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‘NOLA Girl Gone Green’ Nicolette Colly goes to Asia!

Written by  Nicolette Colly
Editor’s Note: Ms. Nicolette Colly is as New Orleans as they come. Born and raised in Gentilly, a graduate of Eleanor McMain High School, Loyola University New Orleans, and Southern University Law Center, Nicolette is currently an Assistant Attorney General at the Louisiana Department of Justice in Baton Rouge and fitness guru. Join Nicolette on her journey of healthier living. - See more at: http://www.inthenola.com/news/nola-living/item/3996-nola-girl-gone-green-10-tips-to-get-started-on-a-healthier-lifestyle#sthash.aqojjUdW.dpuf
Editor’s Note: Ms. Nicolette Colly is as New Orleans as they come. Born and raised in Gentilly, a graduate of Eleanor McMain High School, Loyola University New Orleans, and Southern University Law Center, Nicolette is a fitness instructor, personal trainer, and soon to be health coach. Join Nicolette on her journey of healthier living.

Editor’s Note: Ms. Nicolette Colly is as New Orleans as they come. Born and raised in Gentilly, a graduate of Eleanor McMain High School, Loyola University New Orleans, and Southern University Law Center, Nicolette is currently an Assistant Attorney General at the Louisiana Department of Justice in Baton Rouge and fitness guru. Join Nicolette on her journey of healthier living. - See more at: http://www.inthenola.com/news/nola-living/item/3996-nola-girl-gone-green-10-tips-to-get-started-on-a-healthier-lifestyle#sthash.aqojjUdW.dpuf
I try my best to keep these short, but that's pretty much impossible. So grab some tea and a comfy chair because Vietnam was amazing!
I started out at a great hotel called Holiday Beach in Da Nang with  a 60-minute spa treatment every day and complimentary breakfast. The food was pretty good for a hotel and the pools were beautiful. There was a mall next to the hotel where we tried cookies made from durian. If you've ever had durian, you know how stinky and funny-tasting it is. I don't recommend it!
 
Our first visit was to Hoi An, a little riverside town that was once a major port. It reminded me so much of the French Quarter in New Orleans: on the river, ancient architecture, crowded, stinky, yet timeless, charming, and vibrant. The Thu Bon River runs through it and it overlooks the East Vietnam Sea. Everyone hustled about, but there were some lazy little spots where you could hang out and take in the sights and sounds.
 
From my research, I found that Hoi An has become a bit of a tourist trap which was obvious with so many shops everywhere you looked. I did get a few good pics on the river and at the covered bridge. My cousin and I were hoping to hunt down some authentic Vietnamese cuisine, but the hotel concierge unfortunately sent us to a tourist trap. The food was ok, but it was Americanized. We should've gone with our first mind and had the street food. You win some, you lose some.
 
The next day we visited Lady Buddha. I didn't know such a thing existed. The grounds, home to a beautiful pagoda complex, were serene and peaceful. The view of the ocean was breathtaking. The scenery and Lady Buddha can all be taken in for free. This was truly an opportunity to get quiet and listen. Too bad I didn't do that. We had to snap some pics and keep it moving. Marble Mountain was next on our list.
 
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