In ten days, we will be off to Europe for a two week trip with stops in Istanbul (if my wife doesn't cancel that leg because of riots in the streets), Venice, Santa Margherita, and Cinque Terre. While we often travel with friends and family, this time it's just the two of us. The anticipation of the trip got me thinking about other trips which were largely financed by taking groups of students and adults through a student travel company. We haven't had to resort to this for a number of years now, thank God, although there are many fond memories. I think it's important to include at least a few photographs during a trip to give a sense of not only place, but time as well. In the second photograph we can see Princess Di. "Free, rich, and unhappy" screams the headline of Paris Match. At bottom, my late mother is reading the paper in Edinburgh, Scotland, again more headlines about the Royal family. The top photograph is of a restaurant in Murano, an island in the Venetian lagoon, and lastly, the London Eye at the top of its orbit.