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Almost French: A Francophile’s Review

I must confess I am a self-proclaimed Francophile. A visit to Paris brings about a new appreciation for French culture, lifestyle & its people. Unfortunately I am not able to visit as often as I would like, therefore I am constantly in search of books about France, movies or anything, to fulfill my French obsessions.

Weekly Question Round-up: Favorite Travel Films


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 range of genres and eras and enthused over common favourites together. So, what’s on the Travel Belles ‘Must-see Movies’ list?

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Labyrinth by Kate Mosse: A French Medieval Geek’s Review

Labyrinth, by Kate Mosse, was the book which led me to Carcassonne, a town in the South of France. In simple terms, this is a time-slip, grail-quest novel, but this does it would be a disservice to say this book is just like The Da Vinci Code. Labyrinth is not merely a holiday read, jumping on the Grail bandwagon; it is well-researched and rich in historical fact, combined with a touch of magic.

6 Literary Spots in Rome

Rome’s influence on literature has been perennial. From the time of Ovid and Virgil to the Anglo-Saxon influx of writers such as Charles Dickens, Henry James, Nathaniel Hawthorne and young John Keats, all the way up to the more recent time of Alberto Moravia and Carlo Emilio Gadda, Rome has captured the imagination and thoughts of many great writers.