Nicole Maria

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I like to pack my bags, fall in love, get my heart broken, eat good food, dance all night, write about it, and do it all again.
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New Orleans Food Adventure

While NOLA attracts tourists for so many different reasons, the delicious cuisine was what I was looking most forward to and it certainly did not disappoint.

One Week on the Yucatan Peninsula

The Yucatan Peninsula lies between the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. It is made up of the states Quintana Roo and Yucatan. I spent a week exploring this region including the coastal city of Playa del Carmen, the colonial town of Valladolid, as well as several smaller villages in the Yucatan Jungle and archaeological sites such as Chichen Itza. Here is a list of experiences and things that I learned, saw, and felt during my week on the peninsula.

We Found Paradise

We snorkeled, swam with pigs, explored a cave, went sailing, cliff –jumped into a lagoon, and bathed in natural baths. With the help of a tour guide who showed us where all his favorite spots are, we experienced so much in such a short amount of time.

Climb Every Mountain

Salzburg is one of the rainiest cities in Europe but thanks to Mother Nature, the week I spent there was only filled with sunshine and blue skies. The architecture! The mountains! The Edelweiss! The people! The food! Every single part left me dazed when I finally arrived.

Beach Hopping in the French Riviera

Deciding that I did not want to jump into the Seine, I took a train from Paris to Nice and decided to test the different beaches along the French Riviera up until Monaco. What can I say? They all have the bluest water, the warmest sun, and very friendly locals.

A Weekend In Belgium

Once again, I let my feet walk the cobblestoned streets of a new city. This time, Brussels, Belgium. Yes, the fries were divine, the chocolate was succulent, and Manneken Pis was a hoot. I can assure that you will not stop looking up at the mountainous guildhalls and the captivating gothic towers and perhaps get a sore neck from it all. Once again, I have fallen in love with another remarkable city. 

Braving the Italian Dolomites

It was a long way up but well worth it. The Italian Dolomites are just a short trip away from Venice. I wore as many layers as I possibly could but still experienced a special kind of cold up there. I’m not complaining…The Dolomites have been on my bucket list for many years and they exceeded every expectation.These mountains lie on the Italian-Austrian 🇮🇹 🇦🇹 border and surround several manmade lakes like the Santa Caterina. They played an important role in World War I (The Italian army sought refuge in the caves from the weather when fighting the Austrians - but many still died due to extreme temperatures and winds). Despite the cold and terrifying edge-of-cliff driving, I would not change a thing about this adventure. I encourage anyone passing by Venice with a few hours to kill to take a Dolomite tour. But, remember ... even during the peak of summer, it will be extremely cold up there.

An Adventure in Andalusia

Sometimes fully immersing yourself in a city requires attempting to view it through the eyes of its inhabitants. In Andalusia, I explored the early medieval castles while imagining the Moorish invasions and life of a certain Spanish princess.

A Bohemian Holiday

There was just something about Prague that took my breath away and made me swoon.

I Almost Got Shot In Italy

A lot happened in one night… I missed a few trains, fell asleep on another train, almost walked into a military base, and slept outside on a bench. But like I always say, it’s these type of situations that make traveling fun.