Doni Belau launched Girls’ Guide to Paris www.girlsguidetoparis.com in September of 2009, a travel website and guide about everything Paris related. After 8 years as an on-line guide to Paris, GG2P now has over 1 million readers per year and 75,000 social media followers (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Pinterest).
GG2P sells downloadable walking tours of Paris and guided tours all across France led by Ms Belau herself. She has authored several books including. Eat in Paris, an e-guide book which was released in 2015. Cider Mill Press ask Ms Belau to write the first ever book on the new Paris Craft Cocktail movement. Paris Cocktails was released on Sept. 15, 2015 and promptly garnered excellent reviews (see NY Times excerpt below). It went quickly into its second printing in December of that year and is still on the shelves of most bookstores including Anthropology. In the spring of 2015, Doni and a partner began a vacation rental section of the GG2P site, which allows their readers to rent handpicked holiday flats in Paris that come with many special GG2P extras.
“[A] delicate balance of chic and kitsch references… and no shortage of drinks inspired by French artists, writers and revolutions, shared by some of the city’s finest mixologists.”
– Elaine Sciolino, The New York Times Style Magazine
Before the travel business overtook her life, Doni was a fundraiser, an activist, and a political and not-for-profit consultant. She served on President Obama’s first national finance committee back in 2007-8, one of the first women to be invited on to that committee. In 2001through 2012 Doni worked with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. at Riverkeeper, the environmental organization, spearheading a Close Indian Point project and later serving on their board.
In 2006 Doni encourage her young friend Whitney Johnson to start Generation Ubuntu and together they conceived of an organization that would help, assist and empower children and young adults who have HIV/AIDS in South Africa. Previous to her not for profit and political work, Ms. Belau worked professionally in media and advertising, producing television commercials.
Doni Belau grew up in the small town of Fremont, Nebraska. She has been married to her high school sweetheart for over 30 years and together they have two grown children. She attended UCLA and she divides her time between Brooklyn, their family home near Bordeaux and Paris, her favorite city.