusinus and Nicolo Raguseo – so his true identity was only discovered some two centuries after his death. His father Božidar Vlatković was himself a skilled painter with his own workshop in Dubrovnik and no...
Archive for month: May, 2016
I have been reading Bernard Berenson’s The Venetian Painters of the Renaissance (published in 1894) and I came across this piece which I found quite deep and interesting, so I thought I would share it with you. “The Renaissance had resulted in the emancipation of the individual, in making him feel...
In Assistens Cemetery Copenhagen, there is a rather unusual tombstone showing a many-breasted female figure which is dedicated to the natural philosopher and polymath Peter Christian Abildgaard. Abildgaard was a man of the Enlightenment who was interested in all branches of natural history, as reflected in the carvings. The...
Named after the rich Pinto family, this imposing classical style house today contains a public library with little-known superb painted ceilings. Fleeing the Inquisition against the Jews in Portugal, the Da Pinto family immigrated to The Netherlands at the very beginning of the 17th century. They set themselves up...
Throughout history the fascination with The Templars has carried many an imagination from Crusades, to the Holy Grail, to their final demise and the circumstances of their persecution. It would be hard to estimate the amount of literature – academic, popular, historical – that has been written about them,...
Giovanni Pontano (1458-1530) was a key figure in the court of Alfonso ‘the Magnanimous’ in Naples, and amongst the many early works he wrote for his patron was the long poem Parthenopeus (c.1450) which was a eulogy of sort to Bacchus and the restorative powers of wine. This was one of the first...
It is said in Catalonia that a master confectioner called Pablo Turrons invented the almond nougat (turrón) in Barcelona at the beginning of the 18th century, at the time of the War of the Spanish Succession. Using the only available foodstuffs, almonds and honey, he made a survivial ration...
Saint Teresa of Avila was called the “girl with the fiery spirit – an inspired blend of mystical power with down-to-earth common sense and quick wit. She is one of the most striking figures in the Roman Catholic Church. Together with Saint John of the Cross she gave Avila...
Do you know the story behind the black cat with the arched back that appears on the label above? Well here it is….. In the town of Zell, which is nestled on the upper Mosel River in Germany, there is a story told of a black cat and a superstitious...
Inaugurated in the 17th century, the sanctuary of Notre-Dame-de-Laghet at La Trinité near Menton has an exceptional collection of over 4,000 ex-votos distributed between the cloister, the church and, for the most precious among them, the museum. Unfortunately, the sanctuary was pillaged during the Revolution and since the the...
Welcome to my love affair with the food, wine, history and culture of the Mediterranean, past and present. Here you will find not only recipes, drinks and fabulous products, but the history of the food and culture of the Mediterranean.
My purpose is to get you to explore and experience new tastes and along the way to immerse yourself in the wonderful history of this diverse and wonderful region – from Venice to Istanbul, Rome to Dubrovnik, Athens to Crete and all places in between and in the surrounds. Be prepared to be surprised, delighted and enthralled as you take this trip with me.
- The Most Expensive Bottle of Wine Ever Broken??
- The Leaf
- Paklenica National Park, Croatia – rock-climbers paradise
- A wonderful Greek chicken dish to share – Kotopoulo Tiganito
- Risnjak National Park, Croatia
- The Siege – Arturo Perez-Reverte
- The architecturally beautiful dovecotes of Tínos
- Coniglio in agrodolce – Sweet & Sour Braised Rabbit
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