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Belles enjoy books, movies and music that inspire travel.


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.

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.

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.

The Bad Belles of the Holiday Season

Last week you were introduced to a few of Europe's most shady Christmas characters. This week to prove that societal inflicted anxiety that accompanies many Christmas traditions does not stop with the efforts of a few ugly paternal types whose existence plays bad cop to Santa Claus's good, we bring you a few female holiday heavies.

Brunetti’s Cookbook Review

Bookstores, Italian Food & Italy Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore? ~ Henry Ward Beecher ~ I would add to that, “as in front of Italian food.” Most people will probably arrive at Brunetti’s Cookbook because they are already fans of Donna…