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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

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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 […]

Do you still buy traditional guidebooks?

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…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 […]

Rediscovering Paris

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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 […]

Around the Belle-es-sphere: March Edition

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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

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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 […]

Languedoc-Roussillon: A Guide to the Other South of France

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Southern France is more than the congested promenades of Nice and the high-fashion coastal towns of the Riviera. The Languedoc-Roussillon region, which spans the Mediterranean coast from Provence to Spain, is a relaxed and affordable alternative to Provence. What it lacks in name recognition it makes up for in sandy beaches that surpass those of the […]

Prehistoric Europe in Tautavel, France

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There’s a certain timelessness to be found in the Aude. This department in Languedoc-Roussillon in the southwest of France, hidden in the peaks and valleys of the Pyrenees, seems almost caught between eras: the puttering Deux Cheveaux – affectionately called dodoches by the locals – could place us in the 1960s, but the mountains themselves could […]

Le Cap d'Agde: My Unlikely Ghost Town

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Ever wonder what a popular Mediterranean sea-and-sun spot looks like in winter? Deserted alleyways lined with boarded-up shops. Boulevards void of vehicles. Vacant apartment complexes, every window shuttered. No, this isn’t a post zombie-apocalypse alternate dimension. It’s a beach resort town in the south of France in mid-January. Le Cap d’Agde is known throughout France and the rest of Western […]

Even More Budget Restaurants in Paris

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Where to eat in Paris’ 6th to 10th arrondissements without breaking the bank Editor’s note: This article is a follow-up to Emily’s suggestions for budget restaurants in the 1st to 5th arrondissements 6th arrondissement The 6th arrondissement is a great location for shopping; the boutiques along rue du Four are particularly worth exploring, but you’ll need somewhere to grab […]