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Finding French Inspiration – In October

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 do with the amount of time I spend on the internet learning more about the things I’ve seen, experienced or tasted. Regardless of the reason, I have heaps of French inspiration for you this month.

I know this is going to sound like the biggest cliché in the world but I’m always more inspired to write while I’m in France. I’m writing this post from our hotel (Hôtel Odéon Saint-Germain) while I overlook Parisian rooftops and I’ve got that many article ideas bubbling up, I’m frightened I’ll lose them before I can capture them all. I think Scott is slightly concerned that I’m planning to sit here writing all night! But we all know that I will be tempted by all of Paris’ yummy food and wine eventually. So before that temptation occurs, let’s dive straight in.

On Paris

In Distant Francophile tradition, we’ll start with looking at what is on in Paris during October. This month, I’ve returned to the fabulous My French Life™  team for advice on what to do if you in Paris this month. I’d suggest that the Vendanges de Montmartre would definitely be worth a look. It was actually on during our very first trip to Paris…. But it wasn’t until an impressive array of fireworks lit up the skies above our Montmartre apartment that we realised we’d just missed the event! One day we will experience that party properly. And like just about everyone I know, I’d also be more than happy to check out the Salon du Chocolat if I ever get the chance.

Speaking of My French Life™, make sure you also take a look at our latest collaborative piece while you are there. In it, we share another classic French dish that you can try at home. I promise that this one transport you to France with just one bite.

I’ve shared many times in the past that autumn is my absolute favourite season. And it goes without saying that I think autumn is absolutely the best season to visit Paris. But if you need more reasons as to why you should come to Paris at this time of year, look no further than this article from the team at Paris Perfect.

We are not spending much time in Paris this trip. In fact, we are only here overnight. We spent this afternoon people watching and taking as many photos as we could possibly manage. But there are many ways to spend 24 hours in Paris – and I love reading about how fellow Francophiles experience this amazing city. Here’s how Anna from Paris With Me recommends you spend a day.

On French Culture

I don’t know about you, but I always think carefully before I address a French woman with either the words Madame or Mademoiselle. Turns out that I was right to think I could be on shaky ground, as this piece from Hip Paris Blog explains.

On Planning Your Next Trip To France (Or Anywhere)

I think Scott and I are fairly decent trip planners (click here and here for our latest pieces on planning). But despite our experience, I’m always on the lookout for new travel planning ideas. One tool I’ve never employed in my own planning is Pinterest so I was quite interested when I came across this article from Jo at frugal first class travel.

On French Perfume

My love of fine fragrance is no secret to regular Distant Francophile readers. It really is an obsession for me. Not only do I love wearing French perfume but I also enjoy learning about it. This article in a recent edition of the Divine Living Magazine provides a nice high level overview France’s perfume capital.

Finally this month, Fiona Ferris, author of 30 Chic Days has written another book. Entitled Financially Chic Fiona’s latest effort provides insights and tips into living luxuriously on a budget. I find Fiona’s writing style incredibly easy to read. As a result, I managed to finish this thought provoking book in a single sitting during our flight to France.

Wishing you a fabulous month, full of French fun.

And until next time – au revoir.

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