I want to say a very, very big Thank You to Girasoli, who set up my lovely new trip countdown meter (on the right.) Now that I'm down to just over a month until my September trip to Italy, it's exciting to watch the days (very) slowly count down.
The countdown meter's photo of Perugia, where I'll be staying for a week, is one of Girasoli's own shots from her 2005 visit to Umbria. Her photos from towns including Spello, Trevi, Gubbio and Perugia are fantastic (as always!) and I highly recommend a visit to her site: Shave Ice and Gelato (http://www.slowtrav.com/blog/girasoli/) for a look at her photos, old and new.
Thanks again so much, Girasoli, for my countdown meter. As it shows, I'll begin my holidays in September. I'll be flying into Florence, taking the train straight down to Assisi for a few days there and a few days in Bevagna, before heading to Perugia and finally, wrapping up this trip with a few days in Florence.
Friends are plannning a major renovation in their home while I'm on vacation and so they'll stay in my house while I'm away (and for a few days after I return) so I'll have house-sitters and they'll have a safe haven. The timing of this trip couldn't be better!