If you’re setting sail in southwest France with Inspirato on the Bordeaux River Cruise, or visiting the region on another Inspirato trip, we’ve got a few ideas and tips to help you get inspired and ready for your adventure.

What to watch

Bon Voyage, a sweeping French period piece directed by Jean-Paul Rappeneau, begins in Paris at the start of World War II. Love affairs, murder coverups, German spies, and an important scientific endeavor converge at a hotel in Bordeaux, where socialites and criminals alike have traveled to seek refuge from the imminent Nazi occupation of Paris. Watch for shots of Bordeaux’s historic streets and landmarks like the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux.

What to listen to

We’ve curated this playlist with a selection of French tunes to set the mood for your upcoming voyage—you may recognize a few songs from Amélie, Chocolat, or Moulin Rouge. Put it on as you pack, or even enjoy it in your cabin with a glass of wine once you’re aboard the S.S. Bon Voyage.

What to drink

We don’t need to tell you that this region of France is known for its wine. But it’s fun to shake things up a little without straying too far off the beaten path. Lillet is a wine-based aperitif made in the small French town of Podensac, south of Bordeaux. Add two parts Lillet Blanc to one part vodka and you’ve got a reverse martini; garnish with a lemon twist for the finishing touch and enjoy while you pack.

What to eat

During your stopover in Libourne, you’ll have plenty of time to explore this picturesque commune of vineyards and quaint villages. And if you’re seeking a can’t-miss bite during the day, Chez Rémi, nestled along the shores of the Dordogne River, is well worth a visit. This cozy, family-owned eatery offers homemade French cuisine and generous portions. Try the duck breast while taking in river views after a day of exploring Libourne.

What to pack

Southwest France in the fall typically sees mild temperatures in the high 60s, dipping down into the 50s at night. Pack plenty of layers—a structured pea coat for evenings out will make you feel like a local on Bordeaux’s chic streets. (The city is often called the “mini Paris” for its trendy boutiques and shopping scene.)

Missed the boat for this year’s cruise? Don’t fret—there’s plenty of time to start thinking about Inspirato’s 2020 cruise offerings, or to begin planning your own adventure to France’s enchanting wine region. Contact your Care team to get started.

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  • Helen says:

    What to read : Wine and War: The French, the Nazis, and the Battle for France’s Greatest Treasure by Don and Petie Kladstrup.
    The remarkable untold story of France’s courageous, clever vinters who protected and rescued the country’s most treasured commodity from German plunder during World War II.

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