Managing Your Withdrawal Symptoms After A Visit To France 4

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 […]

Managing Your Withdrawal Symptoms After A Visit To France

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 […]


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 […]

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

Master a French classic. Crêpes.

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 […]


My Favourite French Beauty Products 4   Recently updated !

  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 […]

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

Frenchify your Friday with Madeleines

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 […]


A Few More Lessons I’ve Learned From The French 1

I absolutely adore the Distant Francophile community. It is full of beautiful, caring francophiles who also happen to be both talented, amusing and clever! Last week’s post – 20 Things I’ve Learned From The French – certainly got a conversation started between these amazing people. So many others had their own ‘French lessons’ to share […]

Lessons I've learned from the Frem

French tea

French Tea And Me 2

Of all the Australian Capital cities, Melbourne is considered the most ‘European’. Melbournians can thank the large influx of Italian and Greek immigrants back in the 1950s for that title – their culture and customs have meshed with ours over years. As a result, our city is known for atmospheric laneways overflowing with great delicatessens, […]


Frenchify Your Friday – Number 47 3

Looking for an easy and classy way to Frenchify Your Friday this week? An idea that is unlikely to require any thought, effort or time? Something that will suit both ladies and gentlemen alike? If you answered ‘yes’ to those questions, then why not Frenchify Your Friday this week by dressing in black? Yep. Black. […]

Chic. In black. In Paris

TGV

All Aboard – Why We Love The TGV 4

While many people might think rail is an outdated form of transport, the idea of belting through the French countryside at 300kmh on a double deck train with a café – or, if it is little later in the day, a bar – really appeals to Scott. Like you wouldn’t believe. Luckily for Scotty, the […]


20 Things I’ve Learned From The French 8

Travel is an excellent opportunity to learn. About yourself. About your travelling companions. And of course, about the country you travel to. Over the years, I’ve come to see the French culture as my ultimate mentor. I’ve learned so much over the years and sometimes it surprises me just how many of these lessons I’ve […]

Things I've learned from the French

Lemon Meringue Pie

Frenchify Your Friday – Number 46 1

If you follow Distant Francophile on Instagram or Facebook you might be aware that our darling son Cal turned 20 earlier this week. As should always be the case with birthdays, the celebrations went for days. There were dinners out, gifts and cakes. Yep, more than one cake. One of Cal’s thoughtful friends was clever […]


Are You Living Life On Autopilot? 4

One of the things I always notice when I return from France is how easy things are. It feels like I don’t have to think when I get back to Melbourne. Driving is straightforward, as is getting a table in a restaurant. Crossing the road is simple and asking for directions takes no thought at […]

Living life on autopilot

French inspiration

Finding French Inspiration – In April 6

Well, the year continues to fly along. I seriously can’t believe it is April already. But as the days get shorter here in Australia, I’m finding more and more time to track down some excellent French inspiration that I can’t wait to share with all of you. So let’s jump straight in. On Paris Earlier […]


Frenchify Your Friday – Number 45 2

I don’t about you, but I like to start my weekend the way I plan for it to continue – with something yummy. And let’s face it, the French do yummy so well. For me, Friday nights are all about the French bistro classics – French Onion Soup, Steak Frites and my all time favourite […]

Confit Duck