The most ambitious of the Loire Valley palaces, Chambord was intended as a demonstration of the power and wealth of the French king Francis I. It combines classical French castle architecture with the more modern Italian renaissance styles of the period. It’s scale and ambition exceeded it’s practicality and so it’s story is as interesting as it’s sheer visual appeal and audacity.read more
The Bordeaux region has long been home to some of the best and most famous wines in the world. With four distinct wine producing regions in the Bordeaux area each producing a distinctive range of wines it can be a bit confusing understanding which one might be the best for you. Our guide breaks it down into bite size chunks to help you appreciate the choices available.read more
The Loire Valley is deservedly popular with visitors to France. The region offer a unique insight into France’s history and culture with something to interest any traveler. Beautiful countryside, stunning renaissance Châteaux and the Loire Valley wines famous the world over are just a few of the reasons why it is so popular.read more
The French rail network is an exciting way to explore Paris and France but the different options can get confusing. Our guide to the French Railway Network explains all the different options and the best ways to travel to other parts of France and Europe.read more
Confused about French cheese ? You’re not the only one. With over 400 varieties of cheese, a labeling system comparable to French wine and the challenge of finding some of them – where do you start? In our guide to five French cheeses you should try we demystify French cheese, provide a little history and finish with some tasting notes. Enjoy !read more
Eurostar is a high speed rail service which operates between London, Paris and Brussels and in 2018 Amsterdam. Our in depth guide provides a range of background information about the service and a hands on guide to booking and traveling on this premier rail service from the UK to Paris and onward to mainland Europe.read more
The French baguette may not be as French as you might think. You would be surprised to learn about the role an Austrian soldier and government labor laws played in the development of the French baguette as we know it today. Like the humble croissant the baguette has an interesting past.read more
Inspired by France is a small family run business/blog . We have lived and worked in France at various times in our life and hope to spend a lot more time there in the future.
We love all things French ranging from film, music and literature to the simple pleasures of French cooking and the odd glass of wine. We want to share our love of France with other France fanatics !