Girls’ Guide to Paris was created by Doni Belau
About Girls’ Guide to Paris
The New York–based GirlsGuideToParis.com, an all-encompassing online city guide created in 2009 by Francophile Doni Belau, currently features and manages over 4,000 pages of fun ideas, services and insider tips for shopping in, dining in and visiting Paris—all tested and personally selected with care by Doni and her team of locally based editors.
With nearly 70,000 monthly readers, 17,000-plus newsletter subscribers, 9,000-plus active Facebook fans and 18,000-plus Twitter followers, the Girls’ Guide to Paris community comprises 500,000 unique visitors per year from the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia.
A circle of friends for lovers of all things French, the Girls’ Guide to Paris Travel Club was created in December 2011 to show our users how much we value them and to enhance both their Paris and online experiences.
Coupled with insider info and tips on our site, our Travel Club rewards loyal visitors with members-only, value-added services, privileges and benefits at more than 100 handpicked and carefully curated businesses year-round.
Shopping discounts, reduced rates (for hotels, spas, tours, apartment rentals), exclusive invitations—in a nutshell, travelers to Paris can now be more prepared than ever to tackle our favorite city with ease and panache and bring home stories to tell their friends!
Doni Belau, Founder
In 2000, after many visits to Paris, Ms. Belau and her hubby bought an apartment in the 6th Arrondissement during a “what the hell” moment. Doni had fallen hopelessly in love with this city of endless style and beauty, where women can be whoever they want, or so she believed, and a holiday home can be the holder and keeper of dreams. Many wonderful hours were spent there on the rue Lobineau with the kids, with family, with girlfriends and with new French friends.
While the apartment is no more, Doni continues to visit her favorite place on earth many times each year and obsessively combs through every guidebook about Paris, scours nearly every blog and travel magazine, and spends countless hours hunting down the newest restaurants and shops in the City of Light. Doni has traveled to Paris many times with groups of girlfriends, as well as her sister, her niece and her teenage daughter and friends. She will certify that every girl—of any age—can have a fabulous time in her favorite place. Before travel overtook her life, Doni worked in the nonprofit arena and in advertising. Her mission now is to continue introducing her favorite parts of Paris to friends, acquaintances and anyone on the street who will listen.
Doni Belau, GG2P’s founder is available for speaking engagements worldwide. Contact [email protected] to learn more.
Alliance Francaise clubs can arrange for her to speak via this link, http://www.afusa.org/culturalofferings.php.
In addition to our bevy of fabulous lady bloggers in Paris, we are always scouting for new talent. If you are interested in contributing to our online city guide, please submit several examples of your writing and blog posts to [email protected].
Our articles typically range from 300 to 500 words, all references need to be hyperlinked and we require 3–4 excellent photos with proper credits per post. We do not pay any writers who are not regulars with us, but we’d love to help you promote your own blog. Sorry, we do not accept commercial posts.
The Girls’ Guide to Paris bloggers on the ground in Paris experience, write and bring to you the most up-to-date information about What’s Hot right now in the City of Light. Their backgrounds and interests are as varied as their ages and countries of origin. Our desire is to offer readers several versions of Paris, because we understand that what women want and can afford at various stages of our lives will continue to change.
Each of our bloggers, with her own perspective and a love of Paris, has continued to inspire our team and thousands of women since our site’s creation in 2009.