Driving through Tuscany, Italy was breathtaking. I have never seen so many fields of sunflowers in my life! I knew I had to take a picture.
The only issue was that, once you get on the freeway in Tuscany, there are very few exits. You are basically on the freeway for a long time. As we drove by these flowers, it was like they were all staring at the cars passing by and teasing us with their beauty because we couldn’t even slow down to see them let alone take a picture of them!
We couldn’t even find any ways to get to any of them. Finally, we found an exit and ventured off to these one-lane back roads where we didn’t even know if we were allowed to be. We crossed a bridge and made it to a dirt road that was covered in giant puddles from recent rain.
Finally we saw some beautiful fields in the distance. We carefully drove our rental car through puddle after puddle until we got close enough to pull the car over. As you can tell from the photos above, there were mountains in the distance. The lighting was perfect and the flowers were huge! Honestly, our earth is so diverse and beautiful. What a gift from God! 100% obsessed with it.
The first thing we did- after a 2 hour nap obviously- was go to the Trevi Fountain. The white marble looks amazing with the light blue water. The whole thing is massive, but so intricate. It was super crowded, but for good reason. 💦
Then, we realized we didn’t have any coins at all! So we scoured the cobblestone streets until we found a little coin wedged between two stones. So glad I was able to make my wish and throw my coin. ✨ We hung around there for a while until we got hungry. We wandered down back roads until we found an adorable little pizzeria. 🍕 The first meal of our trip did not disappoint. But, it’s Italy, soooo… 😋
We then went to find the Spanish Steps to watch the sunset! The view at the top was worth every stair…and even worth me almost eating it on the walk up. 😅 The sky was pink & yellow & the view of Rome was stunning. We just sat there taking it all in.
Finally, we got some delicious gelato & walked Barack to our adorable hotel. I am loving this so far.
Also, this fun, yellow dress is from Banana Republic. I checked, but I don’t think the have it anymore, but I created a little collage of some other cute yellow summer dresses, all under $50. I’m not sure if I can attach the link through mobile though…. sooo we will see!
It didn’t let me. :/ But here is my favorite one: YELLOW DRESS. I also think it’s stunning in white. 😍
In the last 24 hours, Nick & I have been in 6 different airports, gotten a total of 3 hours of sleep, and just landed in our final destination…. if you don’t know by now, we are in ITALY! 💛 YAY!
Nick served his mission here, so he lived here for 2 years! He truly grew to love the Italian people, just as I am going to grow this week by all the food I eat…. anyways, I truly am so excited to be here with him. He still speaks and understands Italian. I can’t wait to see some of the places he served and meet some of the people he loves.
Notice this is a packing post, and there are no pics of the trip itself so far. We have both avoided every photo op because we look very ratchet from traveling. In fact, I’m trying hard not to fall asleep as I write this and it’s only 2 PM here. 😳 Really hoping we don’t pull a Chris and Lorelai, when they went to Paris and accidentally slept through the whole thing!
Anyways- here are a couple packing tips I’ve used over the past few years of consistently traveling.
Don’t check a bag. (If you can help it.) Maybe I’m scarred from what I’ve seen, but if your bag gets lost, it’s a lot of unneeded stress. In fact, usually Nick and I will share one carry on.
Bring a few things you wouldn’t mind leaving behind. You can bring mostly adorable, new outfits, but if you have some things you don’t mind leaving, if you collect things along the way- you’ll have some room.
Leave a little empty space. For souvenirs of course!
Lay your outfits out a few days in advance. I am usually the 100% procrastinator, but this time I laid it out early and actually brought the outfits I wanted! 😂
Keep a note in your phone throughout the week of things you still need to pack or buy. That way, you won’t leave anything behind.
YAY our hotel room is ready. I’m just gonna close my eyes for a second here….