Belle Photo Essays

One of our favorite kinds of travel inspiration is through photography.

Visiting Israel | Climb Masada at Dawn

Visiting Israel and climbing Masada The light from our Bedouin guide's fire is burning low and I can hear the gurgling sound of his hookah in the darkness. My friend and I have long since abandoned our tent to sleep under the stars, and as…

Dublin, Ireland Day Trips: Glendalough and Avoca

Among Dublin, Ireland's most beautiful day trips A co-worker once described Glendalough as “one of the most beautiful places in Ireland,” which is surely high praise given the country's rolling green hills and impressive coastline. Since then, the ancient monastic site has been a top priority…

Visit Borough Market London

  A photo walk in London's Borough market: A foodies' favorite free thing to do in London I don't know when I heard or read about Borough Market London for the first time but I know it was in connection with Jamie Oliver, something along the…

Italian Lake Orta: Silence, Color and Architecture

Exploring Lake Orta: the quiet Italian lake Except for an occasional rattle of pan and muffled cacophony of voices coming from the kitchen of Orta San Giulio's fine restaurants, there are few noises at twilight. Cars aren't allowed in this small town located in Italy's…

Seattle and the glow and squint test of Christmas

Seattle in December, yes, really, days of sparkle and shine "Enjoy the weather; perfect for vampires," a local friend says to me."You'll have to come back in the summer, when the weather's beautiful." I agree with her that I may just have to return in…

Buenos Aires | Visit To Recoleta Cemetery | Argentina Travel

Exploring Recoleta Cemetery (Cementerio de la Recoleta) In the heart of Buenos Aires lies a favorite destination for locals to take an afternoon stroll through the small winding streets, admire the scenery and enjoy the peace and quiet. But this place is not a neighborhood…
day trip, lake maggiore express

Lake Maggiore Express: Breathtaking Day Trip

Italy day trip by boat and train on the Lake Maggiore Express Last Saturday was the one full day our group of five Travel Belles would have together while staying in Piedmont, Italy.  We had a big day planned and there was a train schedule…

Experiencing the Viennese Christmas Markets

Vienna, Austria, has always been amongst my favorite capitals especially because it is very close to Hungary, and easy for me to get there. But I had never visited this wonderful city during Advent. Finally last Saturday I did. The weather was cold and snowy, but this did not dissuade me from looking around and discovering the city and its beautiful Christmas markets.