Travel Tips


Where To Go Shopping In Paris

Do you want to know a secret? I rarely shop for clothing while I’m Paris.  I’ll occasionally pick up shoes, lingerie or accessories. But I just don’t find myself devoting time to shopping for clothes while I’m in the City of Light. This is despite the facts that I hold style qualifications and that Paris […]

Shopping In Paris

Solo travel in France

My Top Tips For Solo Travel In France

One of the great joys of travelling is the opportunity to stretch and challenge yourself. It also gives you a sense of freedom and a chance to try something you might not try at home.  These moments of personal growth are multiplied when you choose to travel on your own. I was recently asked by […]


Beyond Paris

I absolutely love this time of year. Everything has a fresh feel to it, and the Australian summer days are tailor made for slowing down. For me, it is the perfect time of the year to make plans. And this year, I’ve been having a lovely time planning for September and October – the two […]

Beyond Paris

France and the Internet

France And The Internet – Tech Troubleshooting

This week, an email from a Distant Francophile reader prompted two things: A smile from me; and This blog post. So what was so compelling about this particular email? Well, it reminded me of the challenges travellers face when they try to book almost anything for their visit to France online.   Now, don’t get me […]


Planning A Trip To France

Someone asked me the other day about the things that light me up. Once upon a time I might have struggled to respond to that question. But these days the answer flows easily.  And while the list of the things I’m passionate gets longer all of the time, two items are consistently at the top […]

Planning a trip to France

Style and confidence Packing for France

Successfully Packing For France

  As I promised I would be, I’m continuing to ponder the stack of questions I’ve received recently from Distant Francophile readers. One query that I realised I’d better answer in a hurry was around the success – or otherwise – of my most recent vacation packing efforts. I was also asked to share the […]


The Very Best Of Nancy, France

When it comes to visiting France, do you consider yourself an independent traveller? If you happen to be reading this, there’s a strong chance you do. It’s also likely that you enjoy making your own bookings and plans, as well as doing your own trip research. And I’m almost certain your research often involves scouring […]

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Travelling soloing Paris

Travelling Solo In Paris

More than a few years ago now, I made my first solo visit to Paris. I learned a lot, about travelling alone and about myself. Later, I shared that initial experience over at My French Life™, along with my thoughts on why Paris is an excellent destination for solo female travellers. Nobody will be surprised to […]


More Tips For Travelling Stylishly

Well, our countdown is finally over and I’m writing this post as we travel to Europe, and our first stop, Prague. I promised regular readers that I would let you know the outcomes of my packing decisions, which I’m pleased to report were super easy after I’d sat with my Step Four questions for a […]

Travelling Stylishly

Packing process

Packing For Paris – My Four Step Packing Process

Packing for Paris. Once upon a time, those words made me feel more than a little apprehensive. It’s such a stylish city, and it is easy to feel like you might muck it up. Thankfully, visiting Paris at least once a year for the past decade has removed my packing nerves. But I won’t pretend […]


Parisian Perfumeries – My Favourites And Top Tips

Not that long ago, I spent a very lovely amount of time dabbling around in my fragrance collection. We’re travelling again soon, and although I’m not in full packing mode yet, I’m certainly starting to think about the bits and pieces that will be joining me in France. (Side note: If packing is a chore […]

Parisian Perfumeries

Signature style Stylish Travel Essentials

How To Travel Stylishly – The Essentials – Part Three

So far in this ‘Stylish Travel Essentials’ series we’ve explored two of my ‘must pack’ items – comfortable shoes and the cross-body bag. This week, I’m keen to examine a group of items that can take your travel wardrobe to a whole new level – accessories. Now, many definitions of accessories include both shoes and […]


How To Travel Stylishly – The Essentials – Part Two

I won’t go so far as to say that that travelling stylishly takes work. In fact, I’d argue that it can be incredibly easy. But elegant, graceful travel does require a strategy or two. Last week we took a look at my first stylish travel essential – comfortable shoes. This week, it’s time to explore […]

Cross-body bag

Travel Stylishly

How To Travel Stylishly – The Essentials – Part One

If you are reading Distant Francophile regularly, there is a better than good chance that: a) You love to travel (especially to France); and b) You’d prefer to travel stylishly. So with those two points in mind, I thought we should start this year with a little series on the essentials that make it easier […]


New York Style – Classy Casual

Scott and I have not long returned from our very first visit to the United States, where we spent two weeks in New York. We had an absolutely wonderful time. We did all the things you are supposed to do when exploring a new city. You know, things like walking for miles, eating more than […]

New York - Classy Casual