Janelle


About Janelle

I believe that everyone can bring French elegance and inspiration to their life, no matter where they happen to live in the world. They only need to learn a secret or two to be on their way. When you join the Distant Francophile community, you’ll have access to the secrets that allow you to bring the best of the French lifestyle into your everyday life. I’m talking about things like style advice, recipes and book reviews. And you’ll also receive regular doses of French inspiration, as well as travel and packing tips galore.


An Update On Our Upcoming Visit To France   Recently updated !

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 […]

Stylish packing

Canelé

Master A French Classic – Canelés

I can’t tell you how much I love discovering new sources of French inspiration. A little while back, I came across a lovely blog – {French} Countryside Companion. The creator, Shannon, and her family share their time between the United States and – you guessed it – the French countryside. Shannon strikes me as an […]


Episode 4 Of The Franco-Files – Graham Welch

If you’ve ever dreamed of running away to France, buying some property and perhaps starting a business, then you must listen to the latest episode of The Franco-Files. Why? Because journalist, author, blogger and fabulous francophile Graham Welch is sharing his story of chasing that exact dream. Together with his partner Damon, Graham moved from […]

Graham Welch The Franco-Files

French Haircare Advice

Need It Now: French Haircare Advice

A friend of mine, who I met on a Canadian train (of all places) and who we’ll call B for the purposes of this post, wrote to me recently. B was keen to understand how it is that French women always look so stylish. And she was particularly interested in learning more about their hair.  […]


Tips For Your First Visit To Paris

I’ll never forget our first visit to Paris. Although we’d travelled extensively within Australia, Scott and I had never left our home country together. And our joint international travel experience amounted to me visiting Singapore with my parents when I was 16 years old. We honestly had no idea what we doing. We didn’t understand […]

First visit to Paris

Annette Charlton A French Collection

Episode 3 Of The Franco-Files – Annette Charlton

It’s time for another episode of The Franco-Files and let me tell you, this time around I have an absolute treat for you. My latest guest is Annette Charlton from the beautiful website, A French Collection. Annette and her family share their time between Brittany and Australia. And Annette has one of the most interesting […]


What To Pack For Paris In The Spring

Well, spring has bloomed in Paris. And, as a result, my social media feeds are full of ‘soon to be travellers’ sharing their plans. For some it is their very first visit to Paris. Others have made the trip many times before. But all are united by the sense of excitement that can only come […]

Pack for Paris

French Lamb And Beans

Master A French Classic – Lamb And Beans

It’s funny sometimes how travel forces you to try new things. Whether you want to, or not.  In our case, a Sunday trip on tourist railway through the Ardèche region of France to the village of Saint-Agrève, introduced us to the French classic dish, Lamb and Beans. The particular railway we were riding on conveniently […]


Episode Two Of The Franco-Files – Jo Karnaghan

Welcome to episode two of The Franco-Files. This time round, it’s my great pleasure to introduce you to the fabulous Jo Karnaghan.  Jo is the very clever founder of frugal first class travel. Jo’s website has long been one of my go-to sites when it comes to travel planning. From packing tips to hotel and […]

Episode Two - The Franco-Files - Jo Karnaghan

Shopping In Paris

Where To Go Shopping In Paris

Do you want to know a secret? I rarely shop for clothing while I’m Paris.  I’ll occasionally pick up shoes, lingerie or accessories. But I just don’t find myself devoting time to shopping for clothes while I’m in the City of Light. This is despite the facts that I hold style qualifications and that Paris […]


Introducing The Franco-Files

I am super excited today! Why? Because we just launched our brand new interview series – The Franco-Files. It’s almost five years now since Scott and I created Distant Francophile. Over the years, we’ve had a great time sharing our love of all things French. From travel and packing tips, through to the exploration of […]

The Franco-Files