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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 […]


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 […]

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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 […]


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 […]

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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, […]


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

While this post is still very relevant, just to be sure, we did Another Do-It-Yourself Tour Of Champagne on our last visit to France. You can check it out here. 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 […]


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 […]

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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 […]

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