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Seven Tips For Taking Great Travel Photos

It is safe to say that Scott takes the majority of the photographs that we share here on Distant Francophile. He has been a keen hobby photographer for a long time now and has learnt a lot – through both formal and informal learning – on how to take a great photo. Scott is also […]

Packing For France

Check Out Our Makeover – An Amazing Day With A Fabulous Photographer

If you’ve checked out our website lately, you might have noticed that we’ve undergone a mini makeover. There are some new photographs popping up here and there and I just have to share where they have come from. Scott and I had always dreamed of doing a professional photo shoot in Paris. We’d seen so […]

My Free In Paris Experience

Regular readers will have guessed that I spend a fair bit of time researching all things French. I have a number of favourite magazines, Facebook pages and websites that I regularly keep an eye on – and one of these is the extremely helpful site Free in Paris. People are always quick to tell you […]

Best travel advice

The Best Piece Of Travel Advice I’ve Ever Received

A trip to France can be big investment. Both in terms of time and money. Particularly if you are leaving from a far away land like Australia. Given this investment, you’ve got to make the most of it. See as much as you can. Squeeze everything in. Isn’t that right? No, it’s not right – […]

Packing For France – Which Luggage Is Best?

Our next trip to France is getting closer and for the first time ever, I’ve hit a packing dilemma. For all of our previous trips we’ve followed the advice of a close friend and travelled with large backpacks. While the flash hotels aren’t quite sure what to do with packs – we actually had a […]

Sending Love

Regular readers of Distant Francophile will know that I spend a fair amount of time looking for similarities between Australia and France. Well today, I’m deeply saddened by one of those similarities. The tragic shootings in Sydney’s Lindt Cafe and the horror of what’s happened at Paris’s Charlie Hebdo is one connection I just didn’t […]

All The Best For A Fabulous 2015

I’m not much of a goal setter, but I do love the fresh feeling of anticipation that comes with the new year. Anything seems possible on the first day of the year. Personally,  I’m looking forward to a year full of French fun both here in Australia and abroad. It’s started off nicely – French […]

More Fabulous Than France

    Wishing all of Distant Francophile’s readers a Christmas that is more fabulous France – which would, of course, make it very fabulous, at least from our perspective! We really want thank all of you for your support of Distant Francophile during the year. We love sharing all the French things that come into […]

Distant Francophile Teams Up With My French Life

Anyone who enjoys reading Distant Francophile probably keeps an eye out for other sources of French inspiration. As such, you might already be aware of one of my personal favourites – the online magazine My French Life. I’ve been an avid reader for a very long time. Judy and her team of contributors do an […]

First visit to Paris Distant Francophile

Does France Have The Power To Change You?

  Over the weekend, I suggested that a Parisian dawn has the power to change you.  And I believe that to be true. But let’s face facts here. Spending any time at all, anywhere in France, has the potential to change you.

Paris At Dawn

  A whole lot of different ways to think about France, and specifically Paris, have been jumping out at me lately. They are mainly coming from books, but of course, they are also coming from the on-line world too. Quotes. Comments. Questions. And I feel like I really need to dig deeper into some of […]

Favourite stores in Paris


The French love lingerie. This fact, I know, does not constitute news. Reams have been written on the topic. Brands. Styles. Amounts spent. They all attract interest. But I have to admit being surprised (and amused) when we came across a men’s lingerie store in Lyon.

How To Be Parisian – A Book Review

  Last week, I promised that I would review the recently published ‘How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are – Love, Style and Bad Habits’. And today, I’ve finally got around to doing so. Now, before you continue reading, I should warn you that this hasn’t ended up being a ‘real’ review – it’s more […]

French Perfection

  A little while ago, I was attracted, somewhat unsurprisingly, to a blog post on The Simply Luxurious Life titled ’10 Ways to Unearth Your Inner Francophile’. In the post, Shannon lists a variety of ways that you might be able to bring a little bit of the French way of living into your everyday […]

Half The Fun

  I’m starting to get a bit excited. We are looking at travelling back to France next year, and it’s only a few short weeks now until the early bird flights become available.  And once the flights are booked, the planning can really commence.

Why planning for France is so important