The California State Fair just left town but not before we were able to stop by! We heard that Smashmouth (the inner kindergarten, Shrek loving me was screaming) was headlining the performances for the night so we just had to go. It was convenient for us because the state fair was in Sacramento and I was excited to check out it out because I had never been to one before! It is definitely much bigger than the county fair that I use to go to when I was younger.
The first thing we encountered when we got through the gates was the ginormous “food court” full of all of the fried food, tacos, and desserts you could dream of. We decided it was best to go ride the rides before stuffing our faces on the enticing fair food. It was like a million degrees outside and we thought we might be melting. It probably wasn’t our best idea to go during the hottest part of the day when the fair is all on asphalt. By the time we finally got to the area with the rides, we were riding them for the wind and relief from the heat. We had to ride the Ferris wheel, the swings, and the zip line that they had going from one part of the park to the other.
After we rode all of the rides we went and got a beer to sit and cool off from the heat. We had around 30 minutes until Smashmouth was coming on to perform so we just took that time to chill in the area with the fans and misters (it was much needed, I was legit melting). As expected, Smashmouth was amazing and just like I remembered from the late 90’s/early 2000’s. We had worked up quite the appetite and that called for avocado feta fries and fried oreos & they did not disappoint! On our way out we passed a photobooth area and we had to do it! Overall, the fair was so fun & I am already looking forward to attending next year!
Top// Amuse Society
Skirt// Forever 21
Shoes// Steve Madden
Bag// Rebecca Minkoff
I just wanted to share a couple tips & tricks on things to do before going to Europe and traveling to Milan, Italy. I’ve included the place we stayed & most of the things we did with some quick reviews on them! Hope you enjoy!
Before Boarding the Plane:
- Passport// You can’t get on the plane without one so make sure you know where yours is and the expiration date on it! I recommend making multiple copies of your passport, license, health insurance and all credit cards. I always keep one copy in my checked suitcase, carry on, and I leave one at home! This is good to do just in case something were to happen to your wallet or your passport, it will make it easier to do everything in case of an emergency!
- Cell Service// Most of the places you will be staying at will have free wifi but it’s always helpful having wifi/ service when you are out and about exploring in order to be able to use your Maps app on your phone. We used a device called Skyroam. It was A M A Z I N G!! If you are planning on traveling abroad, I highly recommend looking into Skyroam. We paid $130 in total for 11 days to rent it for our whole trip. In comparison to Verizon, we would have each had to pay $110 each so Skyroam saved us $67 each. Basically, you can connect 5 devices to Skyroam & it serves as a hotspot for your phone so you have wifi access anywhere you are. This was a lifesaver when we had wandered just a little too far and needed to use our Maps to get back to our hotel! It was awesome!
- Money// Exchange your money for Euros prior to your trip. We waited too long and we had to get Euros out at the ATL airport but it was a necessity because you will need them for Taxis and any emergencies once you arrive in Europe.
- Airport to Hotel// We flew from ATL to MXP and our hotel was in the city center about 30 minutes away from the airport. In Milan there is a fixed taxi rate to ride from the MXP airport to the city center and it is € We weren’t aware of this fee but it was something we had to do so next time we were prepared!
- Our Hotel// We stayed at the Roommates Hotel Guilia. It was the best hotel I have ever stayed at! The lobby was so chic and it was only a stones throw away from the Duomo. The staff was so nice and helpful & the complimentary breakfast was to die for. Our room was fabulous, clean, and so comfortable. I cannot say enough about how amazing it was! I highly recommend staying there!
- Shopping// Milan has the best shopping as it should because it is a fashion capital. Our hotel was right next to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and all of the fabuous shopping places. Everywhere you turn there is a different store & you definitely will get your H&M & Zara fill (they’re everywhere!!!)
- The Duomo// You can’t go to Milan and not go inside of the Duomo. We went around 9am on a Sunday and did not buy our tickets beforehand and it was fine because we only waited in line for tickets for 15 minutes. The inside of the Duomo was breathtaking and there was mass going on at the time and it was a cool experience. Make sure to dress appropriately because they will turn you away if your shoulders/knees are showing. While admiring the outside of the Duomo, there will be pigeons everywhere and there are people trying to hand you bird food (avoid these people!!! They expect money & if you take the bird food, you will be engulfed with pigeons!!!)
Overall, Milan was a great start to our trip, it is not as fast paced as Rome or some of the other bigger cities. We were able to warm up to the idea of pizza, prosecco, and gelato at every meal quite quickly in Milan! The views and the food did not disappoint!
I just wanted to say thank you (!!!) all for following along with my European adventures! It was honestly the trip of a lifetime & I wish I could go back to eating gelato and pasta for every meal. My last European post is about our last day in Prague!
On our last day, we made our way to the Prague Zoo! This zoo is one of the top ten in the world and it’s for good reason, it is massive! Name any animal & they have it. There’s even a ski lift that goes from the top of the zoo down to the bottom. The best part of it all was that it only cost $7! After the zoo, we took the metro back to Old Town for quick and tasty lunch at Restaurant Mustek.
After lunch we went back to the hotel to start our dreaded packing. After we felt like we had our lives together, we made our way back to Old Town Square for a Jazz Festival they had set up right in the middle of everything! Later on we grabbed a seat at an outdoor restaurant right in the square and treated ourselves to a nicer meal to celebrate our last night in Europe! Prague seriously was magical and I can’t wait until I get to go back!
Jeans// American Eagle
Shoes// Marc Fisher
Bag// Rebecca Minkoff
So I'm just going to start this post by saying if you EVER get the chance to go to Prague, DO IT!!! Seriously. Prague was such a great way to end our trip. After being in the fast-paced cities of Milan and Rome, we were ready for the laid back lifestyle of Prague. If you've ever seen Shrek (& if you haven't, what are you doing with your life?) Prague is like a real life Duloc. It honestly just makes you feel like you're in a fairy tale book. Everyone is so friendly & there's no bad view anywhere.
On our first day in Prague we made our way to the Prazky Hrad aka the castle. We took the tram which was very easy to figure out & is only around $4 for unlimited 24 hour use. I wouldn't recommend walking to the castle because it is at the top of a very steep hill. The castle and the grounds were beautiful & the views from the top were fit for a king. Anytime I travel to a new city I love going to a high point so I can see the city from above.
After our royal trip to the castle, we made our way to the John Lennon wall. This is a must see in Prague- it's a wall filled with paintings of Beatles lyrics, peace signs, and anti war quotes. Anyone can paint anything on it so it changes daily. After this, we ate and grabbed a beer at the John Lennon pub which is right across the street. On our walk back to our hotel we passed the wax museum and for $7 we couldn't pass it up. I have never seen anything like it, the wax Jim Carey was so convincing & idk how they do it.
After resting at our hotel for a bit, we grabbed some schnitzel at a cute restaurant where the beer was cheaper than water & then we walked over to the Charles Bridge to catch the sunset. It was truly breathtaking. There was live music being played on the bridge & the views of the castle and the hillsides from across the river were amazing!
Shirt// Junk food
Bag// Marc Jacobs
Our first full day in Rome was a very eventful & exciting one! Of course the first thing we wanted to see was the one and only Colosseum. We didn’t opt to buy tickets in advance so we decided to go first thing in the morning to beat some of the crowds. The Colosseum was about a 30-minute walk from our hotel and since we left around 8:30am it wasn’t too hot yet. P.S. Rome is very hot!!!! When we arrived to the Colosseum it was already very crowded with tourists and tour guides. The second we walked down next to it, we were swarmed with tour guides trying to sell us their services at a discounted price to skip the line. After realizing how long the line already was, we decided to buy tickets with a tour guide group. Looking back, it was a great decision. We were able to enter the Colosseum within 10 minutes and we learned more about it by our tour guide than we would have if we just went in on our own. The history of the Colosseum is very abundant and there was so much that I did not know. It is so crazy how they were able to build such an amazing and giant amphitheater so long ago. It truly was breathtaking!
After our morning at the Colosseum, we stopped for lunch at a cute little spot on the way back to our hotel. After lunch we did a little bit of shopping and then continued back to our hotel to rest for a little while and to do an outfit change for our cooking class at 4pm. Our travel agency (Premier Tours out of Colorado- They’re amazing) scheduled us a cooking class at a Roman restaurant for dinner on our second night in Rome! When we arrived to the restaurant (Restaurant Pizzeria Pasquino near Piazza Navona) we were taken back to the kitchen to learn a few tips and tricks about making a traditional Roman meal. I love, love, love to cook so this was especially exciting for me. The first thing we watched and learned to make was Spaghetti Carbonara. This has always been a favorite pasta dish of mine so l really enjoyed learning how to master my carbonara skills. The second dish we learned to make was veal with prosciutto and cream sauce. This was to die for! I’ve had Italian veal dishes here in the States but nothing compares to the real thing. The last thing we learned how to make was tiramisu. Two of my favorite desserts are Tiramisu (I love coffee-especially black coffee) and Crème Brulee so I was very excited to make Tiramisu.
After we were taught how to make these dishes we got to sit and have them served to us! This also included a few glasses of free wine, which made it even better! We were so full after our dinner that we decided to end our night with a few more glasses of wine, a night walk to the Trevi Fountain, and a cone of lemon gelato!
Set// American Threads
Jewels// Suede & Stones
Bag// Rebecca Minkoff