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Love of France Ultimate Paris Address Book

I don’t know about you, but I’m like a moth to a flame when it comes to French related bits and pieces. It doesn’t matter if it is a book, a seminar, a podcast or a YouTube video. If I stumble across it, you can guarantee that my curiosity will get the better of me and I’ll be taking a look at it.

And because I know that so many of you here have a love of France as big as mine, I figured that there’s a good chance that you also love delving into anything French.

So today, I have two things to share with you here. The first is a look at the latest publication from my friend Jo Karnaghan (including a discount code!!). And I also have an episode of my Self.Styled.Life podcast that I think you might like. Read on to learn more xx

The Ultimate Paris Address Book – 2023 Edition

My brilliant and indefatigable friend Jo Karnaghan has delivered once again! Jo’s knowledge of Paris is astounding and I was huge fan of the first edition of this book, which I reviewed here.

Because Jo wants travellers and fellow francophiles to have only the latest information, Jo and her team have spent hours updating the book to create the 2023 edition.

This year Jo has focused on budget accommodation as well as hotels suitable for families, including a hotel just a kilometre from the Eiffel Tower with rooms for up to 6 people at a bargain price.  She’s also included options for those looking for something a bit more quirky.  And by quirky I mean things like a listing of a hotel (complete with lap pool) that is moored on the Seine River. 

And let’s not forget restaurants. Jo has added some more amazing bakeries, chocolate shops and restaurants across the city, that prove you don’t need to spend a fortune to eat well in Paris – and that you won’t find in any other book.

So – What Else Is New In This Edition?

The Ultimate Paris Address Book 2023 is designed to supplement, rather than replace a traditional guidebook.

So what else will you find in 2023 edition of The Ultimate Paris Address Book?  Over 100 pages and close to 500 addresses of hotels, shops, eateries and experiences listed by arrondissement.  From where to find a charming country lane in the middle of Paris to the latest hip eatery in a fashionable arrondissement. Each entry includes a website address or phone number as well as a brief description of what to expect if you visit.

Once again, Jo has been incredibly generous to Distant Francophile readers, offering 20% discount. Simply use the code distant20 at checkout. I’m so grateful to Jo for sharing all of her incredible knowledge at such an affordable price.

How My Love Of France Has Shaped My Leadership

I’m not sure if you’re aware that, aside from founding Distant Francophile, I also have another online community. I began my coaching practice back in 2018 and my Self.Styled.Life friends remind me so much of this very special francophile community.

Over on I’m focussed on sharing tools that support women to develop their self-belief so they can build lives and careers they love. It doesn’t happen often, but every now and then, my self-belief and leadership content overlaps.

This happened recently when a listener asked for a very specific topic. The listener who requested the topic knows me well enough to have been able to ask me about it while we were chatting one day. And it was probably more of a tell than an ask to be truthful. The conversation went something like…’I think you should talk more about French stuff on the podcast. Why don’t you talk about how France has shaped you as a leader?’

In full transparency my first thought was ‘But I don’t think it has. My love of France is quite separate from my coaching or corporate work’. However, years of being coached have taught me to dig deeper than that. Our lives are never fully compartmentalised and how we do one thing is usually how we do most things. So I sat with the question for a while. And I realised that France and my love of French culture have influenced my leadership more than I immediately thought. And so I recorded a podcast episode about it.

If you’re curious to hear me speak about France in a very different way, you should definitely listen in. You can listen to the episode here, or on your favourite podcast player

I’d love to know – when it comes to your love of France, are you book, blog or podcast fan? Let me know in the comments below.

And until next time – au revoir.

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