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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 … Read more

Visions of Barneys, Gumps and Macys Danced in their Heads

Remember when you were little, and that Christmas catalog or the toy store’s Christmas ad came out (you know the one, with more than 20 pages of TOYS)? Did you circle everything you wanted and dog-eared your favorite pages for Santa, like I did? Imagine doing that now, in person. That’s what our Christmas outing in San Francisco is like. Like children on a new playground, we wonder in amazement at everything around us.

Napa Valley Girlfriend Getaway

Sometimes a girl just has to get away. Our girls’ weekend is an escape from all our daily duties and responsibilities and an opportunity to partake in a few of the things we ladies like best. At least once a year my friends and I take a long weekend in the Napa Valley and indulge some in wining, dining, relaxing, and pampering. Sometimes the weekend resembles a teenage slumber party, and at other times it can feel like life of the rich and famous. These escapes are always about reconnecting with each other and having fun.

Visit the Napa Valley

Planning a vacation to the Napa wineries I’m excited to tell you that, as I write, I’m actually sitting in a hotel room in Napa after a long day of exploring wineries up and down this Valley. And yes, I’ve got a glass of wine by my side! For this month’s column, I’m taking inspiration … Read more

Must-See Sites Of Sacramento


Sacramento, or the City of Trees, has a surprising amount to offer both residents and travellers alike. So, if you are traveling from the San Francisco Bay Area on your way to Tahoe, are making your way up Highway 5, or just want a fun weekend away, carve out some time to visit California’s capital … Read more