Ah....Venice! Yes, the food is expensive in restaurants! If you order fish, you pay by the gram and they weigh the whole fish not just the filets! To find reasonable food you have to burrow deep into the back quarters, away from the tourists and even then maybe the best deal is to stand at a bar and have a little glass of wine and some chicchetti (Venetian tapas). It costs more if you sit at a table. You can put together a nice little lunch without mortgaging your house. You can always hit one of the open-air markets (Rialto's is awesome) for fruits and veggies, grab some cheese in a shop, bread at the bakery and you have a simple lunch. Not so simple where to eat it though! Can be difficult to find public places to sit down. I was amused by the sign on a bench that said it was reserved for residents only. France! Yes, French tolls are high, but the superhighways are excellent surfaces. It's too bad your hosts did not live in the south! Would have been much warmer on the SE Med coast. And in Croatia how did you miss Pula? Best Roman theater in the world....so says Neda @lightcycle!! Ha ha! Looking forward to the next chapter....and thanks for all the work you put into this report!