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.
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
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
…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
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.
If staying in a hotel feels too impersonal and the idea of couch-surfing on a stranger’s sofa is altogether too personal, a bed and breakfast is the perfect middle ground. Although the practice varies from country to country and the accommodation itself ranges from boutique hotel-style luxury to a fairly plain bedroom with no ensuite, … Read more
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.
If I close my eyes I can see the village of Roussillon tucked on a hill dotted with scrubby pine between the mountains of the Vaucluse and Luberon. Every provençal cliché is there: hot pink bougainvillea against an azure blue sky, buildings in myriad shades of the same red ochre found in the landscape. We … Read more
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
A beautiful little village in Dordogne that sells chocolate shoes? Sarlat is my idea of heaven on earth. In France, pleasure is taken very seriously, and nowhere more so than in the town of Sarlat in the Dordogne Valley. I knew as soon as I arrived that this was a place made for a Travel … Read more