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The Magic Aura of a Historic Home 

Image: porter-translation.deAn aura is elusive and impossible to manufacture. Places have it or they don't. An atmosphere depends on so many elements, the personalities involved, the character of the space, the urban environment, history. A friend of mine bought a slightly run-down medieval house, a former tavern in the historic center of Luebeck. The historic pub was located just inside the ancient city walls feeding medieval merchants. He moved there and successfully renovated the building over the past years to make it his family home. The result is not only a tasteful residence and office but a place with a genuine character. I was imagining historic tavern guests with their respective stories passing through this very place for centuries - their invisible presence giving this house a special, added dimension. Maybe something we call soul.

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