The coast of Portugal and Spain or the hills of Tuscany and Rome/Vatican City?
I was thinking about your family while reading Dan Jones' Crusaders. I didn't know that before 1100AD, for a time, Sicily was majority Muslim for a period of time. Christians took it over in one of the "pre-Crusade" wars that really had less to do about religion and more about power. At that time Muslims could live in Christian areas in peace if they paid an extra tax (and vice versa).
I enjoyed your article but I'm giving a little warning. Don't put off too long doing the trip or whatever it is you want to do with your husband. I walked that walk with my husband. We did take some of the trips we wanted but kept putting off several of them. My husband contracted cancer which we were totally unprepared for and I am now a widow. I don't want to frighten you but please don't procrastinate too long. Take care and keep writing. Lois G. Powell