Since the anticipated New Zealand working vacation didn't pan out, the girl and I will be recreating for a fortnight in Italy instead. More specifically, a week in Venice and a week in Rome from July 1st and forward.
It's amazing how easy it is to book vacations through the net. And even to bargain: Mary pushed an asking price of 130 Euro on one of the hotels down to a clean one hundred with a single email. So it's worth trying to initiate a personal contact before just accepting the offers of the booking engines.
Anyway, we're very much open to suggestions for places to go, spots to see, and restaurants to dine. Got any?