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Finding French Style Inspiration In December

    Happy December to you! Yep, that’s right. It is December already. And if you’re anything like me, you’ll be super excited. Dressing up for parties, fun with family and friends, twinkling lights, presents and all that yummy food. Seriously, what’s not to love about December? With the festive season firmly in the front […]

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Lunch - French Style

Lunch – French Style

Before we get into today’s post, I just want to take a moment to recognise the Thanksgiving holiday and to send all of our U.S. readers some love. I hope you are enjoying a time of peace and togetherness. When you stop to think about it, there really is so much to be grateful for […]


How Different Things Can Be In France

A little while ago, I asked you what you’d be keen to see more of on Distant Francophile. And many of you replied that you’d love to learn more about some of the cultural differences that pop up between France and other parts of the world. In order to ensure that I could provide enough […]

How Different Things Can Be In France

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Finding French Inspiration – In November

Welcome to November! Scott and I arrived home last night, after spending almost all of October in France. As usual, we had an amazing time. But, honestly, we would have been hard pressed not to with cities and towns like Annecy, Bordeaux and Toulouse on our itinerary. Highlights for me included a small plane flight […]


The Secrets Of French Women

You can learn the easy way or the hard way. Personally, I’m always a fan of finding the easy way. People watching is one my very favourite things to do in France – and one of the simplest ways I’ve found to learn about the French people. Whether we are in the big cities or […]

The Secrets Of French Women

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Finding French Inspiration – In October

I simply adore writing our monthly inspiration posts from France. While it doesn’t happen all that often, whenever it does I always feel like I have so much more to share with you. It’s probably got something to do with the fact that I’m focussed on taking everything in. Or perhaps it has something to […]


Five Questions About France I’ve Been Asked This Week

Well, after a rather long count down, our trip is finally here. We try to travel to France at least once a year and we are spending almost five weeks there this time. This will be our longest stint ever in France – and I just can’t wait to get there. I’ve got to tell […]

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Paris during September

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. […]


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. […]

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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 […]


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 […]

Paris in July

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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 […]


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 […]


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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 […]


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 […]

10 Things I've Learned About Elegance From The French