Janelle


About Janelle

I believe that everyone can bring French elegance and inspiration to their life, no matter where they happen to live in the world. They only need to learn a secret or two to be on their way. When you join the Distant Francophile community, you’ll have access to the secrets that allow you to bring the best of the French lifestyle into your everyday life. I’m talking about things like style advice, recipes and book reviews. And you’ll also receive regular doses of French inspiration, as well as travel and packing tips galore.

Travel Planning – Roman Sites In France   Recently updated !

‘What have the Romans ever done for us?’ So went the classic and much quoted line from Monty Python’s Life of Brian. The characters went on to name any number of things the Romans had done.  But I feel like they missed one of the more important things the ancient Romans delivered. And that’s the […]

Roman sites in France

Duck legs

Master A French Classic – Slow Roasted Duck Legs

Duck. In my mind it’s so French. You’ll see it on menus all over France. And it’s the ideal ingredient to cook with when you want to Frenchify your day. But, here’s the thing about duck. It’s not the easiest poultry to work with. It has a reputation for being both a touch fancy and […]


Planches & Plonk – A Dream Come True

Squee!!! I’m super excited for this post. Why? Because I get to update you on the success of Planches & Plonk! Planches & Plonk is the dream business of our friends Graham and Damon. Graham and I got to know one another years ago when we started blogging at around the same time. When Scotty […]

Planches & Plonk

The day we decided to go to France

The Day That We Decided To Go To France

In the words of the renowned story-teller Meatloaf…. ‘I remember every little thing as if it happened only yesterday…’ I’m talking about the day that we decided to go to France. Scotty finally agreed to travel to France.  I’d been working on becoming a Francophile for around 7 years by then. (If you haven’t read […]


Another Do-It-Yourself Tour Of Champagne

In the seven year history of Distant Francophile, one post has stood out clearly as the most popular. Since it was posted in 2015, it’s had far more views than any other.  Curious to know what francophiles and travellers are keen to learn about?  Champagne. And specifically our do-it-yourself visit to the Champagne region. Now, […]

Champagne

Francophile

The Moment I Knew I Was A Francophile

You’ll probably think I’m slightly bonkers when you read this. But I knew I was a francophile before I knew what a francophile was.  Mmhmm. I know. That makes no sense at all.  I was in my late twenties and, at the time, working in retail banking. An elegant woman had sauntered into our Williamstown […]


Provence Style – A Book Review

I have to tell you, my heart skipped a beat when I first heard about the upcoming release of a book titled Provence Style – Decorating with French Country Flair.  You see, the concept of Provence Style took me straight back to my earliest Francophile days* when I first read Peter Mayle’s A Year in […]

Provence Style

Feeling inspired

Finally, I’m Feeling Inspired Again

Have you ever had a hobby or a passion that you suddenly fell out of love with? What about a thing that you’d done consistently for a long time and then just stopped?  Well, that’s what happened to me over the past six months. After adoring France and everything French for almost 15 years, one […]


Emily In Paris – Let’s Talk Style

In good news, we’ve come out of Covid lockdown here in Melbourne, Australia. In not so good news, friends and loved ones in Europe and the UK have been thrown into the same situation we recently emerged from. To anyone enduring restrictions today, know that Scott and I are thinking of you, and sending you […]

Paris dreaming Emily in Paris

Missing France

Five More Instagram Accounts For Francophiles Who Are Missing France

Ok. So it’s taken a while. But my optimistic spirit has finally come to terms with the fact that we won’t be visiting France this year. It will be the first year in over a decade that we haven’t made at least a flying visit to France. You see, after we fell in love with […]


Paris, Part Time – A Book Review

Well, the Melbourne Covid lockdown looks set to continue for longer than we might have hoped. I guess that means I’ll just have to keep reading about France rather than travelling there! And that’s where memoirs have a certain appeal. If I can’t see France through my own eyes, I can at least enjoy French […]

Paris, Part Time

French Inspired Online Shopping

French Inspired Online Shopping

Well, I don’t know if it made news in your part of the world. But our home base of Melbourne, Australia went into stage four lockdown last week. After a few short weeks of freedom, we landed back in stage three isolation about three weeks ago. Unfortunately, Covid-19 case numbers continued to rise, and we […]


Do Not Go Gentle. Go To Paris – A Book Review

Ever since I was a kid, the thought of travel has inspired me. And in the last few years, the countdown to trips has kept me engaged with both my day-job and my side passions. So what does a human with permanent wanderlust do when Melbourne’s ‘return to lockdown’ takes travel off the table? (I […]

Do Not Go Gentle. Go To Paris

Provençal Palette

Time For A Change – The Provençal Palette

It dawned on me the other day that I’d been feeling a little bit out of sorts. Not unwell. But certainly not my sparkly best. It didn’t take too long for me to work out what was going on.  I was bored.  I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, given the isolated situations we’ve all found […]


My Beautiful French Collection Box – And A Discount

Is it just me, or does anyone else love the idea of perfectly curated box of French goodness arriving on your doorstep at regular intervals? I’ve been fascinated by the concept of subscription boxes for some time. I love the thought of a nice surprise landing on the doorstep. Like when you receive a gift […]

My Beautiful French Collection Box