Article Photos: Twain then, us now, on Italian time travel trip 6/8

This July 15, 2012 photo shows Gondolas jockeying for position on the Grande Canale in the heart of Venice, Italy. To travel through northern Italy with a copy of Mark Twainâs 1869 â'The Innocents Abroad', his classic 'record of a pleasure trip'. It took him to the great sights of Europe and on to Constantinople and Jerusalem before he sailed home to New York. Such a trip would take far too big a chunk out of my holiday time. But, Milan, Florence and Venice, a mere fragment for Twain, was within my reach for a two-week vacation. (AP Photo/Raf Casert)