Jean and I took a trip to Venice in late June / early July (along with a day trip to Florence by train to see the David and the Ponte Vecchio). Oded Green and I had a paper accepted into the International Conference on Supercomputing 2012, and Jean decided we had to make a longer trip out of it. Venice is an absolutely beautiful city (especially in the evening and at night). We were there for more than a week in total. We saw more museums (from 15th century painting through avant-garde modern sculpture) and churches than I care to count, and I still feel like we didn’t quite see it all. I took roughly 1,800 pictures or so, but I figured no one wanted to look at that many and most of them weren’t very good.
For the record, the conference was also quite good. Interesting talks on everything from memory designs that dynamically eliminate redundancy to GPU modeling and applications to software stacks for resilience.