Category Archives: Just Ask Darla!

The Chatou Brocante fair – YouTube

OMG!! I am Literally Drooling!! This is one of my favorite websites.  We are soooo close and yet so far away right now and missing the March show, argh!  Who wants to meet me in September??? Oh my this is beyond YUMMY, enjoy 🙂    

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How To Be More French Looking Now That I Almost Have My French Residency Card!

Found some good advice online from a great blog site: The French Girl Beauty Rules: Makeup Artist Violette Shares Her 8 Essential Secrets Photographed by Taylor Jewell As the fashion flock settles down in Paris for the last leg of the spring 2015 collections, that age-old question resurfaces once more: What is it about French women? The country’s […]

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How To Get A Dog, Yourself and a Lot Of Luggage, From the UK To Ireland: Car Ferry

The question was:  How to get from the Southern most tip of England to Ireland with a dog?  The answer was a car ferry, and we wanted the shortest crossing in case Bella wasn’t happy with this decision of transport!  The answer to that is high speed ferry and there is only one and that […]

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How To Travel and Stay for FREE?

House Sitting, a fairly newer if not even known concept for Americans but a Big deal and quite normal for Australians where the concept seems to have originated based on activity and websites I’ve read. Usually House Sitting is a NON paid, (although sometimes you can get paid) gig whereby you, the house sitter,  stay […]

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Need to Know Where to Eat, Sleep or Play?

Bella Travels Member Profile – TripAdvisor via Member Profile – TripAdvisor. We are building a resource of personally reviewed places for your perusal! We use Trip Advisor ALOT when traveling and deciding where to eat/stay, figured it was easier and more centralized to link you to our page there, vs adding it all the time […]

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A Bad Day in Paradise!? Yes – It Can Happen

Living the DREAM, living abroad;  how exciting, wonderful, fabulous, and its ALL the time right? Well not exactly and not always;  And, its ok to admit it to yourself and go ahead and have a bad day.  Because sometimes it just is a bad day no matter where you are. Missing family, weddings, showers, birthdays. […]

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Traveling Mobile Phone Plans vs. Sim Cards?

Great Question!  I was asked recently by a friend planning a trip to the Med, what is the best way to stay connected?  I have tried all the different methods of staying connected for both data and Voice.  There are many choices and ways to go about it when traveling and will vary based on the […]

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Traveling For a Living-Still Need Business Cards

Retired, traveling for a living, Blogging for a living? You need business cards to represent yourselves.  You will meet so many great and interesting people in your travels and if you want to stay in touch, and have a bit more than just adding them to your iPhone directory, a business card still fits the […]

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The Joy of English Cooking!

No surprise, you’ve heard all the stereo type about English food:  its bland, its fried, its well, Its English! The UK really is trying to shake that stereo type and there are great chefs and gourmet restaurants and a food awakening in jolly old England, And in some parts, they are really getting it figured […]

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Traveling While Staying True to Your Organic Diet/Food Way of Life

As a vegetarian (newly for only 5 months) and 100% organic, Non GMO for 4+ yrs my food is my lifestyle not a “diet” and I am very concerned and focused on maintaining organic and non gmo. I have spent hours and hours cracking the code in grocerers in England and here is what I […]

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How to Make Yourself at Home in Someone Else’s Kitchen!

Traveling and staying in other people’s home for free; sounds Great right? Well it is-  But there are some challenges such as trying to cook dinner in a kitchen you don’t know where everything is and everything is different.  Simple things like a really good knife are not always found in other’s home.  And most/all […]

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Danger, Electrical Hints and Beware’s When Traveling Abroad

Ok, so the biggest thing to think about and know before you pack all those electrical items and ship them clear across the world: England has the wackiest plug-ins and your American or even European appliances won’t plug in!  so you have to pay 5-6pounds to buy adapters to plug them in; so either you […]

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How Do You Bring a Dog To Europe/UK?

Not Easily, that’s how, but it obviously can be done!  First of all it depends on where you are coming from? and where you are headed to? in this case of course, From the USA to the UK.  The UK has the strictest rules vs Europe, so it would be actually easier to go to […]

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What NOT to Bring to Europe From America

YES this is our Real Luggage we brought over! and it was Way too much.  Originally we were going to ship 21 large boxes with full kitchen/household linens/accessories and personal clothing items.  I spent days and days and even weeks trying to figure out a shipping company that was legit and never found anyone and […]

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The #1 Question We are Asked as Ex Pats???

“WHY would you want to move HERE??”  “You’re from California? Oh I’ve always wanted to go there.  Wait, why would you want to move here!?”               Those are the two sentences we hear the very most living abroad!  Obviously, after they ask you where you are from, that is the immediate […]

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