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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Nicole Maria

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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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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.
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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. 
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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.