Lunch – French Style

Before we get into today’s post, I just want to take a moment to recognise the Thanksgiving holiday and to send all of our U.S. readers some love. I hope you are enjoying a time of peace and togetherness. When you stop to think about it, there really is so much to be grateful for […]

Lunch - French Style

Choose Your Jewellery Like A French Woman

How To Choose Your Jewellery Like A French Woman

There are days when I feel like I’m a bit of a stalker. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not following people home or setting myself up outside their workplaces, binoculars in hand. But I do engage in an awful lot of people watching. On our most recent trip to France, I set myself the assignment […]


My Latest French Pharmacy Finds

Forget the Louvre. Ditch Notre Dame. And scrap the Eiffel Tower. If there is only one destination you visit while you are in Paris, it should be a pharmacy. French pharmacies are renowned the world over for the wealth of skincare lotions and potions that can be found just below a flashing green cross. On […]

French Pharmacy Finds

How Different Things Can Be In France

How Different Things Can Be In France

A little while ago, I asked you what you’d be keen to see more of on Distant Francophile. And many of you replied that you’d love to learn more about some of the cultural differences that pop up between France and other parts of the world. In order to ensure that I could provide enough […]


Finding French Inspiration – In November

Welcome to November! Scott and I arrived home last night, after spending almost all of October in France. As usual, we had an amazing time. But, honestly, we would have been hard pressed not to with cities and towns like Annecy, Bordeaux and Toulouse on our itinerary. Highlights for me included a small plane flight […]

French Inspiration

Investing in a coat

My Top Tips For Investing In A Coat

When it comes to looking stylish, there’s a lot to be said for a good coat. We’ve just spent most of October in France. And while the weather was quite warm when we first landed and during our time in the South, it has cooled down markedly now that we are heading for home. As […]


Les Sources De Caudalie – So Good I’m Breaking The Rules

I’m breaking my own rules today. Regular readers will know that I rarely recommend accommodation options here on Distant Francophile. To my mind, choosing where to stay while travelling is a very personal thing. Tastes, budgets and expectations of a perfect getaway all come into play when we decide whether or not we like a […]

Les Sources de Caudalie

Not Even The French Can Be Cool All The Time

Not Even The French Can Be Cool All The Time

We were there the day the cows came home. If you want the sentence above to make sense, I’m going to have to give you a little context. Just recently, we spent a week in Annecy, a large city in France’s Haute-Savoie region which is located in the east of the country. Annecy is well […]


My French Inspired Reading List

Thanks to attending university as an adult I am a pretty fast reader. Very fast in fact. It is extremely helpful when it comes to reading reports at work. Those reports, sadly, make up the majority of my reading when I’m at home. Yep, apart from a handful of blogs that I follow, I don’t […]

French Inspired Reading List

Frenchify Your Friday

Frenchify Your Friday – Number 65

Last Friday, while we were in the French city of Annecy, Scott and I were clever enough to stop into a local bar for l’apéro. The air was cool but the sun was still shining and the tables on the terrace were almost completely full. The vibe was happy and buzzy (as Scotty described it). […]


The Secrets Of French Women

You can learn the easy way or the hard way. Personally, I’m always a fan of finding the easy way. People watching is one my very favourite things to do in France – and one of the simplest ways I’ve found to learn about the French people. Whether we are in the big cities or […]

The Secrets Of French Women

What are they wearing in Paris right now?

What Are They Wearing In Paris Right Now?

Today’s top travel tip for fashion loving francophiles. If you are only spending one day in Paris, make sure you time your visit to coincide with Fashion Week. Somehow, via good luck and absolutely no management whatsoever, that’s exactly what I managed to do on our recent visit. Now Paris is wonderful for people watching […]


Finding French Inspiration – In October

I simply adore writing our monthly inspiration posts from France. While it doesn’t happen all that often, whenever it does I always feel like I have so much more to share with you. It’s probably got something to do with the fact that I’m focussed on taking everything in. Or perhaps it has something to […]

French inspiration in October

Questions about France

Five Questions About France I’ve Been Asked This Week

Well, after a rather long count down, our trip is finally here. We try to travel to France at least once a year and we are spending almost five weeks there this time. This will be our longest stint ever in France – and I just can’t wait to get there. I’ve got to tell […]


Do You Make The Ultimate Packing Mistake?

  My mind is definitely in packing mode at the moment. Not only am I right in the middle of packing for our upcoming trip to France (we fly next Wednesday) but I’ve also been travelling extensively with my day job. Last week, as I travelled to an interstate conference with workmates, several conversations reminded […]

Ultimate packing mistake