French Inspiration


Finding French Inspiration – 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. […]

Paris during September

Lessons from Paris

More Lessons From Paris

I’ve mentioned before that I love hearing about fellow traveller’s experiences of France. I’m intrigued by it all. Where they went. What they ate. How they travelled. And, most of all, what they learned. Which is why I’ve been so excited to have Distant Francophile reader Claire posting lately about her recent trip to France. […]


Finding French Inspiration – In August

I’ve got to tell you, I’m pretty excited about the word August popping up on my calendar. You see, it means I can start saying that I’ll be back in France next month! It’s so exciting. Of course, I’m blithely overlooking the truth of the matter – we don’t actually fly until the last week […]


Paris in July

Finding French Inspiration – In July

I always look forward to July. It is a fun month for the Distant Francophile team, with many of our friends and family celebrating their birthdays this month. And on top of all the birthdays, there is Bastille Day to consider – always a good excuse for an evening with a French flavour. It’s just […]


My French Life And Distant Francophile Team Up Again

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 […]

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Thirty Chic Days – A Book Review

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 […]


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 […]

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10 Things I've Learned About Elegance From The French

10 Things I’ve Learned About Elegance From The French

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

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

French Kissing - A Different Perspective

French Kissing – A Different Perspective

I get a real kick out of reading about other travellers experiences of France. I find it both inspirational and informative. And as a result, I spend way too much time reading blog posts about France – so much so, I’m amazed that I ever get anything else done. One of the things I love […]


Managing Your Withdrawal Symptoms After A Visit To France

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 […]


Master A French Classic – Crêpes

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 […]

Master a French classic. Crêpes.

Lessons I've learned from the Frem

A Few More Lessons I’ve Learned From The French

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 […]


20 Things I’ve Learned From The French

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