We went to San Diego to visit Keith and Bridgette. Wasn’t quiet as warm as we were hoping for but we did miss a snow storm back home so that was awesome. We also got to meet up with Clara at a winery that is kind of between San Diego and Los Angeles. We had lots of fun and can’t wait to go again next year.
I was super excited to be wearing sandals.
We did a brewery tour. Donny and Keith enjoyed some beer.
We meet up with Clara and did some wine tasting.
Enjoyed some time at the beach. It was a bit windy and not that warm but we still had fun.
We went to Italy for 10 days (2 of the days being travel days) and here’s what I brought. I tried to keep it simple and not pack to much but still feel like I had enough outfit choices. We where in Italy at the end of July and the weather was quiet hot. We decided to bring one big bag and one carry on bag. It worked out but next time I think we would just bring two carry on size bags.
Due to a flight delay and airplane change we didn’t get our checked bag for several days. Fortunately we put some backup clothes in our carry on bag so wasn’t too big of a deal.
Here’s everything I brought. I didn’t wear the pants it was way to hot. The only pair of shoes I wore were my Birkenstock. I did not need any fancy clothes so I didn’t wear the Amelia dress, the coral lace shirt or the sandal heels. We left our hotel room in the morning didn’t come back until after dinner so there wasn’t any outfit changes during the day.
I would recommend bring dresses and shirts that have sleeves and that cover your knees because many of the churches and religious buildings don’t allow your shoulders or knees being exposed. I carried a light scarf in my purse so that I would have something to cover my shoulders when I did wear a tank top.
Travel Day Outfit: Chambray button down from Target. Gray shirt from Target. Olive green shorts from Target.
Day 1: Travel day outfit since we arrived around 12pm Italy time
Day2: Polka Dot shirt–thrifted and olive green shorts from Target
Florence (we didn’t get our bag the afternoon of day 2)
Day 1: Navy tank top form Target and maxi shirt thrifted.
Day 2: Polka Dot shirt–thrifted and olive green shorts from Target
Day 3: Stripped dress form Target
Day 1: T-shirt dress from Target
Day 2: Thrifted shirt and olive green shorts from Target
Day 3: Lularoe Carly
Travel Day: I wore my black dress from Old Navy that is just like the gray striped one with my chambray button down from Target and my Birkenstock
Day 1: We took the train from Florence to Rome…it was running 2.5 hours late. Good thing we didn’t have any set plans this day. Our hotel was about a mile from the train station, which was a long walk with our bags. After we got settled in our hotel we walked around the city seeing the Pantheon and the Trevi Fountain. The metro made it quiet easy to get around from our hotel. Walked 16,141. 2 espressos. 1 gelato.
Day 2: We had our ancient Rome tour in the afternoon which was very hot. Even our guide was hot. We went inside the Colosseum, walked around Palantino, and saw the Roman Forum. Unfortunate part of the metro was closed so we had to do some extra walking. Walked 24,568 steps. 2 espressos. 1 gelato.
Tip: Get water at the markets or bring a water bottle to fill up from the fountains around the city. Don’t buy water from street vendors…they refill bottles they collect from trash.
Day 3: We went to the Vatican City. Toured the church in St. Peters Square, walked through the Vatican museum, saw the Sistine chapel with Michelangelo art on the ceiling (you aren’t allowed to take pictures). After the Vatican City we went back to the hotel to rest and get ready for our Rome at Night tour. We saw the Trevi Fountain, Colosseum, St. Peter’s basilica, Presidential Palace, and several popular restaurant and shop areas of the city. Great way to end our Italy trip. Walked 26,441 steps. 2 espressos. 2 gelatos.
Travel Day: Going home. We got up at 6am Italy time and arrived home 4am Italy time. After our 9 hour flight from Rome to Dulles and our 3.5 hour flight from Dulles to Denver we got home and went straight to bed. We had an amazing trip and can’t wait for the next one.
We booked out trip through Gate 1 Travel and would highly recommend using them. We choose the Independent package where they booked the flights, hotels and travel between cities which was super nice that I didn’t have to figure out how to plan all that and try to figure out what hotels to choose in each of the cities. Along with the things they book you have optional guided tours you can do and having those options were amazing because it gave us something to do in each city with out having to plan everything or have everything planned for us.
Day 1: We rode the train from Venice to Florence. Walked around the city a bit taking it all in. Didn’t have any set plans this day. Walked 16,332 steps. 2 espressos. 2 gelatos. No Bag.
Day 2: Walking tour in the morning where we went to the Piazzale Michelangelo which has amazing views of the city, dell’accademia art gallery where Michelangelo’s original David statue is and walked around the Piazza del Duomo learning about some of the church’s history. After the walking tour we went to the Duomo museum, inside the church and baptistry, and climbed to the top of the bell tower. We also went and saw Ponte Vecchio which is where houses were build on a bridge. Now there are shops there. Walked 17,856 steps. 1 espresso. 1 gelato. Our bag arrived! Sometime in the afternoon after we had left the hotel for the day.
View from Piazzale Michelangelo
Michelangelo’s original David statue
Ceiling inside the baptistry
View from the bell tower
Our bag arrived! There were so many tags on it.
Day 3: We took the train from Florence to Pisa which was about an hour away. We saw the Leaning Tower of Pisa and had lunch in the town before heading back to Florence. We went to the Boboli Garden, had delicious chocolate cake for snack and went to a tiny wine shop where we ended up buying olive oil and a bottle of wine to bring home. For dinner we ate at a little cafe that had happy hour which, started at 6pm, and included a drink and snack tray….super yummy. Walked 23,309. 4 espresso. 2 gelatos.
Chocolate cake snack
Happy Hour dinner. We got a ravioli dish too.
Our first stop was Venice. We flew from Denver to Newark and then we were supposed to go from Newark to Venice. Because of delays in Denver we ended up missing our flight in Newark and got rerouted on a flight to Germany then off to Venice. Because of this flight change our checked bag did not make it to Venice thankfully we had planned ahead and had emergency clothes in our carry-on so not a big deal assuming we would get our bag the next day.
Our first day in Venice we were very tired from travel and time change. We walked around a bit, took and nap and went to bed at 7pm. I think this really helped us adjust to the time change well.
We took a water taxi from the airport to our hotel.
The view from our hotel
Day two in Venice we had morning walking tour and the main attraction was St. Mark’s Basilica. We walked around the city, and did an evening gondola ride.
We had 2 gelatos each, Donny had 4 single espressos, and we walked 24,090 steps. And still no bag.
I used the One Second Everyday App to capture our trip in video. Love that it is short and something I could see myself watching again in the future.
To celebrate our 10 year anniversary Donny and I went to Italy! We went to three cities….Venice for 2 days, Florence for 3 days and Rome for 3 days. And while we were in Florence we took the train over to Pisa. We booked our trip through Gate 1 Travel, which was amazing, they took care of the flights, hotels, travel between cities and the guided tours we did. Highly recommend using them. We had the most amazing time on our trip, walked a ton (our main mode of transportation), ate gelato multiple times at day, had delicious espresso and cappuccinos daily (no Starbucks in Italy), and we can’t wait to go back and see more of Europe.
Our first gelato (coffee and lemon)