Place de la Concorde and a Chic Breakdown in Paris

As I was ambling through the Tuileries Gardens one vaguely hot summer afternoon last August (crumb-filled patisserie bag in hand), I was more than delighted to come across this “breakdown” scene smack-dab on the Place de la Concorde. Of course not so delighted for the poor men who were stuck in the sun with their now-defunct car, but delighted that I was having one of those fabulous travel moments that allows us to escape reality for even a split second…and dream.

Going Gluten Free in Paris


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 … Read more

Bistro, Brasserie, Café, Wine Bar? Where to Eat In France | The Differences


What are the differences between a Paris bistro, brasserie, café & wine bar? France is famous for its cuisine, and with establishments ranging from three-star Michelin gastronomic havens to sidewalk crêpe stands doling out thin pancakes with Nutella, the choices are varied. For most tourists passing through Paris, however, the day-to-day meal falls along the curve of … Read more

Do you still buy traditional guidebooks?

…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 … Read more

Champagne Wishes, Sparkling Wine Dreams

The history of Champagne, or the sparkling wine, that can only come from the Champagne region of France, is vast. Legends and facts filled with intrigue, invention by mistake, kings and queens, and regional and national rivalries, dazzle and tantalize, much like a crystal flute of the end result itself.

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.

Discovering a Little French Heaven in Annecy

The village of Annecy, located in France’s Haute-Savoie, offers a little bit of ultimate You know those French villages with dramatic landscapes, charming canals, colorful buildings, and adorable residents? The French village of Annecy is one of them – if not the ultimate one. When I got in the Old Town, I was immediately drawn to two things: the … Read more

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