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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 […]

The day we decided to go to France

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 […]


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 […]

Feeling inspired

Alisa Bearov Landrum

Remembering Alisa Bearov Landrum

I was heart-broken earlier this week when I learned of the passing of my dear friend and mentor, Alisa Bearov Landrum. Alisa hadn’t been well for many months. But that did nothing to reduce my shock and immediate grief when I picked up the sad message from her husband Charles. A devoted wife, mother and […]


Distant Francophile: 6 Years Of Creativity, Joy & Friendship

It’s almost impossible for me to believe, but Distant Francophile turns six this month.  Six! Six years of creativity, joy and sharing one of our favourite things – France and our experiences of French culture – with people all over the world. Why Did You Start A Blog? I’m often asked why I started Distant […]

First visit to Paris Distant Francophile

Gifts for francophiles

New Ideas – Gifts For Francophiles

The holiday season has snuck up on me. Again. Or should that be ‘As usual’? Given I write those same words every year, I’m not even going to try to excuse or justify the position I find myself in this year when it comes to buying gifts. Instead, I’d like to share with you some […]


Make Your Own French Knife In Thiers

Do you own any traditional French knives? If so, there’s a good chance those knives were made in the charming French village of Thiers.  How can I make that assertion?  Because around 70% of French knives are made in Thiers, a village you’ll find nestled into the hills of central France’s Auvergne region.  Scotty has […]

Make Your Own French Knife In Thiers

Frenchness

How I’ve Been Hanging On To The ‘Frenchness’

Please tell me I’m not the only one in the world who has crashed back to reality after a luxuriously long stay in France? Since we’ve been home, it’s safe to say things have been crazy! I managed to pick up a new role in my day job while we were away. So it goes […]


Our Essential Guide To Nice France

There was only one question on our minds as Scotty and I left the fabulous city of Nice. Why on earth had it taken us over a decade of French visits to get to this part of France? It’s safe to say we were smitten with Nice. It had such a relaxed vibe, and felt […]

French Travel Planning Nice France

France

An Update On Our Upcoming Visit To France

It’s only a couple of weeks now until Scotty and I head off on our two month adventure in France. It has been one very long countdown. It’s over 15 months since we were last in France – and to say we’re excited for our trip to arrive is a massive understatement. We simply can’t […]


Introducing The Franco-Files

I am super excited today! Why? Because we just launched our brand new interview series – The Franco-Files. It’s almost five years now since Scott and I created Distant Francophile. Over the years, we’ve had a great time sharing our love of all things French. From travel and packing tips, through to the exploration of […]

The Franco-Files

French Destinations

Ten Years Later – Ten French Destinations We Still Must See

Ten years ago this week my family and I were getting ready to return home following our first visit to France. On our last day in Paris, as we prepared to brave the 24 hour flight to Australia, Scott and I splurged by ordering two glasses of champagne. We sipped them, gazing out toward the […]


Time For Growth And Change

Do you ever look back on a period in your life and get a little shock at how far you’ve come? Perhaps a thought like ’Wow. I would never have imagined that I would end up here’ runs through your mind. Or maybe you just wake up one day and realise you’ve been on a […]

Growth and change

Francophiles

Ten Must Follow Instagram Accounts For Stylish Francophiles

One of the many and varied reasons that I originally established Distant Francophile was to share some of the many beautiful photos of France that Scott had taken on our travels. I promise I’m not exaggerating when I tell you that we already had thousands of shots when I started DF. I thought that they […]


My Favourite Fragrances – And My Observations About Them

I know. I must have written it a gazillion times. But I really do get super excited when I receive questions from Distant Francophile readers. I can’t tell you how important it is to me to create content here that is, first and foremost, useful, If I can also provide a little bit of entertainment […]

Favourite Fragrances