Today's cool temperature is a reminder that Fall and Winter are quickly approaching. My thoughts today turned to the wonderful trip we made to Italy (and Paris) for New Year's of this year. I can't believe so much time has already gone by! I was reminiscing of the wonderful week we spent in Italy during the Holiday season - a season I had never experienced before in Italy. In a short week, we did and saw so much. We started in Milan where we saw the beautiful holiday lights that really reminded you of the special season. Next was the bringing in of 2009 with my cousins in Sesto Calende (near Lago Maggiore) at the "Braziliano". And then from there, we took several day trips around the area: Santa Caterina del Sasso on Lago Maggiore, Cervinia for a day of skiing pleasure, Lago d'Orta with is beautiful island of San Giuglio, and Lago di Como (where we searched in vain for George Clooney's villa!!!) The week was magical - and then the huge snow fall they had (the biggest one since 1986) - made it even more of a fairy tale. Our unexpected trip to Paris (because we missed our connection to SFO) was an added delight. It was the perfect ending to an already perfect trip! See for yourselves the magic we experienced!