Just saw your note on cruising and missing your son. Am taking my 13 year old nephew this summer on a 12 day British Isles & or Med cruise and am considering going on another in 2003 with him. I get GREAT deals through a family member who works on a cruise line. I also like to study and discuss history with my nephew, but am happy to be on my own too. Why not book a 4 person cabin with us and bring your son? I tutor students individually on these cruises, so it's a win-win situation (child care is tax deductible). The only big expense is airfare, but there are good deals from the east coast to Rome. I also have a GREAT CHEAP place in Rome to stay - the Sisters of Notre Dame have a guest house and it's wonderful.
Let me know if a next year schedule is possible.