What To Pack


Packing For Paris – What I Wore

While I, like just about everybody on the planet, adore travelling to Paris in late spring and early summer, it is a notoriously difficult time of the year to pack for. The rather fickle weather can – and does – throw just about everything at you. You feel like you need to be prepared for […]

Packing for Paris

travelling in style

My Quick Start Guide To Travelling In Style

It’s around seven weeks now until we head back to Europe and it is safe to say that I’m very excited. I’m absolutely in planning mode, especially when it comes to the clothes I want to take with me. In fact, I think I could just about pack, if it wasn’t for the fact that […]


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 […]

French Inspiration

Investing in a coat

My Top Tips For Investing In A Coat

When it comes to looking stylish, there’s a lot to be said for a good coat. We’ve just spent most of October in France. And while the weather was quite warm when we first landed and during our time in the South, it has cooled down markedly now that we are heading for home. As […]


What Are They Wearing In Paris Right Now?

Today’s top travel tip for fashion loving francophiles. If you are only spending one day in Paris, make sure you time your visit to coincide with Fashion Week. Somehow, via good luck and absolutely no management whatsoever, that’s exactly what I managed to do on our recent visit. Now Paris is wonderful for people watching […]

What are they wearing in Paris right now?

Ultimate packing mistake

Do You Make The Ultimate Packing Mistake?

  My mind is definitely in packing mode at the moment. Not only am I right in the middle of packing for our upcoming trip to France (we fly next Wednesday) but I’ve also been travelling extensively with my day job. Last week, as I travelled to an interstate conference with workmates, several conversations reminded […]


Packing Toiletries – For Your Trip And Your Flight

Last week’s guest post from Claire – the Multiples Of Two Packing Plan – really resonated with the Distant Francophile community. And why wouldn’t it? Who doesn’t love picking up advice from fellow travellers. Well, luckily for all of us, Claire has generously agreed to share another of her packing lessons – thank you so much […]


Multiples of two packing plan

Multiples Of Two Packing Plan

This might sound silly, but creating Distant Francophile has brought all sorts of artistic joy into our lives. We spend way more time than you might imagine discussing topics and the associated photographs that might be worth sharing. But the whole creative process is not my favourite part of Distant Francophile. In fact, it doesn’t […]


Packing For Paris In Summer – And Our Latest Free Packing Guide

You are probably aware – either via the news or the astonishing Instagram photos – that the rain has been bucketing down in Paris. To say that it has been a rather damp start to the Parisian summer is a bit of an understatement really! With so much discussion going on about the Parisian weather […]

Packing for Paris in summer

Packing shoes for Paris

Packing Shoes For Paris. Tips And A Season By Season Guide.

Packing shoes for Paris is difficult. This is the conclusion I’ve come to after numerous conversations with fellow travellers. Time and time again, I’ve been told how tricky it is to decide on which shoes to take and that it is hard to find comfortable shoes for travel. But packing shoes for Paris – or anywhere […]


Keep Calm And Carry-On Luggage

The week before last, I attended a conference for women in finance where I was absolutely delighted to receive a Lipault Weekender bag. In a fine show of generosity the bag was actually the sponsors goodie bag – a definite step up from the standard cloth bag that normally graces that sort of event. Now […]

Carry-on luggage

Your guide to packing for Paris in Spring

Packing For Paris In Spring – And Your Free Packing Guide

I’ve got to tell you – I’ve always found packing for Paris in spring a bit tricky. I always end up lugging way more weight than I want to – primarily because I’m forever trying to cater for the changeable weather. Shoes are definitely the worst. If there is ever a season that sees me […]


Master A French Classic – The Trench Coat

Baby pink blossom, with an Eiffel Tower backdrop. Parisian café terraces bathed in ever brightening sunlight. Yes, the photos that have been popping up in my Instagram feed lately have been sending a clear message. Spring is on the way – at least in Paris. And while the ever appropriate Parisians won’t be looking to […]

Master A French Classic - The Trench Coat

How to pack light for France

How To Pack Light For France

On Sunday, I shared my Top Five Reasons For Packing Light. Each one of my points were perfectly reasonable and fairly difficult to argue with, even if I do say so myself. But having a stack of motives for travelling light doesn’t make the art of refined packing any easier. These days, I can head […]


My Top Five Reasons For Packing Light

We went to a party a couple of nights ago and as it always does, the conversation turned firstly to travel and inevitably to packing. Our host on the evening is planning a three month jaunt to Europe with her hubby. It is their first big trip and it will be their introductory visit to […]

Top 5 reasons for packing light