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cité du vin

Cité du Vin: a Wine Lover’s Paradise in Bordeaux

Follow INSPIRELLE on a journey through La Cité du Vin in Bordeaux, a wine lover's paradise which is both a museum and a virtual journey through the life and culture of wine around the world.
Mimi Thorisson

Mimi Thorisson: From City Girl to French Countryside Cooking Sensation

Mimi's story is the stuff that fairy tales are made of. Find out how a photo of her garden cake went viral, leading to cooking shows, book deals and global celebrity.
French university

Reality Check: Studying Abroad in a French University

An Irish student shares the highs and lows of her first year studying abroad in a new system, a new subject and a new language at a French university.
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.
Camino de Santiago

A Spiritual Walk on the Camino de Santiago Inspires an Exhibition

A wine merchant describes the life-changing experience walking the Camino de Santiago that led her back to painting and a new exhibition of her works.
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.
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.
career abroad

Expat Life: Write Your Own Career Narrative Abroad

Tips on how to take charge of your own story and make the most of new opportunities for an exciting and fulfilling career abroad.
moving to Paris

Paris Plunge: 5 Things I Learned When I Moved to Paris

I've learned a lot in a short time here in France. And not just about France, either. I’ve learned about myself, what kind of strength and resolve I might have even when I can’t see it, about my friends and family, and about risks being worth it even if they’re scary.
living in France

10 Quirky Things I’ve Discovered About Living in France

From banks with no cash to square pillowcases, an American chef and blogger shares the odd things she's noticed about life in France.