10 Things I’ve Learned About Elegance From The French 1

Do you ever get the feeling that someone or something is trying to get you to think about a certain topic? It happens to me all the time – although I admit that I’m often a little slow on the uptake. Sometimes it takes a while before I get the message. The most recent example […]

10 Things I've Learned About Elegance From The French

The Mystique Of French Women

The Mystique Of French Women 2

Last week, I attended an Alliance Française de Melbourne dinner and workshop on the topic of Exceptional Women. Unsurprisingly, all of the women featured in the lecture were French (or spent a great deal of their lives in France) and included names like Joan of Arc, Coco Chanel, Marie Curie, Brigitte Bardot and Edith Piaf. […]


Frenchify Your Friday – Number 52 5

I’m writing this week’s Frenchify Your Friday post with a big smile on my face. Once I hit publish on this piece, we will have shared a years worth of French Friday ideas! And that makes me smile because I remember discussing the whole Frenchify Your Friday concept with Scott twelve months ago. At the […]

Le Tour Eiffel

A chef at Joël Robuchon Hong Kong

So Which Will You Joël Robuchon Dining Experience Will You Choose? 1

One of our favourite things to do while we are travelling – either in France or anywhere else in the world – is to eat at a Michelin starred restaurant. It really is a fabulous vacation treat. And if you go at lunch time, you get the whole fine dining experience and excellent value for […]


Packing Shoes For Paris. Tips And A Season By Season Guide. 10

Packing shoes for Paris is difficult. This is the conclusion I’ve come to after numerous conversations with fellow travellers. Time and time again, I’ve been told how tricky it is to decide on which shoes to take and that it is hard to find comfortable shoes for travel. But packing shoes for Paris – or anywhere […]

Packing shoes for Paris

Joel Robuchon Petit Fours

Frenchify Your Friday – Number 51 4

Welcome to the latest instalment of Frenchify Your Friday. And, if you are a regular reader, you may not be surprised to learn that this week’s idea involves sugar. It seems that you can bring a whole lot of French inspiration to your day with just a touch of the sweet stuff. If you are […]


French Kissing – A Different Perspective 2

I get a real kick out of reading about other travellers experiences of France. I find it both inspirational and informative. And as a result, I spend way too much time reading blog posts about France – so much so, I’m amazed that I ever get anything else done. One of the things I love […]

French Kissing - A Different Perspective

Finding France In Hong Kong

Finding France In Hong Kong

Scotty and I were lucky enough to spend the last week in Hong Kong. It really is a fascinating place to visit and it is safe to say that both of us were completely enchanted by the history, friendly people, amazing views and the beautiful lights. But no matter where in the world we travel, […]


Frenchify Your Friday – Number 50 2

If you’ve ever travelled to Paris, one thing you would have almost certainly have noticed noticed is the absolute abundance of florists. There seems to be one on almost every corner. I just adore the displays at the French florists. Bucket brimming with the freshest blooms spill out onto the footpaths, delighting passers-by with a […]

Fresh flowers

Managing Your Withdrawal Symptoms After A Visit To France

Managing Your Withdrawal Symptoms After A Visit To France 11

Some travellers suffer great distress when France, and most often Paris, doesn’t live up to their expectations. One of my closest friends – a very seasoned traveler – was very concerned before our first trip that France wouldn’t live up to my lofty hopes and I would join the ranks of those disappointed visitors. I […]


Finding French Inspiration – In May

Hello May! I’m so glad you are here! April saw me flat out at work, delivering what may yet turn out to be the biggest project of my career. So for me, May means a little bit of downtime, which starts tomorrow with a short break in Hong Kong. Safe to say I can’t wait […]


If you are trying to master the French language, French radio might help.

Frenchify Your Friday – Number 49 3

I’ve started back at French lessons again. Hmmm – right now, I’m imagining all of you rolling your eyes and wondering if I am actually the slowest learner on the planet… It turns out that although I appear to be eternally inept, I really enjoy the process of learning the French language. I don’t even […]


Master A French Classic – Crêpes 1

Scott is a real fan of street food. No matter where in the world we visit, trying the local street food is high on his list of things to do. I, on the other hand, can take it or leave it. Most of the time I leave it, preferring to eat my food from a […]

Master a French classic. Crêpes.

Some of my favourite French Beaty products can be found ar Galeries Lafayette

My Favourite French Beauty Products 4

  I’ve been very busy at work recently, delivering a big project that has been equal parts exhilarating and exhausting. Unfortunately, I’m not getting any comments about looking exhilarated. I am however getting stacks of feedback about how tired I appear. Which, I guess, is fair enough. I’ve been working long hours and can’t say […]


Frenchify Your Friday – Number 48 3

Welcome to this week’s Frenchify Your Friday! If you happen to have had a week as crazy as mine, you might be looking for a sweet treat. A ‘goldilocks’ sort of treat. Nothing too big, but something small and comforting. Something just right. Even if you haven’t had a crazy week, you might still be […]

Frenchify your Friday with Madeleines