This is my college roommate Eileen, who we stayed with in Boston. I hadn't seen her since graduation four years ago. She's the same as ever! (Apologies to all the other friends we visited who didn't get a photo. Up to this point in the trip I'd been worried about running out of memory space on my camera. In Boston the Snook and I decided to rectify the situation by buying an additional 256MB card.)
Me, Rodd, and Eileen...
On our last day in Boston we went to the Sam Adams brewery for a tour. I highly recommend this if you're in town. It's free, it's short, and you get to taste three kinds of beer afterwards. Plus they let you keep the glass! We had a great time.
Next we flew to London where we spent a few days catching up with friends. I also took the Snook to the Tower of London since he'd never been. Here he is getting close to one of the famous ravens.
After London we flew onwards to Venice for the touristy part of the trip. We arrived in the evening, had some dinner, and got a good night's sleep in preparation for tackling the city. The next day we travelled by vaporetto (ferry) to Murano, which is sort of an island suburb of Venice. It's where all the famous glassblowers live and work. This was my first view of it.
Good grief. I don't know why I bother trying to take self-portraits.
After Murano we went to Burano, another small island known for lace-making. It's also got a crazy leaning belltower at this church.
Burano is so twee and beautiful. The houses are all painted different bright colors.