Of course, packing is not simple when you are juggling eight passports, two for each of us, and three currencies. Thankfully I had a Thirty-One wallet that I had ordered ages ago and never used and it suited this trip really nicely! It had three compartments, each with its own zipper and card slots, so I could organize by American stuff (driver's license, military id, currency), Egyptian stuff (diplomatic id, Egyptian driver's license, and currency) and Euros. Phew! It's bonkers packing for four people anyway, but when you need a specialized wallet.... Oy!
We flew in and out of Milan and it was a breeze. The airport was practically empty, so we sailed through customs and baggage claim. The car rental process was excruciatingly long, over three hours, but soon we were off and driving on real roads with lanes and everything! ;)
Our first nights we stayed in Verona, which is now one of my favorite cities in Italy. It was immaculate, picturesque, and the food was terrific. We took it easy on ourselves this trip and instead of seeing every site listed in the travel books, we wandered and just spent time together.
We also took some time to go to Soave, Vicenza, and Venice. It was a lovely trip, and the apartments we rented from Airbnb were just lovely. It's definitely my favorite way to travel. It's so nice to stay in quiet neighborhoods, and to have a living room to retire in after the kids go to bed. So far, all of our hosts have stocked the kitchens with treats or wine or even freshly baked Italian bread.
Here are some of my favorite photos of the trip. It was a welcome break from the hustle of Cairo!
*If you would like to take a trip with Airbnb, you can click the link above and we both get $25 in credit. Win win!