Where To Go


Our Do It Yourself Tour Of Saint-Émilion

People say there are no guarantees in life. But they are wrong. If you’re going anywhere near Bordeaux on your next trip to France, it’s a given that someone will point you in the direction of Saint-Émilion. In fact, it is an absolute sure thing. I know that every time I breathed the word Bordeaux, […]

Do It Yourself Tour Of Saint-Émilion

French Pharmacy Finds

My Latest French Pharmacy Finds

Forget the Louvre. Ditch Notre Dame. And scrap the Eiffel Tower. If there is only one destination you visit while you are in Paris, it should be a pharmacy. French pharmacies are renowned the world over for the wealth of skincare lotions and potions that can be found just below a flashing green cross. On […]


My Favourite Parisian Churches

Neither Scott nor I grew up in particularly religious families, yet whenever we are in France, you can guarantee we will set foot in a church. While we are generally there for the history or the legend rather than any spiritual calling, I’m always reminded that some of the ‘must visit’ churches, including the Cathédrale […]

Sacré-Coeur. One of my favourite Parisian churches.

Liz Holtfreter's five of the best things to do in Bordeaux

Five Of The Best Things To Do In Bordeaux

It is around seven months until we head back to France. While that seems like an eternity (I’m wishing it was seven weeks, or even better, seven days) I am in full on planning mode. While I’ve developed some fairly decent desktop research skills, I still can’t go past recommendations from people who have already […]


Which Parisian Arrondissement Is Best To Stay In? Part Two

Last week, I provided the first instalment of a response to the question Which Parisian Arrondissement Is Best To Stay In?which was put to us by a Distant Francophile reader. Let’s be honest – it’s an extremely valid question. Paris is chock full of things to do and see, and it makes sense to locate […]

Which Parisian arrondissement is best to stay in?

Which Parisian Arrondissement Is Best To Stay In?

It probably doesn’t surprise anyone that many of the posts on Distant Francophile are inspired by the questions we receive from people who are keen to visit France. Regardless of how these queries reach us – via the website, email or in person – they always get me wondering whether I might be able to […]


Our Top Seven Tips For Michelin-Starred Dining In France

Many travellers head to France wishing to experience the amazing food. And if you feel like you want to take the ‘foodie’ experience to a whole new level, then checking out a Michelin-starred restaurant could be for you. We’ve been lucky enough to eat at a number of one, two and three starred restaurants now […]

Le Pré Catelan- our top tips for Michelin-starred dining in France

Another Must Visit Village – Riquewihr

Apart from being a perfectly delightful holiday destination in its own right, Strasbourg is also an ideal base for exploring more of France’s stunningly beautiful Alsace region. When you first start investigating villages to visit in the Alsace, the town of Colmar will definitely pop up in your search engine. It is regularly features in […]


Our Top Five Things To Do In Strasbourg

It was inevitable that one day Scott and I would spend time in Strasbourg. You see, Scott loves Germany almost as much as I love France so, given Strasbourg’s history, this very French city which is full of German flavour is almost the perfect destination for us. While we were confident that we would enjoy […]


Some of my favourite French Beaty products can be found ar Galeries Lafayette

Four Days In Paris – It’s Time To Go Shopping In Paris

Here’s the third instalment in our Four Days In Paris series and I will admit right up front that four days of shopping in Paris is not going to appeal to every traveller. In fact, I’m guessing that some of Distant Francophile’s most loyal readers have just stopped reading. And I’ll also admit that it […]


Four Days In Paris – Perfect For People Watchers

It’s time for Part Two in our sporadic Four Days In Paris series (check out Part One here). Some big names, gorgeous gardens and heaps of opportunity to people watch grace this particular itinerary. It’s perfect for travellers who want an authentic experience but who don’t want to exhaust themselves in the process. Day One […]


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Our Parisian Address Book

Close friends of ours are heading back for their third visit to Paris. It’s been a little while since they’ve travelled to the gorgeous city, so they are keen to find out about our favourite spots to shop and to eat. Given they fly next week, I decided that I’d better get my act together […]


Four Days In Paris – The Big Names

  A colleague of mine is lucky enough to be spending four days in Paris soon. She has asked if she can catch up with me as she’d like my advice on what she should do while she is there. I’ve been thinking about how best to answer her. And – believe it or not […]


Paris Or Barcelona

Unsurprisingly, we got a few raised eyebrows when we mentioned we were visiting Barcelona as part of our last trip. Clearly, Barcelona is not in France and everyone knows how desperate I am to spend as much time as I possibly can in France. As a result, since returning home, “How did you go in […]


Another Champagne House To Visit – Ruinart

It’s time for the last instalment in our little ‘do-it-yourself tour of Champagne‘ series. And today I want to share our Ruinart experience with you all. Following our visit to Veuve Clicquot, we walked back into the centre of Reims where we ate lunch and visited the famous cathedral. We then wandered back to Ruinart, […]