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Best Gifts For Francophiles – 2021 Edition

And before we can turn around it’s that time of year again! As unbelievable as it seems, Scotty attended his first Christmas function yesterday. His afternoon out prompted me to look at a calendar. Which lead to my sudden realisation that it’s now less than five weeks until Christmas. Seriously, how is that even a […]

Best gifts for francophiles

A Railway Life

Introducing A Railway Life

Ok, so this one comes under the heading of: ‘And now, for something completely different…’ Long time readers might remember that Scotty (the principal photographer here on DF and my awesome hubby for anyone who hasn’t been here for a long time) is a rail enthusiast. He’s loved trains since he was kid. He’s built […]


À Table – A Book Review

If you’d been staking out our Melbourne home over the past month or so, apart from being extremely bored, you would likely have come to two realisations. Firstly, Scotty and I have led very dull lives during lockdown. And secondly we’ve recently had lots and lots of books delivered. I’ve always loved anything to do […]

À Table

Roman sites in France

Travel Planning – Roman Sites In France

‘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 […]


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 […]

Duck legs

Planches & Plonk

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 […]


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

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, […]


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 […]

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Provence Style

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 […]


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

Paris dreaming Emily in Paris

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 […]


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 […]

Missing France

Paris, Part Time

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 […]


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 […]

French Inspired Online Shopping