Sorry for the radio silence since I returned from K'zoo - and all I can promise is that it will continue until the end of the month, because tomorrow evening - in a flurry of flip flops, beta blockers (ya'll know how I hate to fly), and probably a beer or two, the Dutchman and I will board an Air France flight on the first leg of our trek to Tuscany!
We stay in the Tuscany house for a week eating, drinking, and sightseeing with 8 friends from the Netherlands and then El D (note the switch to Italian already!) and I will head to Paris for a romantic 4 days all to ourselves. This will involve croissants, cafe au lait, large quantities of wine, canoodling, and me refusing to go up in the Eiffel Tower.
I will report on everything fully after we get back on May 31 - including lots of pictures! But, until then, what can I bring everyone from Tuscany?? (I'm sorry to say that these will be virtual presents - i.e., I'll see the thing - say, a maserati - and declare, "That one's for so and so!" I don't start getting paid until the end of August!)
So, think of your favorite Italian (or Parisian) things and let me know! My mother, who loves the movie Under the Tuscan Sun, has asked that I bring her back one of these:
This gorgeous critter is Raoul Bova, Italian actor and all-around foxy eye-candy.
So, until we return, "Ciao!", "A bientot!", and "Pray for no turbulence!"