Master A French Classic – Macarons 2

Although I couldn’t tell you exactly who it was, I remember someone telling me once that macarons – those gorgeous jewel-like French sweet treats – were just a passing fad. That was about 10 years ago now. At this point in time I’m prepared to make a call and say that whoever they were, they […]

Master a French classic - Macarons

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Frenchify Your Friday – Number 57 2

It is time to Frenchify Your Friday, and we have Distant Francophile reader Anita to thank for this week’s idea. You see, it was Anita who, via a comment in response to our Managing Your Withdrawal Symptoms After A Visit To France post, reminded me of Google Street View. Here’s how Anita articulated the idea: […]


My Three Essentials For Dressing Like A French Woman 4

Last week’s post about my complete lack of anything that even resembles a capsule wardrobe certainly got the conversation flowing. Thank you so much to all of you who contributed your thoughts and tips – they really were amazing and very much appreciated. We’ve completed our wardrobe makeover now and while I (still) have many […]

Essentials for dressing like a French woman

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Frenchify Your Friday – Number 56 4

I was reading an article earlier in the week regarding some of the differences between the French culture and other cultures. It was a well researched piece, full of interesting facts and figures. One difference jumped out at me. According to the writer, the French don’t eat out as often as some of the rest […]


My French Life And Distant Francophile Team Up Again 6

I’ve never written about this before but I am a big, big fan of goal setting. While I don’t go as far as reading my goals every day, I do write them down. And I am very happy to talk about my goals with the special people in my life. I remember very clearly the […]

French inspiration

French capsule wardrobe

A French Capsule Wardrobe? 8

It’s a long weekend here in Melbourne and yesterday, completely on a whim, Scott and I decided to rip out and replace the insides of our built-in-robes. This decision prompted me to think about three things: Renovations – no matter how minor – always take longer than you think they will. Yep, we’ll be lucky […]


Frenchify Your Friday – Number 55 4

To Frenchify Your Friday this week, we are recommending you spend a little time in a park. Or a garden. Either will do the trick. The French love their parks and gardens. This sentence is unsurprising on so many levels. Firstly, public French outdoor spaces are simply gorgeous. Secondly, and probably more importantly, with French […]

Parisian gardens

Thirty Chic Days – A Book Review 4

Over the years, I’ve been lucky enough to discover so many fellow bloggers who are as fascinated as I am with the French lifestyle and the French woman’s sense of ‘joie de vivre’. One of these is New Zealand’s Fiona Ferris. I became aware of Fiona’s work thanks to Tonya Leigh’s French Kiss Life site. For […]


Packing For Paris In Summer – And Our Latest Free Packing Guide 4

You are probably aware – either via the news or the astonishing Instagram photos – that the rain has been bucketing down in Paris. To say that it has been a rather damp start to the Parisian summer is a bit of an understatement really! With so much discussion going on about the Parisian weather […]

Packing for Paris in summer

Chocolat chaud

Frenchify Your Friday – Number 54 2

Winter has hit Melbourne in a big way over the last couple of weeks. We’ve had rain, fog and some decidedly chilly temperatures. The minute this sort of weather arrives, my mind immediately turns to things like cashmere scarves, open fires and that most Parisian of treats, hot chocolate. Now judging by the sheer number […]


Finding French Inspiration – In June

Welcome to June! If you are looking for some French inspiration this month, you’ve come to the right place. And I don’t think it is right to make you wait. Let’s get straight into it! On Paris June is such a popular time to visit Paris. I’m sure there are stacks of Distant Francophile readers […]

French inspiration

Let you hobby guide your visit to France

Let Your Hobby Guide Your Visit To France

As you have probably figured out by now, Scott is a bit of a railway enthusiast. To most people trains are just a way of getting to and from work and offer little else, apart from an annoyance when you get stuck at a level crossing! But for Scott, they offer something more. He loves […]


Frenchify Your Friday – Number 53 4

Last week’s Frenchify Your Friday anniversary was an excellent opportunity for me reacquaint myself with the French Friday topics I’d written about over the year. That also meant that I had a chance to consider the topics that I’ve missed – and I’ve got to tell you that there were a few surprises on that […]

Frenchify your Friday By Reading Something French

10 Things I've Learned About Elegance From The French

10 Things I’ve Learned About Elegance From The French 4

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 […]


The Mystique Of French Women 3

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. […]

The Mystique Of French Women