Dobry Den! Translation - "Hello! Good day!" in Czech.
Kick off your shoes and sit for a few minutes with me cause we’re about to cover a lot of ground in Prague.
After 3 beautiful days in Paris, my husband Blake and I headed over to Prague. We arrived mid-day and went directly to our Airbnb located near Old Town Prague. Bonus points to our very kind host who had Czech beer waiting for us in the fridge! I highly recommend staying at an Airbnb for a couple of reasons. We have found it to be less expensive than hotel stays, the location is typically better, and it gives you more space than an average hotel room would.
After checking in, we ran out to grab lunch at Lokál Dlouhááá. It’s a traditional sit down restaurant featuring classic homemade Czech cuisine. They pride themselves on using “only fresh ingredients and spices that are sourced from renowned local suppliers”. Czech food consists of lots of meat and potatoes, not my favorite, but the meal was delicious. And, of course, we ordered two pints of beer with our meal, which is basically what Prague is known for. Beer is cheaper than water in Prague. I repeat, beer is CHEAPER than water! As you can imagine, my beer-loving hubby was pretty excited about this and ordered a beer with every meal.
We enjoyed quite a bit of free time the next day, before our friends from Nashville joined us, so we decided to take the plunge and join a free walking tour. Because the tour was free, my expectations were pretty low, but our tour guide was hilarious and shared a wealth of information. Side note – the tour is free, but the guides work for tips, so please tip in accordance to your experience. We learned SO much about Prague and its history that I couldn’t help but fall in love with the city. The majority of the buildings in Old Town Prague date back to the 10th century!!! It was amazing to walk around the city and marvel at the beauty of these old buildings that were rich in details and incredibly unique. It truly did not look real and pictures do not do it justice.
Later that evening, our friends arrived just in time to head out to the local clubs! We first hit up Roxy, a larger club with a killer lounge on top. We stopped at the lounge to get some drinks before heading down to dance. The dance floor was huge and each night they have a guest DJ. It was fun to hear the European tunes. After Roxy, we headed over to M1 Lounge Bar and Club, which was walking distance from Roxy. M1 was more of an R&B club (definitely more my style) and was a smaller venue than Roxy. After dancing for hours (seriously, I could dance all night and be happy), we headed to a Burrito Loco. If you ever find yourself in Prague, do yourself a favor and go here after a night out. Who would have thought Prague would have amazing TexMex?
The next morning we headed over to Maso A Kobliha, an adorable cafe near our Airbnb. The food was fresh and light, the service was amazing, and all the pretty little details left me inspired. We ordered fresh donuts, a light and refreshing salmon tartine (a fancy open-faced sandwich), and Scotch eggs. A Scotch egg is a hard-boiled egg wrapped in sausage meat, lathered in bread crumbs and baked. This is a staple in Prague. It is very heavy, but delicious, so you can easily split one.
We were glad to have a beautiful 40 minute walk afterwards to Prague Castle and it was completely worth it. The castle has beautiful gardens surrounding it that, in my opinion, would make for the perfect picnic spot overlooking Prague. The castle is out of this world and the view from the top....I'll just let you look at the pictures to see for yourself.
Later that day, we headed over to a Prague Beer Tour and it was so much fun! It was a small group of tourists from all over the world and two tour guides. Our guides were precious and took us to some of the coolest hole-in-the-wall pubs. It was such an unforgettable experience to be able to learn more about Prague from a local's perspective. We stopped at five different pubs and sampled a variety of beers. By the time we stopped at the last one, we were wiped out! Did I mention that in Europe you walk...a lot?! And thank goodness for that, because we ate and drank everything and anything we wanted. I'm thinking I would be much happier living in Europe and being able to eat what I want in exchange for walking a few extra miles a day. ;)
Prague is simply magical. I was charmed by the rich history and as well as its people. Prague will always hold a special place in my heart, and I hope I’ve inspired you to add it to your bucket list of must see places.
Paris is unique, elegant, artistic and rich with history. The city is gorgeous, the food is to die for, the fashion is unreal, and the people are charming. After doing some research though, we discovered that Reims, France, famous for holding some of the most incredible champagne cellars in France, was just a 40 minute train ride away. We quickly decided a day trip to Champagne Country was a must. We were pleasantly surprised to learn the rail service in Europe is very efficient and makes visiting other towns and cities a breeze. The train from Paris to Reims was spotless, the seats reclined, and the view was beautiful!
Our first champagne tour of the day was at G.H. Mumm & Co. Our guide shared her excellent knowledge of the history of this champagne company and of champagne production. She took us down to the cellars and walked us through each phase of the process, which was fascinating! Keep in mind, you descend 10 meters at a time and it gets rather chilly. I made the mistake of not bringing a jacket and definitely wished I had. But the 60 minute tour was so engaging, the time passed quickly and it was well worth the shivering – especially since the tour ended with champagne tastings. I tried the Rose Champagne and my husband, Blake, tasted the Classic G.H. Mumm Champagne. I was pleasantly surprised that in the end I preferred the Classic. It was smooth, light and very refreshing.
Afterward, we strolled through the city of Reims and visited the famous Cathedral Notre-Dame de Reims. This architectural wonder is absolutely breathtaking and we were amazed at its impressive size. We spent over an hour admiring the magnificent sculptures, the to die for stained glass and tons of intricate details. It boggles my mind to think about how they were able to construct such a magnificent structure without modern day tools and technology. Before we left, we took a few minutes in a beautiful, quiet area to just sit and pray. And, bonus, admittance is free.
We wrapped up our day with a 40 minute tour at Taittinger. The tour guide was wonderful, knowledgeable and friendly and the caves are impressive. We learned a lot about the history of the vineyard and, I think, we both have a greater appreciation for the process and why champagne is soooooo expensive! Our tour ended with a champagne tasting that was delightful and you have several options to choose from when picking your tastings. We tasted a variety of champagnes, but my favorite was the Classic. Are you noticing a trend??
Overall, it was a lovely day in Reims. Between the two tours, I’d say G.H. Mumm and Co. was the better one … it covered every question you could probably think of and I found it more interesting. But if I had to choose the best champagne, I would have to pick Taittinger. Either way, you can’t go wrong with these tours.
If you ever get to Paris and have a thirst for champagne, I highly recommend a visit to Reims. It’s a perfect little day trip if you love quaint, beautiful towns and, of course, a little bubbly ;)
Keep an eye out for my next post featuring Prague! You won't be disappointed!
Post Author: Rachel
I'm sure you can agree - life is always busy. With my crazy TV schedule, I’m always on the run, and combined with my hubby’s all over the map NFL schedule, it is a rarity for us to get a long weekend together. So when we do, we are out and about exploring something somewhere.
For Labor Day weekend, we snagged an inexpensive Southwest flight, some friends and headed out to the Windy City!
With so much to see and do, Chicago is a great place to spend a weekend. Plus, their transit system is affordable and super easy to navigate through the city. Once we landed, we hopped on the "L" and headed downtown. Luckily for us, my cousin and his wife live in Chicago and they graciously opened their home to us for the weekend. They live right in the heart of the city and you couldn’t ask for a more spectacular view!
I love how the city lights up and shows off it's beauty at night too. Stunning!
Entertainment, festivals and sports are never in short supply in Chicago. Being the sports enthusiasts that we are, there was no question we had to catch a Cubs game at Wrigley Field – and not just once but twice! We scored some unbelievable tickets and rooted for the home team all weekend.
And of course, a ballpark experience isn't complete without a hot dog and a cold one. So first things first, we hopped in line and ordered a Chicago dog. YUM! I got a few pickles on the side and loaded it with ketchup, mustard, tomatoes and a strange colored relish. Initially, I was a bit concerned about this lime green relish, but quickly found out it is a staple at this ballpark and a must on your dog. And, it’s surprisingly delicious. Now, I know it's not the Chicagoan way to put ketchup on your dog, but I love ketchup. I think it's great on just about anything.
On our first day, after the Cubs won and we all sang "Go! Cubs! Go!," we headed down Clark Street, which is lined with bars and restaurants. Two great stops we discovered are Sluggers World Class Sports Bar and Old Crow Smokehouse. Both had fantastic atmospheres, drink specials and great food.
The next morning we grabbed some coffee and walked to Grant Park. We enjoyed seeing the spectacular water show at Buckingham Fountain and walking along the water front admiring the many sailboats that line Lake Michigan. Helpful hint – mornings can be a little chilly near the water, so don’t forget to bring a light jacket.
For lunch, our taste buds were craving some made from scratch deep dish pizza. We have already had Giordano's once before, so we wanted to try something new and strolled on over to Lou Malnati's. It typically takes about 30-35 minutes for them to prepare a pizza and there is always a long line to get a table … about 45 minutes the day we visited. Let me assure you though, it’s well worth the wait! Fortunately, they also have a great system in place where customers are able to place orders at the counter while waiting for a table. The timing is just about perfect too – when your table is ready, so is your pizza. They have a nice little patio area, so after ordering, we grabbed a drink and enjoyed the gorgeous weather.
We ordered "The Lou," which the menu describes as "A pizza so good we gave it his name! Spinach mix, mushrooms and sliced roma tomatoes covered with blend of mozzarella, romano and cheddar cheese on garlic Buttercrust." It was amazing!
With deep dish pizza, all the ingredients are placed on backwards from a regular thin crust pizza. So even though the pizza looks like it's just cheese and tomatoes, the inside holds all the delicious veggies and meats. And the garlic buttercrust - phenomenal.
When traveling, I always love learning about the city, and Chicago is rich with history and boasts some incredible architecture. Luckily, this city also has some amazing tours to offer. We booked an early morning tour on Chicago's First Lady and hopped on a double decker boat for 90 minutes on a fun and educational river cruise. It was fascinating and our guide was friendly and full of insightful stories about the architecture and the design of the many buildings. I would highly recommend this!
Now, back to food. After Chicago dogs and deep dish pizza, next up - Italian Beef. Walking into Portillo's feels like going back in time to the 1960's when the restaurant was founded. It is a charming atmosphere and the food, or course, does not disappoint. The Big Beef with extra gravy and oven-roasted sweet and spicy peppers ...WOW! Safe to say, we split this huge gravy covered meat sandwich and then wanted to take a nap.
No time for sleep though, it was off to round two of watching the 2016 World Series Champs at Wrigley! We met up with a friend who now works for the team and got a sneak peek into the Cubbies offices and they are pretty impressive (photos in slideshow below).
Before leaving, we couldn’t resist the opportunity to stop by and say hello to the Commissioner's Trophy, an absolute must-see and located right next to the stadium inside of Jostens Jewelry store.
It was a quick, but wonderful trip to Chicago and with so much to do and see and not enough time, we’ll definitely be returning to the Windy City for more food and fun!
Bonjour! I’m back! My husband and I just returned from one of my top travel bucket list trips. We spent just over 2 weeks traveling through Europe and, to say it was the experience of a lifetime is an understatement. It was fantastic! If you haven't been to Europe, go. Every minute of our time spent planning, paid off in a big way – this trip far exceeded our expectations.
I plan on writing a series of posts covering each city that we visited. I will be sure to include where we stayed, ate, adventured and explored, plus some helpful tips along the way! I hope that you will find this useful and entertaining!
Our first stop was Paris, France. Y'all....I LOVE Paris. I visited this city 10 years ago with my mom and my love for Paris has only grown. It is just as magical as I remember and absolutely breathtaking. I could be content just walking around the city all day and admiring all the pretty architecture. It is fascinating, intricate and charming.
We were unbelievably blessed to be able to stay at an apartment right next to the Eiffel Tower. Talk about an extraordinary view and it’s even more beautiful at night. Breathtaking! It lights up every couple of hours in the evening and the twinkling lights create the perfect ambiance for a romantic evening. I suggest grabbing a picnic basket, a bottle of wine and a cozy blanket, find a spot on the lawn and enjoy the amazing sight.
If you are planning on taking the Eiffel Tower tour, be sure to buy your tickets ahead of time and get there early in the morning because the lines are long. The view from the top is out of this world, so even with a wait, it is well worth it!
One of our first stops on Day 1 in Paris was Ladurée, a French luxury bakery. And, oh, what a bakery! The interior is dazzling with gilding galore and beautiful patterned wallpaper. The bakery is most famous for its macaroons… they sell 15,000 macaroons a DAY! Yes, they are that good. You can order lunch, tea, espresso, or just snack on the melt in your mouth macaroons. We ordered espresso and tried a couple of different flavors of macaroons. I didn't take a photo because I was too excited to taste these special treats!
After we got our macaroon fill, we walked around the city exploring major sites such as the Arc de Triomphe. The Arc is also known for it's incredible view of the city, and it is gorgeous, but personally I favor the the Eiffel Tower view.
Next, we hopped over to Champs-Élysées, a major shopping area in Paris that you've likely seen in the movies. Every store and restaurant is absolutely beautiful and unique. I highly recommend taking a stroll down Champs-Élysées and, I promise, it will not disappoint and it’s just 1.2 miles from end to end.
For dinner on our first night we went to Cafe Constant. Our waiters were adorable at Cafe Constant and helped us learn necessary French phrases to help make our trip a little easier. The majority of people there, at least who we spoke to, speak or understand English. However, do not assume everyone does. Do your best to greet in French and then ask if they speak English. And always remember to say "please" and "thank you," you'll make friends with the French in no time if you practice simple manners.
Okay, back to Cafe Constant - the food was to die for! We ordered the tart of grilled shrimps served with citronella sauce. This was so creamy and delicious! A perfect, light appetizer. For our entree we ordered the Blonde Aquitaine steak with shallots and homemade mashed potatoes. Another winner! We split both the appetizer and entree, to guarantee we’d be able to squeeze in a sweet treat afterwards. The waiters surprised us with the restaurant's famous homemade profiteroles with hot chocolate sauce. No kidding, it was heavenly. I'm drooling just thinking about how incredible this meal was.
I would recommend making a reservation for just about anywhere you eat dinner in Paris. The restaurants (the good ones at least), are typically small and have limited seating. The great thing about this is that you receive amazing service, as the staff is able to give each customer more attention.
We capped off the night with a relaxed walk down to the Seine River. It's a nice stroll which is perfect after a big meal. We were also able to watch the Eiffel Tower light up as we walked...dreamy!
Stay tuned for my next post on our Europe vacation! I'll be featuring Reims, also known as the Champagne Country of France. Until then...Au Revoir!
In a few short weeks my husband Blake and I will be traveling to Europe! In order to make travel easy, we signed up for Global Entry. Our appointment was at the Memphis airport, so we made a day trip out of it! It only took about 5 minutes for me to fall in love with Memphis. Y'all, it has so much passion, culture, music, and of course amazing BBQ! It's exactly 3 hours from Nashville and perfect for a quick day trip or weekend getaway! They have done so much with the downtown area and have so many cute restaurants and shops.
We got into Memphis at about 1:00 in the afternoon. Our first stop was lunch of course. We had so many amazing options thrown our way by friends, but we chose the famous Central BBQ(the original location off of Central). It was amazing. Blake and I shared a full rack of ribs, macaroni and cheese, potato salad, and slaw. Incredible.
After lunch we decided a walk was probably a good idea so we headed to Beale Street! We were able to enjoy live music, street performances and local beer. It was a gorgeous day.
After a couple of hours it was time to head to the airport to take care of our Global Entry. If you have ever considered doing it, do it! It's so easy and worth it. Be sure to arrive 15-20 minutes ahead of time to allow yourself plenty of time to park and find the office. They have it timed to the minute, so you cannot be late!
All in all, it was a great day to be in walkin' in Memphis ;)
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In 2012, I moved to Kansas City to begin my career in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs. For three seasons, I worked for the Chiefs as their sideline reporter, hosted shows, wrote for the website and covered all of the team's events. In 2015, I moved to San Antonio to work in the NBA for the Spurs and Fox Sports Southwest. I was a part of the pre/post game show, emceed events, and produced videos for the website and in-arena. After two seasons, I came back to Kansas City to work for an ABC station as a morning anchor and reporter.
My husband and I tied the knot in Nashville, TN in April 2017! We met while we were both working in the NFL. He still works for the Chiefs, so I continue to be connected to the team and of course, I'm at Arrowhead Stadium quite often during the season.
We absolutely love living in Kansas City! There's some amazing BBQ spots, great live jazz music, plenty of farmers markets, beautiful shops on the Plaza, plus, for a big city it has a small town feel.
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I moved to Nashville, TN from Dallas, TX in 2014 shortly after graduating college and marrying my high school sweetheart. We were originally only going to stay in Nashville for a year, but decided we couldn't leave just yet. If you've ever been to Nashville, then you understand why.
Nashville is known for its southern food, views, and of course country music. However, it's so much more than that. It's one of the greatest places to be for fashion. It's an up and coming musician playing for free at your local coffee shop. It's a melting pot of different cultures of people from all over. It is the perfect mix of southern hospitality and city life.
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