Hello lovelies! I’m back in Sydney and back to reality it is for me. I had an absolute blast the past 4-5 week traveling around with my hubby. We checked off quite a few bucket list places this summer and I want to share with you guys one of the places that has SO much history it blows my mind, Rome!
Rome has been on my list to visit for quite some time now and I’m so glad we added it to our list this summer for our one year anniversary! Since we were on a time crunch i dedicated only three days for Rome. I did my research prior to everything and worked out that we could do it all in that time frame.
It turned out to be everything I could have imagined and more. The pizza & gelato was just spectacular and I could’ve lived off of it for months…just kidding no I couldn’t I’d be on the first ride to an ER for a food-attack LOL.
If you guys are planning a trip to Italy and Rome is on your list then see below for my three day itinerary!
We landed in Italia & off we went to our beautiful hotel, The Princeps Boutique Hotel. We got a junior suite and it was absolutely beautiful, spacious & conveniently located to all the tourist attractions. We had a continental breakfast included every morning from 6:30AM-10:30AM which was beautiful. You know I had a croissant or 2 with Nutella every morning and no I did not feel guilty :).
After, settling in we went for a walk to have a light lunch and explore the beautiful streets of Rome. I suggest your first day to be a bit more relaxed especially if you’ve come off a long haul flight. Exploring the streets around the Trevi Fountain is ideal as there is so many cute cafes in the area.
The sightseeing begins! We had booked to see the Colosseum & the ancient ruins on Viator. We booked the skip the line tickets and it was the best thing we did because the lines were absolutely horrifying and to stand out in the sun in the scorching hot weather would be unbearable. The tour is a solid 3 hours so make sure you pack some cold water if you’re there in the summer and make sure you have some comfortable pair of shoes on because you will be walking A LOT. Consider it you’re cardio for the day because I sure did. Also, there will be people trying to sell you water left, right and center. Make sure the water bottles are not tampered with as some of them are just refilled old water bottles. After, our lovely tour we headed to the hotel to relax have lunch and get ready for a nice stroll to see the Spanish steps & Trevi Fountain.
My favorite part of my Rome trip was seeing the Vatican, The Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s Basilica. I could’ve spent days there and still I would’ve been in complete awe. The history behind these buildings is unreal and it’s something my mind couldn’t comprehend. We also did a guided 3 hour tour with skip the line passes which I highly recommend. After our tour we went back to the hotel freshened up and headed to Castel Romano outlet mall. It was time to bring out the Benjamin Franklins & break the bank. I was in designer heaven. Valentino outlet?! Yes, please! Now, if you’re looking for a good bargain for the big designer names you need to come to this mall. From suits to dresses to shoes and bags they have it all. Some items were over 50% off the retail price! Crazy, I know. We definitely came up at Castel Romano. I will be showcasing a few items in the upcoming weeks that I got from here or perhaps doing an unboxing video?! Let’s wait and see.
Happy Tuesday my loves! The weekend is over and I hope everyone enjoyed theirs as much as I did. I had a mini getaway to Melbourne with my best friend who’s in town from Chicago. Melbourne is always one of my favorite cities to visit because it reminds me of my hometown Chi-town (Chicago)!
We stayed at the Sofitel right in the heart of the CBD. It was conveniently located next to all the restaurants and shops. I love a good hotel with a nice, clean and tidy bathroom. I have a thing for bathrooms in hotels. If the bathroom looks off I cannot be staying in that hotel. It really turns me off. Now the Sofitel gets brownie points because it has full sized body mirrors! You need a good selfie you know. I think Tripadvisor should start listing if hotels have this luxury because it’s a selling point for me! Don’t you guys agree?
We got a lot of shopping done I must say and we got these bomb massages at True Thai Massage. If you’re in town I would highly recommend it.
Melbourne is well known for it’s good eats and being the foodie that I am I’m always down to try a good restaurant. I’ve listed a few below that we tried out and what I think of them so you guys can check them out and which ones you shouldn’t waste your time on.
- Hardware Societe : We went here for brunch after we landed and I was super excited to see what the rave was about. The lineup was about 15 minutes which wasn’t too bad because I’ve heard it can be worse. Once we were seated I was so excited about the cute funky interior with the little teacups hanging on the wall and the Parisian influence on the menu had me ready to order the whole menu. I had a chorizo baked egg dish and it was extremely flavorful. The eggs mixed in with the cheese and chorizo just melted in your mouth, yum! This was definitely worth the wait.
- Mamasita: Living in Chicago spoiled me with the best of the best Mexican food. It was never a mission to find a good Mexican spot until I moved to Sydney. The struggle to find some good old guac’ was becoming a mission so I had to resort to making my own. I was determined to find a good Mexican spot in Melbourne and so I did. We ordered the chips and guacamole, fish tacos, beef cheek tacos, short ribs, corn in a cup, cheese quesadillas and some garlic potatoes. It was all divine. The guacamole hit the spot and satisfied every craving! Mamasita sure did deliver.
- Chin Chin: Oh Chin Chin…so we heard of this infamous restaurant from a worker at one of the shops we were at and how amazing it is. She warned us the lineup is insane sometimes, but well worth it. I was super excited to try it out especially after I looked it up and it had good reviews and it had a dish on their menu for Cook for Syria. So $3 of that dish would go to Unicef Australia to help Syrian children who’ve been effected by the war and that alone sold me. As some may know, my parents are Assyrian from Syria so the cause was close to home. Anyways, we get ready and we’re on our happy way down to Chin Chin and low and behold the line is long. The wait was 1-1.5 hrs. for two so we decided to go downstairs to their bar and grab a drink while we wait. Side note: I’ve never waited so long to eat. We got seated and ordered the wagyu beef, chicken pad thai, corn fritters and chicken wings. Let me start off by saying the chicken pad thai was a 12/10, it was that good, now for everything else it was alright. The wagyu beef was supposed to be medium spiciness, but I needed the fire brigade to hose me down and let me tell you, I can handle my spice. The waitress was nice enough to exchange the meal for another coconut wagyu meal they had which was much better. Now, would I ever wait that long again for Chin Chin? No.
- The Quarter: We came here for breakfast and boy am I glad we did that. We ordered the quarter breakfast that came with mushrooms, sausage, bacon, eggs, toast and halloumi. It was a par-tay in my mouth. I mean it was seriously delicious. This definitely was one of my favorite breakfast spots in Melbourne overall. It’s also situated in this alleyway that’s extremely busy and if you’re like me and love to people watch you’d enjoy it very much!
After all this eating we did we did a lot of shopping like I previously said. The Emporium is an awesome mall that has so many retail shops for everyone of all styles. I love some of the underground shops that have very unique styles and aren’t styles you typically find. I do have to say I shopped for the hubby more than I did for myself, haha.
If you’ve never been to Melbourne before one thing I highly recommend you do is the great ocean road drive. The scenery is beyond belief and fortunately we did this last year when we were in Melbourne. I highly, highly recommend it!
I hope you guys enjoyed this little Melbourne travel guide!
Hello my loves! So much has been going on for the past two months that it’s been absolutely insane. The wedding feels like an absolute dream and I just want to rewind back to our big day and hit pause! Even though I was absolutely exhausted by 2 a.m. I’ll be doing a blog solely about the wedding in a few weeks once I have most of our photos from my lovely photographer.
Anyways, back to the honeymoon! We had a wonderful three week getaway starting with Santorini. It was such an amazing experience to be there since Anthony and I both have always dreamt of going there. Photos that we’ve seen of Santorini does it no justice than when you actually see it in front of your own eyes. Literally, everywhere you turn you have the most stunning views imaginable.
Grecian hospitality is on another level. We stayed at the Agali Houses and the staff was extremely helpful with restaurant recommendations and things to do on the island. The rooms were super clean and beautiful. We had a caldera view which was breathtaking to wake up to every single morning. There are quite a few stairs until you get to the bottom to the hotel. Let’s just say I definitely got in my leg day workout everyday going up and down all those stairs.
I also cannot forget one of their amazing employees who Anthony and I called hercules. He is the definition of a machine. What I mean by that is that the guy carried all our luggage bags down about 80 or so stairs to the hotel…NONSTOP. It was mind blowing to us.
The most efficient way of getting around the island is on a quad bike. We rented one for a day to explore the island and it was so much fun. Just a little tip…if you naturally have curly hair you might want to tie it up or else you’re hair will look like it came out of the wilderness, trust me.
Now on to the food! Let me just say I can have chicken gyros for breakfast, lunch and dinner and not complain once. Nobody goes to Santorini and doesn’t try their gyros that’s just downright wrong. Forget the fancy dinners, the three euro sandwich from the corner shop is better than anything! But, if you’re a bit like me and you like the fancy dinners once in a while you must try Remvi in Firosetfani. The view from the restaurant is beautiful and the food is delicious.
Our most memorable activity on the island would have to be our sunset sailing trip on the Aegean sea! Watching the sunset from the yacht was so relaxing and you literally get dazed away by the beauty of the sunset. We did our five hour sunset tour with Sunset Oia. The yacht, the staff and the food was amazing and I highly recommend everyone to try it out!
Anthony and I are already discussing when to go back. Let’s just say we have a case of the travel bug!
Enjoy the photos! xxx
It’s been an eventful six weeks. I don’t even know where to begin since it’s been a while since i’ve blogged at DOJ. But, if you keep up with me on Instagram you would have seen that I recently got married on July 9th! It was a fairytale to say the least, but I’ll save that for another day!
I’m currently in Dubai celebrating my honeymoon with the hubby. Our first stop was in Santorini and it was nothing short of amazing. Anthony and I had the time of our lives. We laughed, explored, relaxed and dined at some of the finest restaurants on the island and had the best souvlaki ever!
I made sure to bring my Bijoux massage oil with to unwind with the hubby. It’s a 2 in 1 silicone gel and feels so soft on the body. It’s a travel must and not to mention that it smells uh-mazing.