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tips for hosting visitors to Paris

5 Tips to Handle the Onslaught of Visitors to Paris

Every year, approximately 46 million visitors will walk the narrow cobblestone streets of Paris, and when you live in Paris, you sometimes feel like you are personally responsible for about half of them. That may be a slight exaggeration, but it is true that when you live in the City of Light, everyone you know will want to visit at some point, and you’ll find that once the spring season has begun, your spare couch will suddenly become the busiest hotel in the city.
bordeaux cuisine

Bordeaux: A Gastronomical City as Great as Paris – Just Ask My Father!

Bordeaux: You come, following a long journey, to a place you have never been before. Preparations have been made for your visit long in advance – ducks have been fattened, grapes made into wine. A French family opens its doors to you, and begins to feed you. They feed you, and feed you and feed you. When you can't eat anymore, they are happy to show you their city and the region.
museum treasure hunts with THATLou

THATLou Founder Takes Museum Treasure Hunts Across the Channel

INSPIRELLE gets up close with Daisy de Plume, an American journalist whose Parisian museum treasure hunts have been such a bit hit she's taking them to London.

Why It’s the Perfect Time to Visit Cuba

I just returned from a week-long holiday in Cuba. I chose the Caribbean island partly because I envisioned a week of R & R on white sandy beaches with cool Salsa music, and partly because I was curious. Very curious to know what life was like in one of the last bastions of Communism.
Heather Stimmler-Hall

Up Close With the Woman Behind “Secrets of Paris” and “Naughty Paris”

Who can resist learning the “Secrets of Paris”? And who knows them better than Heather Stimmler-Hall, the creative founder of an extraordinarily popular website and unique French tours. Heather began writing about the City of Light on the Internet when few of us even knew what a blog was.
Author Elaine Sciolino © Gabriela Sciolino Plump

Bestselling Author Elaine Sciolino Opens Up About “The Only Street in Paris”

Elaine Sciolino’s latest bestseller about her French neighborhood street, la rue des Martyrs, is already rumored to become the favorite in this year’s list of best Paris books. Sciolino has lovingly, brilliantly and thoroughly written about la rue des Martyrs in the 9th arrondissment of Paris, which for the author is “The Only Street in Paris”.
The Only Street in Paris

Exclusive Book Excerpt: “The Only Street in Paris”

Bestselling author Elaine Sciolino shares an excerpt from her latest book, The Only Street in Paris: Life on the Rue des Martyrs, where she leads publisher Arianna Huffington on a secondhand clothing shopping expedition on her beloved rue des Martyrs.
Paris for Seniors

Meet Genevieve Spicer: Ensuring Seniors Have a Blast in Paris

If you’re thinking of a trip to Paris after retirement or if your elderly parents or grandparents are hitting town for the first time, how best to plan this visit? Meet Genevieve Spicer, who knows how to make sure seniors have a whopping good time in Paris.

Marathon Woman: 5 Parisian Races to Run in 2016

If you’re looking to become more active this year or maybe shave off some of that stubborn holiday weight, consider signing up for a race to help motivate you to get out running on a regular basis. Paris is host to dozens of great races throughout the year, and here are some of my favorites to get you started.
Hotel Westminster Signature Room

Get the Royal Treatment at Hôtel Westminster in Paris

From the moment you walk into the elegant and inviting lobby of the Hôtel Westminster, you’ll be made to feel right at home. For over 200 years, this quintessentially Parisian hotel has been synonymous with luxury, sophistication and stellar service fit for royalty.