French culture


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

Parisian Charm School

Parisian Charm School – A Book Review

It’s the height of summer here in Melbourne. The weather has been hot (and oddly steamy) and the days are luxuriously long. It is the perfect time of the year for a little rest and relaxation. And what are lazy days without a good book – or two – to dip into? Jamie Cat Callan’s […]


Questions Require Answers

Time for a change of pace today. As I’ve shared so many times before, I love, love, love it when Distant Francophile readers reach out to me with questions. I’m always happy to answer these queries. After all, questions require answers. Regardless of the topic – style, confidence, packing for France, potential itineraries, French culture […]

Questions Require Answers

French lessons

French Lessons

I find other cultures completely fascinating. I’m quite sure this is the reason that I’ve always been compelled to travel. Actually being in a place gives you insights that you will never find in a book or on-line. But no matter how many times you visit a destination, you never quite develop the same understanding […]


The French Dedication To Quality

I love the fact that the French are completely committed to the very best of everything. I find their dedication to quality both fascinating and inspirational. As a result, I continually try to upgrade the quality of every area of my own life. With those words as background, I’m sure you’ll understand why I was so […]

Dedication to quality

French Inspiration

Finding French Inspiration – In November

Welcome to November! Scott and I arrived home last night, after spending almost all of October in France. As usual, we had an amazing time. But, honestly, we would have been hard pressed not to with cities and towns like Annecy, Bordeaux and Toulouse on our itinerary. Highlights for me included a small plane flight […]


Finding French Inspiration – In October

I simply adore writing our monthly inspiration posts from France. While it doesn’t happen all that often, whenever it does I always feel like I have so much more to share with you. It’s probably got something to do with the fact that I’m focussed on taking everything in. Or perhaps it has something to […]

French inspiration in October

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Thoughts On French Culture

I love the comments that Distant Francophile readers share – they always get me thinking. A comment earlier this week had Scott and I discussing how generic cultures can become. Australian culture is a great example. Post white settlement, the Aussie culture was driven by the British Empire, prior to being deeply and positively influenced […]