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Four Parisian Hotels We Are Happy To Recommend

Start a conversation about Parisian arrondissements, as we did on Distant Francophile last week, and inevitably you will end discussing Parisian hotels. Given our love of Parisian apartments, you are probably not surprised to learn that we’ve not stayed in too many hotels in Paris. And truth be told, recommending a hotel can be as […]

View from one of our favourite Parisian hotels

Merry Christmas Everyone

Our regular Frenchify Your Friday post is having a little holiday tonight so we can take a moment to wish all of our fabulous Distant Francophile readers a safe and happy Christmas. Wherever you are and whatever you are doing we hope you have a wonderful day. Maybe you’ll even have a chance to incorporate […]


Thoughts On French Culture

I love the comments that Distant Francophile readers share – they always get me thinking. A comment earlier this week had Scott and I discussing how generic cultures can become. Australian culture is a great example. Post white settlement, the Aussie culture was driven by the British Empire, prior to being deeply and positively influenced […]

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France after the Paris attacks

France After The Paris Attacks

When Paris was so tragically attacked last month, many people questioned whether we were still planning to travel to France, and specifically Paris. While our travel plans were never in danger of changing, we were curious to understand what had changed in France after the Paris attacks. Personally, I was hoping for nothing – but […]


Not Changing Our Plans – Paris Is Still A Good Idea

It’s been heartbreaking to learn of the second terrorist attack on Paris during 2015. Our hearts go out to all who have been touched by this tragedy. It is devastating to see so much pain being inflicted on a city that brings great joy to so many. Since the Paris attacks, we’ve had lots of […]


Three Tips For Managing Movement In Travel Photos

Some of my favourite photographs from our French travels have been the photos that convey the energy and the spirit of the country I love so much. And those shots often contain a whole lot of movement. While it’s gratifying to be able to capture crystal clear images without blur, sometimes it’s fun to convey […]


Frenchify Your Friday – Number 23. We Need Your Help Please!

Want to Frenchify Your Friday and do us a huge favour at the same time? We really hope so! We genuinely get so much joy out of crafting Distant Francophile every week. Our only aims are to share our love and knowledge of France and to help anyone who wants to add a dose of […]


How We Save For Travel

Last week on Facebook, Elizabeth Gilbert of Eat. Pray. Love. fame, and more recently the author of Big Magic, an inspiring book for creative souls posted a thought-provoking piece on how little we need to give up in terms of every day luxuries in order to fulfil our travel dreams. Liz’s argument goes something like […]


Paris In Style – A Book Review

Well, I finally know what I want to be when I grow up. Yes, while it has taken me a little longer than most to work it out, I feel I now have clarity. I want to be Janelle McCulloch. And I figure I’m half way there – I’ve got first name covered. Obviously this […]


What Do You Need To Take Great Travel Pictures?

There’s an often repeated story of a photographer who goes to a friend’s house for dinner where the comment is made, “You take really good photos, you must have a really good camera”.  At the end of the meal, the photographer thanks the host for the meal with “Dinner was fantastic, you must have a […]


Seven Tips For Taking Great Travel Photos

It is safe to say that Scott takes the majority of the photographs that we share here on Distant Francophile. He has been a keen hobby photographer for a long time now and has learnt a lot – through both formal and informal learning – on how to take a great photo. Scott is also […]


Check Out Our Makeover – An Amazing Day With A Fabulous Photographer

If you’ve checked out our website lately, you might have noticed that we’ve undergone a mini makeover. There are some new photographs popping up here and there and I just have to share where they have come from. Scott and I had always dreamed of doing a professional photo shoot in Paris. We’d seen so […]


My Free In Paris Experience

Regular readers will have guessed that I spend a fair bit of time researching all things French. I have a number of favourite magazines, Facebook pages and websites that I regularly keep an eye on – and one of these is the extremely helpful site Free in Paris. People are always quick to tell you […]


Best travel advice

The Best Piece Of Travel Advice I’ve Ever Received

A trip to France can be big investment. Both in terms of time and money. Particularly if you are leaving from a far away land like Australia. Given this investment, you’ve got to make the most of it. See as much as you can. Squeeze everything in. Isn’t that right? No, it’s not right – […]


Packing For France – Which Luggage Is Best?

Our next trip to France is getting closer and for the first time ever, I’ve hit a packing dilemma. For all of our previous trips we’ve followed the advice of a close friend and travelled with large backpacks. While the flash hotels aren’t quite sure what to do with packs – we actually had a […]