Still trying to figure out where to begin. Let’s start off by mixing up a drink. Always a good beginning. I’d say it’s about the right time of year for something cozy, no?
There is so much to do! So much to talk with you about! Perhaps the first topic should be the place itself: because I have only just opened the gate, you as an early visitor are seeing it before its full glory. Most of the categories (“rooms”) are yet empty. Allow me to explain what’s happening by way of a tour:
Welcome to Aphrodisia! I am Giovanni, and this is my garden and villa. You saw the inscription on the gate on the way in, yes? It was on the gate of Epicurus’ garden and matched so well I just had to duplicate it. Now, Epicurus had some interesting things to say, but in this garden our approach to life is quite different. I am not an epicurean, but a sybarite. He taught metaphysics and philosophy, and served water and barley-meal. Here, we discuss poetry and cookery, sex and sensation, and enjoy the most lush and delicious food and drink. And the overlap of all these topics is to be found in its name: Aphrodisia.
Clearly, it is not for everyone. If it is not for you, go in peace, and may you find happiness in your path! If, on the other hand, you would explore the flavors and entertainments that wait in the fragrant shadows of my villa, I bid you welcome.