My idea of a perfect vacation is to rent a barge in Troy and cruise either the Champlain or the Erie Canal. You can bring food and cook all the meals you want, and just eat out as an event, not a necessity. That means just unpack once for the week (2 weeks - in my dreams!) and putter away. I envision bringing along a bicycle and a canoe for side trips, and a keyboard to keep my traveling companion amused. And, of course, a stack of books to catch up with. That sounds like a perfectly languid and peaceful cruise through history to me. Why am I the only one I know who thinks that?