Nicole Trilivas

Author of travel-themed fiction and nonfiction. TRAVEL IS MY MUSE

Can I Live Inside This Picture?

Found somewhere in the depths of Tumblr (source unknown)

Found somewhere in the depths of Tumblr (source unknown)

The Only Balm

“His hidden consciousness, his indecipherability, created my anguish. I write this not to answer these questions, but to ask them. I must ask them. My need to explore his life by writing about him may not have been his wish but I have to do it.  As a writer L. would have understood this compulsion.  But what can I gain by dwelling in this most frustrating place? As a writer, the creation of a new work, making a thing, seems to me the only balm. I can’t answer the questions but I can make something out of them.”

-Thea Goodman “Art Lovers” http://therumpus.net/2014/01/the-sunday-rumpus-essay-art-lovers/

(Radio Silence)

It’s been forever. Too long. Insert radio silence. Since my switch from freelancing to full time work, I’ve had hardly any time for my craft, but in the next few months, things will change. My office is moving much closer to my flat, so I’m hoping to take advantage of that extra time and get some writing done. I have a half-finished book languishing away on my laptop, making me feel like a negligent mother.

But before the move happens, there’s some travel in store for me: I just came back from Cape Town, and I’m soon headed for Miami and the south of France.

I don’t have my writing, but I do have my travel (even if it’s for work), so all is not lost.

Stay tuned. More is sure to come.

XO Nicole

Always.

Always.

Why You Were Born

“Writing: shitty first drafts. Butt in chair. Just do it. You own everything that happened to you. You are going to feel like hell if you never write the stuff that is tugging on the sleeves in your heart — your stories, visions, memories, songs: your truth, your version of things, in your voice. That is really all you have to offer us, and it’s why you were born.”

Anne Lamott

Divine Pleasures

Original photo from www.twinfarms.com

Original photo from http://www.twinfarms.com

Travel Tuesday: Parque Torres Del Paine, Chile

On Tuesdays, we travel

On Tuesdays, we travel

(Yes, I know it’s Wednesday <insert shame face emoji here>)

This morning, some stunning photos popped up on my facebook feed: glacial blues and jagged mountains. Nature being all raw and silencing. I immediately emailed the friend who posted them and she said the photos were from a recent trip to Parque Torres Del Paine, Chile. We need to go. Immediately. May I present you with the following case:

First there’s this:

And then this:

Followed by this (where we will clearly be staying):

And concluding with this:

Case closed and the verdict is in: We’re going.

XO Nicole

 

Where to Eat & Drink in Brussels

My boyfriend took me to Brussels last month and here are a few shots from the trip:

The beautiful fairytale streets in the old town

The beautiful fairytale streets in the old town

The royal palace. They say that if the flag is flying (as seen in the pic), then the king is in residence

The royal palace. They say that if the flag is flying (as seen in the pic), then the king is in residence

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One of the beautiful chocolatiers and bakeries of Brussels. My favorite was Mary. Try their white chocolate (even if you don’t normally like white chocolate) and you’ll fall in love.

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Manneken Pis (or “The little pissing boy”). For some reason, this little guy is a symbol of the city. I kinda love it. (PS he also has outfits!)

WHAT TO EAT:

There is some awesome food in Brussels. I would recommend the following:

Noordzee: Seafood stand in Saint Catherine Place

The scampi was particularly awesome

The scampi was particularly awesome

Restaurant Ogenblik: An upscale restaurant near the Grand Place in the beautiful arcade, Les Galerie Royales Saint-Hubert

old school deliciousness

old school deliciousness

Mary Chocolatier: Amazing white chocolate (and every other kind of chocolate). Can be found in Les Galerie Royales Saint-Hubert, as well as all over the city.

Oh the yumminess. (And bonus points for cute, traditional packaging)

Oh the yumminess. (And bonus points for cute, traditional packaging)

Fin de Siècle: Traditional food served in a fun young atmosphere. (Rue des Chartreux 9)

Carbonnade: beef and beer stew

Carbonnade: beef and beer stew

BONUS TIP: I had the best waffle at a stand at Parvis de Saint Gilles Outdoor Market (Sat & Sun). I don’t remember what the vendor was called though, but it’s worth trying to find if you’re near Porte de Hal (the medieval gate)

Pic of the market in front of Saint Gilles (since I stupidly didn't take a photo of the waffle guys

Pic of the market in front of Saint Gilles (since I stupidly didn’t take a photo of the waffle guys

WHERE TO DRINK:

Belgium beer is something special. But be careful because they’re very strong

Delirium Café: Super touristy but so fun and affordable. (In the old town)

The menu is the size of a novel

The menu is the size of a novel

À la Mort Subite: old fashion (turn of the century) resto-pub. (In the old town)

Love the high ceilings and smokey mirrors

Love the high ceilings and smokey mirrors

Au Bon Vieux Temps: medieval style drinking hole (small and cute). If you like this place, also check out L’Imaige Nostre-Dame (a few doors down). Both in the old town area

Dark but cheery.

Dark but cheery.

BONUS TIP: Try the Gulden Draak (Golden Dragon)

Happy 2015!

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Photo found on ohhellofriendblog.com

It was an intense year, 2014, and it was a hard year.

The year started in London, but by June I was back in New York. I spent a month in California, driving up the coast and with my sister. I got word that I got a book deal when I was in front of City Lights with one of my best friends, Carly–whom I never get to see. Then I found out I got my British Visa.

I left New York in October to return to England. I didn’t know it at the time but my father would be dead a week later. I still can’t quite believe that I have to live my whole life without him. I still can’t quite believe it period.

2015 will be happier.

Wishing you a wonderful New Year.

XO Nicole

Travel Tuesdays: Praia Marinha, Portugal

On Tuesdays, we travel

On Tuesdays, we travel

Oh baby, it’s getting cold in Londontown. (Still not cold enough for snow, but oh well.) I’ve been dreaming about visiting Portugual’s Praia Marinha for a while now–especially when baby, it’s cold outside. It’s easy to see why:

I wonder if it’s as beautiful as the photos make it out to be. It’s on the Atlantic coast, so it seems like it would be a schlep, but it also seems like it would be well worth it. Has anyone been? Tell me everything!

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Your Life Is Your Life

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