The 5th Element: Jardin de France

“In the beginning there was earth, wood, stone, metal and leather…” These are the primal elements according to Mr. Bertrand Sonnier, owner of this artisan perfumes company for twenty years. The work of Jardine de France began more than 100 years ago in Amboise: still manufacturing, still featuring an in-house perfumer – Justine Brivet, always… Continue reading The 5th Element: Jardin de France

Te voglio bene assaje! Luigi Borrelli Napoli Royal Collection

„Recordate lo juorno ca stive a me becino, e te scorréano, ‘nzino, ‘e llacreme, accossì. Deciste a me: “Non chiagnere, ca tu mio sarraje”. Io te voglio bene assaje e tu nun pienze a me.“ Te voglio bene…assaje! I love you very much. Sounds familiar? It’s Napoli, Italia. One of the songs that make me… Continue reading Te voglio bene assaje! Luigi Borrelli Napoli Royal Collection

What’s Up In Da City: Grasse, Part II – Olfactory Encounters

I was here in Grasse two years ago and upon my arrival this August I noticed some changes. This famous medieval town in southern Provence – the perfume capital of the world – is looking (at the first glance) same as ever, on the outside, especially in the old part of the city. Yes, Jasmine… Continue reading What’s Up In Da City: Grasse, Part II – Olfactory Encounters

What’s Up In Da City: The Island of Rab

Rab/Arba is a small island, 22 km long and located in the northwestern part of the Adriatic Sea/Croatia, very easy accessible from Rijeka or Zagreb. When you reach the ferry port Stinica, it’s a ten minutes ferry ride to Rab. When you approach the island, first what you see is mostly barren terrain -karst on… Continue reading What’s Up In Da City: The Island of Rab

Joy, Daughter from Elysium: Atelier des Ors White Collection Review

“Joy, beautiful spark of the gods, Daughter from Elysium, We enter, drunk with fire, Heavenly One, thy sanctuary! Your magic binds again What convention strictly divides;* All people become brothers,* Where your gentle wing abides.” – Friedrich Schiller Oh what a joy: Friedrich Schiller for a read, Beethoven for my ears, Klimt for my eyes…and… Continue reading Joy, Daughter from Elysium: Atelier des Ors White Collection Review

What’s Up In Da City: Barcelona!

Every time I think about Barcelona I hear Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballe (Barcelona! It was the first time that we met…Barcelona! How can I forget!), see broken pieces of colorful ceramic tiles forming a big lizard, I feel sea salt touching fingertips of Christopher Colombo high up on his monument and hear parrots nesting… Continue reading What’s Up In Da City: Barcelona!