Champagne


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

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 […]


The Widow Clicquot – A Book Review

    Megan Dalla-Camina, the fabulous Australian author, coach and speaker, regularly references the concept of ‘following breadcrumbs’.  The idea is that you pay attention to the things that spike your curiosity and simply see where they lead you. Megan suggests that utilising this strategy is one way to find your life’s purpose. I’ve found […]

The Widow Clicquot

Gift suggestions for francophiles

Great Gift Ideas For Francophiles

Despite the fact that it shows up at the same time every year, the holiday season seems to have snuck up on me this time round. Perhaps it’s due to the fact that we’ve been travelling but I was quite shocked yesterday when someone wished me a Merry Christmas. I got a second jolt when […]


Frenchify Your Friday – Number 24

The signs have been building for a little while now. Our weather has been getting warmer. The days are becoming longer. Invites to cocktail parties and barbecues are starting to flow in. Melbourne’s Spring Racing Carnival hits full swing this weekend. A dear friend of mine even has a Christmas party booked in for the […]


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, […]


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 […]


French 75 Cocktail

Master A French Classic – A French 75 Cocktail

As a rule, I like to enjoy my champagne without embellishment. It has a very refined taste, and I consider champagne to be perfectly drinkable on its own. As a result, I’m generally not a fan of the well known champagne cocktails – a Bellini has never cut it for me, and I’d never consider […]


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 […]

Finally A Champagne Tour

Wearing Memories

I can’t believe I haven’t shared this one with you all before! Way back in November, we spent a very pleasant Sunday at Melbourne’s Paris to Provence. And, while we were enjoying all things French, I managed to pick up one of the most gorgeous – and clever – pieces of jewellery I’ve ever owned. […]


A Secret About Me

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