Finding French Inspiration – In October


Autumn is my absolute favourite time of the year. And it is absolutely my favourite time of the year to visit France. The weather is (usually) still lovely, the trees turn to rich shades of russet and gold and the light is perfect for photography.

The high summer crowds have thinned and savvy travellers are left to explore until their hearts are content.

And there is certainly a lot available to explore if you happen to be heading to France this October.

As is traditional for our monthly inspiration posts, I’m starting this month with a list of things to do in Paris during October. This month I’ve turned to my friends at My French Life™ for our Parisian to-do list – which you can access right here. I was intrigued to read in the article about a new venture from the team behind Ô Chateau – I’ll definitely be checking that out when I am back in Paris in December.

Lanvin is a name synonymous with French style. And if you want to explore the inner workings of the famous French fashion house, it might be worthwhile to visit to the “Alber Elbaz/Lanvin: Manifeste” exhibition at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris. The exhibition, which contains more than 350 images, is running through until October 31.

If you are going to head to France during October, it does help to have a few French language basics. This list from Eurocheapo will have you covered in most situations.

Recently, an article titled The Impossible Legacy of the Perfect Parisian Woman caught my eye. I was fascinated by this perspective on French femininity – and I thought you might be too.

Now if you happen to be a Melbourne based francophile, there is a fair bit of French fun on the horizon. While neither Paris To Provence or So Frenchy, So Chic actually occur during October, both events are pre-selling tickets this month. These events are two of my annual favourites – I recommend them both if you are looking for a little taste of France in Melbourne.

I hope everyone has a fabulous October.

Until next time – au revoir.

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About Janelle

I believe that everyone can bring French elegance and inspiration to their life, no matter where they happen to live in the world. They only need to learn a secret or two to be on their way. When you join the Distant Francophile community, you’ll have access to the secrets that allow you to bring the best of the French lifestyle into your everyday life. I’m talking about things like style advice, recipes and book reviews. And you’ll also receive regular doses of French inspiration, as well as travel and packing tips galore.

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2 thoughts on “Finding French Inspiration – In October

  • Ildiko Batterby

    Just found your blog and would love to receive my regular French inspiration from you. Immersed in your archives for far too long but what inspiration! I live in Sydney but France and Paris is where I live my fantasy life