What To Pack


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 […]

Investing in a coat

What are they wearing in Paris right now?

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 […]


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 […]

Ultimate packing mistake

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

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 […]

Multiples of two packing plan

Packing for Paris in summer

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 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 […]

Packing shoes for Paris

Carry-on luggage

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 […]


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 […]

Your guide to packing for Paris in Spring

Master A French Classic - The Trench Coat

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 […]


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 […]

How to pack light for France

Top 5 reasons for packing light

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 […]


What Are They Wearing In Paris?

People watching is one of my very favourite things to do in Paris. I love every bit of it. I’m very happy to check out the current fashion trends and what shopping bags people are carrying. I try and determine what people might be eating for dinner and I smile knowingly at fellow travellers struggling […]

Creating a wardrobe you love

Packing shoes for Paris

Packing For Paris In Autumn – And A Free Packing Guide

Autumn is my absolute favourite season. The days are still deliciously warm, but the evenings are crisp and cool. The light is divine and the colours become all soft and golden as the trees prepare to shed their leaves. And I adore the flavours of autumn, as earthy mushrooms, pumpkins and fennel all come into […]


What To Wear If You Want To Look Like A Local In Paris

It’s funny. So many people love travelling to Paris (or they would love to travel there someday). And while they are in Paris they are more than happy to take in the big name tourist sights. Yet (unsurprisingly) no one wants to actually look like a tourist. It’s the big dilemma – how can you […]