Wednesday, August 17, 2011

I get to use my passport!

Finally after 13 years of having one, I get to use my passport in a few weeks!

I originally obtained a passport to travel to England with Brian, but then I became pregnant with Abby and was sick, sick, sick. Last year I almost got to use it to go to Japan, but then Rachel became engaged and that trip (scheduled a week before the wedding) was no longer feasible for the mother-of-the-bride.

This time Brian has meetings in Geneva, Switzerland and I am going with him! He has wanted to take me to Italy ever since he traveled there a few years ago so we are venturing to Venice and Rome as well. We'll be in each city two (maybe three) days each.

I don't know how to DO Europe. What do I pack? What do I wear? What MUST I eat? What MUST I see? Any and all tips are needed.

I DO know that I won't be packing this guy along:

24 comments:

didianu725 said...

(this is Diana Carlson btw) I love Switzerland and Italy! I'm so excited for your trip. The best thing I would say is bring good walking shoes and make sure you have opportunities to eat lots of chocolate, cheese and Gelato! ENJOY! (i'll travel in your suit case too if I can!)

Laura@livingabigstory said...

I'm so with you -- Doc is going to Marseilles (alone) at the end of the month; last fall, he went to Rome (alone). I have yet to go with him either.

You've given me hope that (someday) I may be able to go with him too.

Lisa @ Pulsipher Page said...

How exciting!! I've never been to Europe before so I don't really have any advice. I'd say take lots of pictures and don't worry about calories. Just enjoy the food!

And This Is My Joy said...

Julie.. I'm sooooo excited for you... have a wonderful trip!

Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust said...

How wonderful! At least you HAVE a passport! I'm still trying to get around to getting one {then maybe I'll leave the country!}. Have a great time.

Warmly, Michelle

Saimi said...

The cat is cracking me up! Wow, what to pack? That's a tough one. How about comfortable shoes as you'll be doing a lot of walking. The weather is humid this time of year so summer clothes.

You're going to EUROPE!!! Have fun and take lots of pictures!!

Ginger said...

That is SO exciting! I can't wait to see what pictures you get and see what you do and where you go!

And I love the cat in the bag. :)

Fine Art by Jennifer said...

Yes, good walking shoes, AND make sure you bring a light rain jacket. I wish I could remember the wonderful pastry shops I went to, but just take a gander in every single one so you can form an opinion! There's lots to see! My sister knows Geneva well. I'll ask her about that. But the other places have obvious attractions to go to!

Sue said...

How exciting!

Good, comfortable shoes are most important. And a light rain jacket with a hood!

Have fun...

=)

Cherie said...

That is exciting! I'm so happy you get to go!!
We toured Europe for the second time 2 years ago for our
25th Wedding Anniversary and as part of that we went all over Italy. I absolutely LOVED Venice - it is completely romantic! The key in Venice is getting a nice hotel with a nice view! Also, there are so many little Trattoria's in Venice that are so lovely and great for people watching. I hope you love fish because it is SO fresh in Italy.
Rome is spectacular - there is so much to see it is almost overwhelming - Do not miss the Trevi fountain and the old city!
Eat lots and lots of gelato and have fun!!
You can check out our trip on my blog 2 years ago (June) if you want to see some of what you might be seeing to plan.

OHHHH I am so excited for you!!!!!!

Julie Harward said...

How fun, I am so happy for you! I think the cat really wants to go too though. I was packing like that once and turned around to find my little dog in my bag and I knew he wanted to go with me. I didn't know pass ports expire, took mine in to renew my drivers license and it had expired. Wish I was going somewhere exciting..have a great trip! :D

Marianne said...

YAHOO!!! A stamp in your passport!! I'm so glad you get to go on such a fun trip, and at such a perfect time of year, too. I've never been to Italy or Switzerland, so I have no advice, except to just enjoy every single second you're there!!

Have a GREAT time, Julie!!

Garden of Egan said...

I am so excited for you!!!!
Totally excited!

I have no idea what to tell you to pack. I got my very first passport a couple of months ago, ya know just in case. Well, it is unused and no plans to use it either.

I think I'm gonna squeal for you though!

Valerie said...

What a fun dream come true. Never been so I can't help you with advice, but have fun for me while you're there. :)

Valerie said...

My only advice is take lots of hand sanitizer and don't get sick! ;)
Kidding aside~ what a wonderful opportunity. Hope you have a fabulous time and post lots of pictures for us to ooh and ahh over!

Shannon said...

Never been to Europe, but it sounds like fun. Have a GREAT time!

Dixie Mom said...

A power converter and adapter. Got to have them.

Dean and Sheri said...

I am SO happy for you, Julie. Have a wonderful time. You are so good with the camera, so I can't wait to see your photos. We packed along some trail mix, breakfast bars, etc. What we really could have used was a case or two of bottled water. We went in early September. It was quite toasty. And DO NOT pass up a Gelati stand. Lemon was my personal fav.
Buon Biaggio!

Dean and Sheri said...

Sorry...Viaggio! B is too close to the V. =)

Mom to Many said...

Comfy sandals....

Lesa said...

That is exciting travel news, enjoy every minute!

Marvett Smith said...

How exciting!!! I don't have any travel trips except to take your camera and lots and lots of pictures! I want to see it all when you come back!

Wendys Hat said...

Lucky you! When traveling abroad I learned to dress in layers and be prepared for unexpected weather changes. Have a blast!

Deila said...

Oh, wow, how much fun. I too have not made any of those trips. Still hoping.