Everything is now planned - apologies for the lack of blogging, but the amount of time I have spent booking travel and accommodation has left precious little over for the usual day to day stuff and now I am immersed in a packing dilemma. Obviously it is Italy so I have to look effortlessly stylish but that has to be within the limitations of flying with Ryanair and the tiny baggage allowance, that plus the fact that the weather forecast for the week looks like everything except snow - my daughter was in Florence last week and was suffering heat exhaustion in a vest and jeans, whilst the locals were parading around in boots, coats and hats!
So - how many pairs of sunglasses? Whilst I have this theory that if I don't take any, the sun will shine so much I will have to buy some, I do have an extensive collection gathered over the years which begins with Raybans from the eighties and ends with Oliver Goldsmiths "Sophia" (I do actually own the goggle-ish white pair - bought in Amsterdam after inhaling some second hand smoke I think! and however on trend they are, they simply do not suit me). Now you can understand why the packing is taking so long when I can't even make a simple decision about sunglasses, don't get me started on heels and comfy shoes, or dressy for the evenings, or how many handbags is reasonable?