Right on cue. Springtime, every year, gives me the itch to begin researching and reading wonderful articles and blogs on Mediterranean travel. Italy is always on the top of the list. I blame Frances Mayes for that. Her simply delectable books on this very subject, allows the reader to be transported. The impossibly fresh tomatoes, aromatic thyme, and basil from the garden. Not to mention the ever-so-fragrant lavender, sun-kissed roses, and the sweet smelling citrus blossoms from the hillside.