During May and June I visited Rome, Florence, Venice, Munich, Bern, Bruges, Paris, Antwerp and Amsterdam. I blazed through untold museums and churches, sampled dozens of delicious beers and slept in more hotels than I can shake a stick at.
My favorite place was Venice and surrounding islands. Why? The beautiful light, rustic architecture, water and slow pace of life (no motor vehicles!) made it a photographer's dream. Just look down so you don't step in dog duty. Venetians love their hounds but don't pickup after them.
Finally, many of these thumbnails link to a mini photo blog with 3 or 4 related images, so scroll down to view all of them. Click thumbnails to enlarge.