Winter in Umbria

Winter in Umbria

It is winter in Umbria and very quiet indeed. Many shops in Castiglione del Lago are closed until Carnival, or even until the end of February. My home town is semi deserted now. During the weekly market there are less stalls, many stay at home because of the colder weather. Fortunately my fruit and vegetable stall from Cortona, and my chicken stall from Montepulciano are always […]

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Epiphany, every year on the 6th January

Epiphany, every year on the 6th January

January 6, Epiphany is an important holiday in Italy. It is the day that the Three Kings brought gifts to Jesus. Traditionally it is the Befana who brings sweets and gifts to children in Italy on January 6th. That morning I had a training with my friends in Chiusi, Tuscany. During the Christmas holidays I only ran three times, hardly worth mentioning, so it was about […]

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Christmas in Castel Rigone Umbria

Christmas in Castel Rigone Umbria

It’s Christmas time! In many towns in Umbria there are cosy Christmas markets to buy souvenirs, taste local products and drink a warm glass of “vin brulè” mulled wine. Also in Castiglione del Lago, the small village where I live, the shops in the main street are filled with Christmas lights. Locals and craftsmen showcase and sell their products and local cuisine. This weekend I’ve been to the Christmas market […]

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Risotto ai Funghi Porcini recipe

Risotto ai Funghi Porcini recipe

Funghi porcini, or Boletus Edulis, is a wild mushroom which is not too difficult to find in the forests in Italy. Many go out to find these precious mushrooms, often just after the summer season in September and October. Once I accompanied a friend into the forest in Trentino to find funghi porcini. One fine Autumn day we started early in the morning in the […]

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Sara the Dachshund

Sara the Dachshund

Sara is a well know dachshund in Castiglione del Lago, Umbria. The owners of Sara have an Italian delicacy shop in the city centre, called La Dispensa del Lago. Every day you find the dachshund in the shop, hidden under a cupboard. But when somebody passes by to hug her, she runs in and out of the shop from happiness. I often pass by to play with Sara. La […]

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The best butcher of Castiglione del Lago "Burico Ottorino"

The best butcher of Castiglione del Lago "Burico Ottorino"

In Castiglione del Lago, Umbria you can still find butchers who choose and butcher Italian animals from a local farm. Many animals we eat in Italy come from abroad, like pigs from Holland or cows from France. We often eat meat from another country, especially meat we buy at the supermarket. But at Burico’s it is another story… I often buy my meat here. The hams, salami’s and what […]

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Spring in Umbria

Spring in Umbria

I am training for the Rotterdam marathon. I need to run long distances in this period. It is important that I follow my training schedule before running the marathon as well as eat and rest properly. With work and other responsibilities this is not always easy but I like it and I love running. The winter months in Umbria were cold and wet and I do not like running at […]

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A walk along the Trasimeno Lake

A walk along the Trasimeno Lake

We spent our holidays in Holland with friends and family. It seems ages ago, but it is only about 10 days ago that we came back to Umbria. Time flies when you are busy! The weather is very pleasant at the moment, chilly mornings but splendid sunshine during the day, a clear blue sky and birds twinkling. It is almost like spring, we even spotted the first […]

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il “Tegamaccio” del Trasimeno

il “Tegamaccio” del Trasimeno

This Sunday was a rainy day in Umbria. Friends of mine from Monaco came over for a short visit in Castiglione del Lago. What should you do on a rainy day? Eat and drink! I always go with friends to restaurant La Cantina. This is a good restaurant close to my apartment. But this time I wanted to taste something different. I asked my neighbors where […]

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Pasticceria Michele and Co

Pasticceria Michele and Co

Last week I went (again) for an espresso and a pastry to one of my favorite “pasticceria” in Castiglione del Lago, Michele & Co. I thoroughly enjoy this place and their pastries! Michele & Co is not in the historical center of Castiglione, but when you are in the Trasimeno area I’d recommend this pasticceria to everyone. All ingredients are fresh and all pastries, sandwiches and more […]

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