Make Your Own French Knife In Thiers

Do you own any traditional French knives? If so, there’s a good chance those knives were made in the charming French village of Thiers.  How can I make that assertion?  Because around 70% of French knives are made in Thiers, a village you’ll find nestled into the hills of central France’s Auvergne region.  Scotty has […]

Make Your Own French Knife In Thiers

Frenchness

How I’ve Been Hanging On To The ‘Frenchness’

Please tell me I’m not the only one in the world who has crashed back to reality after a luxuriously long stay in France? Since we’ve been home, it’s safe to say things have been crazy! I managed to pick up a new role in my day job while we were away. So it goes […]


Bringing French Style Into Everyday Life – Red Shoes

I love style. I love it so much I did a whole course on it.  And it probably comes as no surprise that I especially love French style. After all, it was our visits to France that got me interested in developing my own style in the first place. There’s something so simple yet elegant […]

French Style Red Shoes

Make your own perfume in Grasse with Galimard

Make Your Own Perfume In Grasse With Galimard

Given we were in the area recently, there was no way in the world I was going to miss visiting Grasse. In a country renowned for perfumes, the town of Grasse is at the heart of the French fragrance industry. Located in the south of France, it’s a ‘must visit’ for any perfume lover. It […]


The Secrets To Youthful French Skin

I’ve been a people watcher for a long time. I’ll happily sit for hours watching the passing traffic. Sometimes I just watch the show as it goes on around me. And other times I look for something specific. Recently my eye was drawn to the specifics. I’ve had the unique opportunity to spend hours of […]

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A Letter from Paris

A Letter From Paris – A Book Review

If you’ve been hanging around here for a while, you’ve probably guessed that I like to read. When I was a kid, I always had my nose in a book. And it turns out that, when I have the luxury of time, things aren’t that different today. I’ve actually surprised myself with how much I’ve […]


Our Essential Guide To Nice France

There was only one question on our minds as Scotty and I left the fabulous city of Nice. Why on earth had it taken us over a decade of French visits to get to this part of France? It’s safe to say we were smitten with Nice. It had such a relaxed vibe, and felt […]

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Day Trips From Nice

Four Easy And Excellent Day Trips From Nice

One of the best things about travelling is that you are constantly in discovery mode. It’s highly likely that you’ll be meeting new people and exploring different places and flavours. And more often than not, the change in routine will give you the opportunity to learn something about yourself.  As it happens, I discovered something […]


Wearing White Pants – South Of France Style

What’s the first thing you notice when you arrive in a new-to-you part of the world? For me, it’s always what people are wearing. For whatever reason, I almost immediately get a feel for the local style, whether that be dressy or laid back or something in between. And more often than not a single […]

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Ze French Do It Better

Ze French Do It Better – A Book Review

We’ve had a lot on lately. Who knew that getting ready to spend nine weeks in France would take up some serious time? Truth be told, things have felt pretty hectic. What does that look like? Well, for us it’s looked like long days at work ensuring our teams were set up for success before […]


An Update On Our Upcoming Visit To France

It’s only a couple of weeks now until Scotty and I head off on our two month adventure in France. It has been one very long countdown. It’s over 15 months since we were last in France – and to say we’re excited for our trip to arrive is a massive understatement. We simply can’t […]

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Travelling Light Beauty Products French Pharmacy Finds

Beauty Products And Travelling Light

When it comes to packing, there’s one area that challenges even those most committed to travelling light. I can almost hear some of you yelling out the word ‘shoes’. But I promise that packing shoes isn’t that much of a problem. Not when you compare shoes to beauty products! Beauty products and travelling light. These […]


Episode 5 Of The Franco-Files – Catherine From Taste Of France

The south of France.  The words alone conjure up visions of long, warm days, olive trees and glasses of chilled rosé. But the joys of travelling to picturesque towns like Saint-Rémy-de-Provence or Aix-en-Provence can be replicated – without the crowds and potentially with a lower price tag.  How?  Easily, via a visit to what Catherine, […]

Carcassonne at night Taste of France The Franco-Files

Paris for Dreamers

Paris For Dreamers – A Book Review

I have a confession to make. I read way more books related to France than I share with you here on Distant Francophile.  Actually, scratch that. What I should have said was… I start way more books related to France than I ever finish. Some come highly recommended, but fail to grab my attention. Others […]


Stylish Packing Takes Planning

I haven’t really talked about it that much here on the blog, but it’s not that long now before we head to France for two whole months. (Over on Instagram it’s another story – I’ve been subjecting my fellow francophiles to the longest countdown of all time. But I digress.) We’ve been lucky enough to […]

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