Tonight I fly to Italy where I'll spend a few days in Florence, about a week biking in Tuscany and then finish with a few days in Rome. This week I read Under the Tuscan Sun which did a good job describing what its like to live in Tuscany from an American perspective. It sounds like a wonderfully relaxing and beautiful place and I can't wait to experience the place, the culture, the people and of course the food and wine! And, the weather forecasts for Florence and Rome have all been promising - temperatures in the high 60s/low 70s, mostly sunny and very little wind.
Hopefully I'll be able to find an occasional internet cafe so I can post photos and updates as the journey progresses.