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Looking for the best places to visit in France? One of the things Travel Belles do well is finding them. Wheither you are looking for things to do in Paris or for that perfect French village you've dreamed of discovering, we're here to help!

Going Gluten Free in Paris

gluten free in paris

For travelers with celiac disease or a gluten intolerance, going gluten-free in unfamiliar cities can feel like a minefield and can take some of the spontaneous fun out of city breaks. I’ve been traveling gluten-free for 6 years now, so with a few gluten-free guides of popular destinations, I hope to show that no gluten […]

Review: Les Intouchables

Photo courtesy of Uni France Films

French cinema is having something of a renaissance, with films sweeping across the channel attracting a global audience. Les Intouchables raises the bar even higher, breaking box-office records set by previous smashes such as ‘Amelie’ and ‘The Chorus’. A laugh-out-loud comedy, and a touching, original story, watch it before Hollywood gets their hands on the rights.

Language: French

Running Time: 112 minutes

Director: Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano

Starring: François Cluzet, Omar Sy

Genre: Comedy Drama

Rating: 4 stars

Philippe and Driss. Photo courtesy of Uni France Films.

The Film

Philippe (Cluzet), is a multi-millionaire Parisian with a short temper and a love of classical music and pretentious art. He is also a quadriplegic, confined to a state-of-the-art wheelchair. Driss (Sy), is a French-African born into the slums of Paris, where drugs and violence are a way of life. They form an unlikely partnership when Driss turns up at a job interview with Philippe just so he can get his social security benefit, and ends up with a job as Philippe’s carer. Philippe’s dull, clinical world is flung into disarray as Driss delights in driving his supercars, flirting with Philippe’s assistant and disbelievingly pouring hot water onto his boss’ unfeeling legs. Life without Driss is soon unthinkable, but are their …read more

Do you still buy traditional guidebooks?

Tuileries Gardens

…And do you have a favorite Paris hotel? The Travel Belles tackle the practical question of travel information-gathering, and dream about best places to stay in the City of Light.   Weekly Question #14: Do you still use traditional guidebooks? Considering we’re a committed group of internet-savvy, blog-writing Travel Belles, it seems we still have […]

An Amelie Tour of Paris

Cafe des 2 Moulins

Thirteen years ago, an off-beat French film captured the hearts and imaginations of people all over the world and propelled Audrey Tatou to stardom. Le Fableux Destin d’Amelie Poulain remains an iconic Parisian film, with such a sweet story at its heart that you just can’t help but fall in love with Amélie and her city, and there’s no better way to relive the film than with an Amelie tour of Paris.

If you’d like to know more about the film, read the review here.

In the film, Amelie is a waitress at the Cafe des 2 Moulins, a real Montmatre cafe.

These days, though the Amélie obsession there once was in Paris has quietened, the film is still deeply intertwined into Paris life. Stand long enough in the Gare du Nord, which was one of the locations used in the film, and the tinkling, melodic music of Yann Tiersen’s soundtrack will fill the air, courtesy of an amateur pianist at one of the public pianos.

But it is in Montmartre that the film really comes to life. Walking up Rue Lepic, close to the Moulin Rouge, the Café des 2 Moulins is an unprepossessing …read more

Rediscovering Paris

Ile Saint-Louis, Paris

The whole of Paris stretched out before me. The golden dome of Les Invalides glittered in the sunlight, and if I craned my neck, I could just glimpse the Eiffel Tower. Other tourists buzzed around me, up and down the steps, flashes of bright colour. The clouds drifted across the sky. Like one of those […]

Paris in the Fall Favorites

paris notre dame
Our trip to Paris this past Fall is easily one of our favorites to date. I enjoyed the area we stayed in as it wasn’t too touristy but was within walking distance of all the major attractions. We stayed in the Marais, which is such a vibrant and interesting arrondissement. Below is a list of our favorite places that we discovered. Thanks to Lindsey of

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Around the Belle-es-sphere: March Edition

Lago di Orta, Italy, piedmont

Good morning from Queensland, Australia! In this month’s edition of  Around the Belle-es-sphere we’re heading to  Provence, Budapest, California, and Italy through the words and photos of our Belle friends from around the globe. We start with a beautiful weekend getaway in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence by Tuula: Weekend in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence Belle Provence Travels, 16 February 2014, France […]

A Visit to the Escargot Farm in Estoher, France

southern france, perpignan

La ferme aux escargots near Perpignan My first experience with escargots was, quite appropriately, in a Parisian bistro famous for their roast chicken called L’Ami Louis. In this particular establishment, a dozen giant escargots de Bourgogne arrive on a glass platter destined for this purpose, stuffed to the brim with a delectable parsley and garlic […]