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 […]

Not Even The French Can Be Cool All The Time

French Inspired Reading List

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 […]

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). […]

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The Secrets Of French Women

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 […]

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 […]

What are they wearing in Paris right now?

French inspiration in October

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 […]

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 […]

Questions about France

Ultimate packing mistake

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 […]

Flying Equals Drying – Five Tips For Avoiding In-flight Dehydration

It’s well known that flying equals drying. And long haul flights – which is all we can do if we actually want visit anywhere outside Australia – can be particularly dehydrating. But despite the fact that I seem to spend half my life in airports, I didn’t realise how much flying could dry you out […]

Avoiding In-flight Dehydration

Plan for a trip to France

How To Plan For A Trip To France

If you ask me, a truly spectacular visit to France requires more than a little forethought. If you want to experience the best France has to offer and avoid disappointment when it comes to things like accommodation and restaurant reservations, you’ll want to do some planning. We covered all the reasons trip planning is important […]

Frenchify Your Friday – Number 64

One of the things that Scott and I love about visiting France is being introduced to new wines. More through good luck than via specific design, our travels over the years have seen us experience the tastes of Burgundy, Beaujolais, the Rhone-Valley, Sancerre and Champagne. And we’re heading to Bordeaux next month. You probably don’t […]

Learn about French wine

Paris during September

Finding French Inspiration – In September

Hello September. I’m so happy to see you! If you’re a regular here at Distant Francophile, you’ll know that we head back to France later this month. A fact which, rather obviously, explains my excitement about September arriving. This time, we’ll be travelling during autumn. I simply can’t wait to visit France during autumn again. […]

Frenchify Your Friday – Number 63

Welcome to a fresh, new Frenchify Your Friday. Speaking of fresh and new, here in Melbourne the very first signs of spring are starting to peek out from behind the covers of a long, cold winter. Every now and then we have a warmer day. Spring bulbs are starting to pop up. And it is […]

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Why planning for France is so important

Why Planning For France Is So Important

Europe – and France in particular – holds such a fascination for so many people.  You rarely come across someone who doesn’t love travelling there. At the moment I have two of my staff (from my day job) heading to European destinations and another one who has just returned. With our own trip now a […]

Frenchify Your Friday Favourites

I simply adore French markets. Whether I’m in Paris, or a long way off the beaten track, checking out the local market is an absolute must for me. The first French market we ever experienced was at Anvers in Paris. The apartment we were staying in overlooked the market square and we were fascinated as […]

Marché Anvers is one of my top 10 people watching spots in Paris. Check out the other nine at