I just returned from an exciting two week tour of Italy. Naturally I am inundated with all of the pictures I took. Thankfully, there are many good ones, and many fond memories of a wonderful trip. I've spent the day trying to select a handful to make a book. This was quite a challenge. I don't seem to be able to get past our first three days in Venice. We received a Rick Steves book on Italy as a Christmas present from a dear friend who was planning a trip of her own. While the book was chock full of good information, we were somewhat overwhelmed with choosing which great things to see and do. I thought "I wish this Rick Steves would just offer a tour" and when I googled his name, I discovered that he does. (www.RickSteves.com) Not him personally anymore (although he still does do some tours) but he has a whole big company that provides tours all over the world. We were serenaded by this gentleman on an evening gondola ride. Everyone sang along.