Saturday, August 30, 2008

SOTD: Ambre et Vanille

Today I am wearing E. Coudray's Ambre et Vanille, the weather has cooled, and well after this week I am treating myself to an autumnal delight. It reminds me of Noire Vanille du Mexique by La Maison de la Vanille, but what really intrigues is the Ambre et Vanille's heart of ylang ylang, it seems so rare to encounter ylang ylang as a prominent note, but here it shows it's lovely beauty.

On to a different subject now:

I suspect I have always been fascinated by Italy, about 4 years ago I took a trip there and remember it fondly, and I would say my cooking repetoire features the most influence from Italian cuisine. Lately I have found myself reading about Italy in the most varied ways. Years before this I had read Susan Vreeland's The Passion of Artemisia and in my youth had an utter obsession with the Roman Empire. It began last year with A Venetian Affair by Andrea di Robilant, preceeded by Sarah Dunant's In the Company of the Courtesan (taking place in Venice also), followed up by Sarah Dunant's The Birth of Venus (taking place in Florence), a brief break and then I was back to Venice with John Berendt's The City of Falling Angels, and then last night in one sitting I read Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi's The Monster of Florence and well to put it this I don't know what frightened me more after reading this the Kafkaesque Italian legal system or the serial killer known as The Monster of Florence, I will say this now that true crime stories art not my usual forte but this was riveting. I suspected I read it because of the comparison to The City of Falling Angels. The irony is I was ready to fall in love with Florence when I went to Italy only to find myself kind've annoyed with it, instead I ironically ended up loving its renaissance rival Sienna.

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image: Il Doni della Terra by Luciano Ventrone 2008

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