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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, […]


The Palais-Royal. Discover Why It’s My Favourite Parisian Drawcard

I never thought I’d ever be able to name a favourite place in Paris. When we first visited Paris I loved absolutely everything, and equally. But over the years one special Parisian landmark has drawn me back again and again. In fact, it is now the only place I definitely have to spend time in […]


Let’s Talk Guided Tours Of France

I talk to stacks of people who really, really want to visit France but who, at the same time, are entirely overwhelmed by the entire idea. They are more than a bit put off by things like a lack of French language skills, the challenge of finding decent accommodation and the whole issue of not […]


A Must Visit – Veuve Clicquot

Ok, so a little while ago I shared how we managed to get ourselves to the Champagne region of France, and how we got around once we were there. Now, let’s get to the good stuff – the Champagne houses themselves. Because we were keen to visit the crayeres or chalk mines, we ended up […]

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Our Do-It-Yourself Visit To Champagne

As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve always been quite surprised by how long it took us to visit France’s Champagne region. Especially given how much we enjoy the famous local product. I always thought that we would have to do a tour of the area, but I could never find one that quite suited our needs. […]


The Top Five Things To Do In Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

Well, the French part of this trip is over, and while I can’t say I’m thrilled to be leaving France, I am looking forward to visiting Barcelona for the very first time. Everyone says it is an amazing city. And, I’m incredibly grateful to have spent the past few days in the ancient village of […]


My must see French village

My Must See French Village

We’ve said à bientôt to Paris for now and have headed south to Tain-l’Hermitage, the stunningly beautiful town which sits comfortably on the banks of the massive Rhône river. Scott and I both fell in love with this part of France during last year’s trip – and we just couldn’t wait to come back. I’m […]


The Top Five Things To Do In Sancerre

Regular readers will know that Scott and I have been staying in the picturesque, medieval French village of Sancerre. Situated on the very edge of the Loire Valley, perched high on the top of a hill, Sancerre is about two hours from Paris by train. Our primary reason for visiting Sancerre was to enrol in […]

Read my favourite things to do in Sancerre

One of top three things to do in Nîmes.

Discover My Top Three Things To Do In Nîmes – And A Bonus Activity

We loved our unplanned visit to Nîmes. It is such a beautiful town, perfectly located in the south of France, and just full of Ancient Roman history. It is easy to get around on foot, and there is so much to see and do while you are there. Given how much I adored the place, […]


My Top 10 People Watching Spots In Paris

People watching is almost an official pass time in Paris. Parisians are happy not only to watch, but also to be watched. Following on from our recent people watching practice session, I thought I would share my top 10 people watching spots in Paris. Les Jardins du Palais Royal. Easily my favourite place to watch […]

Marché Anvers is one of my top 10 people watching spots in Paris. Check out the other nine at distantfrancophile.com

Learn about French wine

The Quick, Easy And Fun Way To Learn About French Wine

I have a confession to make. It took me a very, very long time to learn anything at all about French wine. In fact, I didn’t really get my head around it until about 18 months ago. You see, in Australia wine is labelled by grape variety first, and then the region of Australia the […]


To Do List For Paris – Things To Do And See In Paris

Over all our trips to France, we have now spent 35 nights in Paris. So I’m not all surprised when people suggest that there could be nothing left for us to see. But Paris is such an amazing city, I have a funny feeling that we will never get our entire ‘Paris To Do List’ […]

Things to do and see in Paris

Finally A Champagne Tour

Finally – A Champagne Tour

  Over the weekend I suggested that, if you are new to Paris, it might be worth considering a city day tour. I’m happy to take that suggestion a step further and go so far as arguing that day tours are worth considering even when you’re a regular visitor to France. Over the years we’ve […]


New to Paris? Why You Should Check Out Paris Tours

People seem to either love or hate guided city tours. But to my mind, there is no better way to get your bearings in a new city. And this includes Paris. Many travellers seem to avoid Paris tours. I think it might be because Paris has such a long list of must-see highlights…if they choose […]

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