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Travel Belles enjoy books, movies and music that inspire travel.

5 Great Latin American Road Movies

CENTRAL STATION, (aka CENTRAL DO BRASIL), Fernanda Montenegro, Vinicius de Oliveria, 1998, (c) Sony Pictures Classics

Beyond The Motorcycle Diaries, here are 5 of the all-time best road trip movies of Latin America With roads stretching across continents, wild jungles, soaring mountains, barren deserts, and icy lands, when it comes to the best road trip movies, Latin America is the place to film. But while Walter Salles’ 2004 hit, The Motorcycle Diaries, […]

Weekly Question Round-up: Favorite Travel Films

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Our second Weekly Question in May asked: What’s your favorite travel-related film? As it turns out, we’re all big film fans, and the conversation took off both in the forum and on Twitter – but most of us found it too hard to choose just one! We introduced each other to films from a whole […]

April Airplane Reads

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If you are lucky enough to be traveling this month or just looking for a new captivating story to sit outside and enjoy the nice weather with, well I have the perfect books for both. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon is the first book in the ever-popular dystopian young adult genre. With the success […]

Little Italy in the Bronx: Magical Realism, Historical Fiction and Food


You can have your great debates over what little Italy is the best little Italy (I’ve been to many, and they are ALL wonderful!) You can have your fist fights over New York versus New Haven pizza (I have loyalties here, so I can’t comment). Only, there’s one Little Italy that stands apart.

Airplane Reads: Where’d You Go, Bernadette?


There very few books that have ever made me laugh out loud. I think it’s fair to say that most fictional novels; while they may have humorous plots, don’t always provide the same instant comical reaction as say your favorite sitcom. Where’d you go, Bernadette? is the newest novel from accomplished screenwriter and author Maria […]

Book Review: Paris, My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light (and Dark Chocolate)

by Karen Regn

Paris, My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light (and Dark Chocolate) by Amy Thomas I have a confession to make. The last time I visited Paris I gained about ten pounds. Yep, that’s right ten pounds spread over eight glorious and wonderful days full of croissants, macaroons, and crepes. I am ashamed that […]

Flirty Italian Phrases


It’s been over two years since Eleonora first shared her cheeky guide for “Italian Curse Words not Needed: Useful Words and Phrases.” Travel Belles, we think it’s time for the next step. Italian men are known for their wooing techniques, and American women are frequently warned of the ploys of the flirtatious Italian ragazzi. But why wait […]