About Nicole Mertineit

A neurotic digital marketing maven travels the world... one trip at a time.

First View – The Grand Canyon

We made it! Finally at the Grand Canyon, we enjoyed 15 minutes of daylight before the sun set, but boy was it worth it. We’ll post more soon, but for now, enjoy our first view.


On the Road in Bavaria Day Nine: Mostly Good in Munich

MunichThis is the last post in a series about the first roadtrip Jess and I took together. We’ll be heading out for a Southwest roadtrip in just a few days, and will be chronicling our adventures from the road!

Our first order of business was to return the rental car in Munich. This sounds like a simple task, but no. It was hell. We spent at least an hour circling the train station, each of us running in to speak with various rental company agents, before being sent back out into the world to another location. Sigh. Jess and I never get snippy with each other, but the strain of returning the car had us on edge. Add in the fact that we got lost walking in circles trying to find our hotel, and Munich wasn’t off to a very good start. Continue reading

A Sidetrip to Watkins Glen, NY

To tide ourselves over while waiting for our SW roadtrip to commence (4 more days!!!), both Jess and I have spent the summer taking a bunch of smaller weekend and days trips – Vegas, Vermont, Rhode Island, Cape Cod, Hammond Castle, Calf Island… the list goes on and on. Our last “big” trip goes back almost 10 months – our 5-day weekend in Iceland – so we’ve needed to sate our wanderlust in smaller, more manageable ways. Enter my trip to the Finger Lakes in upstate New York last weekend. Continue reading

Don’t Miss: A Medieval Castle In Massachusetts

When you think medieval castle, Massachusetts is not a location that quickly pops to mind. Scotland, Ireland, Germany, Belgium? Sure. Massachusetts? Not so much. But much to my surprise, Gloucester, MA has an interesting facsimile of a medieval castle – Hammond Castle. Continue reading

Viva Italia!

After each trip, there is the inevitable letdown Jess and I feel when our vacation is done. As regular readers know, we are heading on a SW roundtrip (in less than one month!). But this time when we come back, we have something to look forward to – ITALY! Continue reading

Favorite Photos: Up In the Clouds

Alps cloudsOnce I saw this week’s #FriFotos theme was clouds, I eagerly volunteered to take it on. I’ve been fascinated with clouds – and the sky, stars, moon, etc – since I was a child. There is something very appealing about clouds. They can be wispy, fluffy, lighter than air. Or dark, threatening, and ominous. Here are a few of my favorite cloud pics. Continue reading