Finding French Inspiration – In September


Paris 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. We travelled during October on our very first visit to France and for me, it was an unforgettable experience.

You see, autumn is easily my favourite of the four seasons. I love the changing colours and the light. I revel in the fading warmth of the days and at the same time welcome the early evening chill. And I adore the flavours – give me autumnal fare any day of the year.

It might just be because I’ve got the French autumn clearly in my sights recently, but I’ve managed to track down a stack of French inspiration for you this month. Let’s not waste another moment – time to dive right in.

On Paris

We’ll only be in Paris for one day during this trip. But if you are lucky enough to be visiting Paris for a little longer this month, you’ll want to check out the Paris Insiders Guide for an extensive look at all that is happening in Paris during September!

Of course, you may be considering visiting Paris at some later date. If this is the case, you’ll definitely want to read Bonjour Paris’ piece on the best times to visit one of the world’s most beautiful cities.

If you are like me, then you enjoy checking out artisanal producers while you are in Paris – particularly if the come with a recommendation from one of your favourite Francophiles. Next time we are in Paris for any length of time, I’ll definitely be checking out this boulangerie. A big thanks to My French Life™ for the tip – Judy and her team never fail to deliver.

And while you are over at My French Life™, make sure you check out my latest tasty recipe in the Master A French Classic series.

On Wine

We’ve never actually made it all the way to Bordeaux – a fact that we are looking forward to rectifying on this trip. While we are there, we’re keen to learn more about the famous wines of the region. Luckily for us, Madeline from Wine Folly recently published this Primer to Bordeaux Wines. Not only was it excellent timing, but extremely informative too.

On the topic of wine, there is nothing worse than not knowing how to pronounce a certain wine when you are placing your order. Diane (and Tom) from Oui In France have us covered though with this informative piece (with audio!).

On French Culture

The fabulous Tonya Leigh has been a source of inspiration for me for a very long time. She has so many great ideas for bringing a touch of France into everyday life – and this article is no exception.

Wishing you an amazing September – wherever you happen to be in the world.

And until next time – au revoir.


About Janelle

I believe that every woman can bring French style and joie de vivre to her life, no matter where she happens to live in the world. She only needs to know a secret or two to be on her way. When you join the Distant Francophile community, you’ll learn the style and grooming secrets that will help you to dress with the confidence so many French women seem to have.


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5 thoughts on “Finding French Inspiration – In September

  • Taste of France

    Glad to hear you’re getting out beyond Paris. Of course Paris is so wonderful, a person could spend a whole life discovering its secrets, but the rest of France has much to offer and is very different from the capital. Let me know if you’ll be in the south….I can share some addresses.

    • Janelle Post author

      Hi Taste of France. Yes, I agree, some our most fabulous holiday memories have occurred when we’ve got ourselves outside Paris. And I’d nearly go so far as to say that our 15 nights in Lyon a couple of years ago was nearly our best trip ever (although I could persuade myself to name all of our visits to France as ‘the best ever’). I think we might be down your way this time. We are visiting the areas around Bordeaux and Toulouse and would gratefully welcome any recommendations you might have!!

  • Anita Lee

    Janelle, we’re hoping to go to France in autumn of 2017 and wondering about the best time for the most colorful leaves. We will likely be in Paris, Bordeaux, Lyon, the Loire Valley, and possible Bretagne. So I will look forward to hearing about your trip this year. We love driving through the French countryside and stopping at beautiful villages along the way. Bon voyage!

    • Janelle Post author

      Wow Anita. Your upcoming trip sounds amazing. As it happens, we are heading near to a few of the places you are planning to go. I’ll make a special note of the changing colours for you and let you know.

  • Mindy

    Hello Janelle! My mother and I will be in Paris during late September, early October. It’s our first trip and we’re so very excited! We’re staying in a lovely apartment in the 2nd arrondissement for 2 weeks. I’ve just discovered your blog, through The Vivienne Files. You have wonderful information and have given me some great inspiration!

    Merci!
    Mindy