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Planning A Trip To France – Why Less Is More   Recently updated !

Thanks to Distant Francophile, I get lots of emails from all over the world. Sometimes these emails are from fellow francophiles wanting to say hello. But most of the time the emails come from humans who are in the middle of planning a trip to France. I get questions on what to pack and where […]

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Why We’re Choosing To Head Back To The French Riviera

So, Scotty left me to my own devices the other day and I managed to book us a trip to the French Riviera! Like so many of us, we’ve not travelled to France since 2019 – back in the pre-pandemic times. I would never have thought that when we flew home from France that last […]


The Ultimate Paris Address Book – A Book Review

The thing I love the most about creating Distant Francophile is all the fabulous francophiles I’ve met over the years. And one of my favourite fellow francophiles is the very fabulous Jo Karnaghan. I first introduced you to Jo in episode two of The Franco-Files. Jo is the very clever founder of frugal first class travel. […]

Ultimate Paris Address Book

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 […]


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 […]

Planches & Plonk

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, […]


French Travel Planning – 3 Destinations To Revisit

Is it just me, or is anyone else allowing themselves to do a little French travel planning? I have the feeling that it will be a long time before Australians are able to travel anywhere. Let alone as far as the northern hemisphere. But that isn’t stopping me from having a little think about where […]

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Shopping In Paris

Where To Go Shopping In Paris

Do you want to know a secret? I rarely shop for clothing while I’m Paris.  I’ll occasionally pick up shoes, lingerie or accessories. But I just don’t find myself devoting time to shopping for clothes while I’m in the City of Light. This is despite the facts that I hold style qualifications and that Paris […]


Beyond Paris

I absolutely love this time of year. Everything has a fresh feel to it, and the Australian summer days are tailor made for slowing down. For me, it is the perfect time of the year to make plans. And this year, I’ve been having a lovely time planning for September and October – the two […]

Beyond Paris

French Destinations

Ten Years Later – Ten French Destinations We Still Must See

Ten years ago this week my family and I were getting ready to return home following our first visit to France. On our last day in Paris, as we prepared to brave the 24 hour flight to Australia, Scott and I splurged by ordering two glasses of champagne. We sipped them, gazing out toward the […]


The Very Best Of Nancy, France

When it comes to visiting France, do you consider yourself an independent traveller? If you happen to be reading this, there’s a strong chance you do. It’s also likely that you enjoy making your own bookings and plans, as well as doing your own trip research. And I’m almost certain your research often involves scouring […]

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Do It Yourself Tour Of Saint-Émilion

Our Do It Yourself Tour Of Saint-Émilion

People say there are no guarantees in life. But they are wrong. If you’re going anywhere near Bordeaux on your next trip to France, it’s a given that someone will point you in the direction of Saint-Émilion. In fact, it is an absolute sure thing. I know that every time I breathed the word Bordeaux, […]


My Latest French Pharmacy Finds

Forget the Louvre. Ditch Notre Dame. And scrap the Eiffel Tower. If there is only one destination you visit while you are in Paris, it should be a pharmacy. French pharmacies are renowned the world over for the wealth of skincare lotions and potions that can be found just below a flashing green cross. On […]

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Sacré-Coeur. One of my favourite Parisian churches.

My Favourite Parisian Churches

Neither Scott nor I grew up in particularly religious families, yet whenever we are in France, you can guarantee we will set foot in a church. While we are generally there for the history or the legend rather than any spiritual calling, I’m always reminded that some of the ‘must visit’ churches, including the Cathédrale […]


Five Of The Best Things To Do In Bordeaux

It is around seven months until we head back to France. While that seems like an eternity (I’m wishing it was seven weeks, or even better, seven days) I am in full on planning mode. While I’ve developed some fairly decent desktop research skills, I still can’t go past recommendations from people who have already […]

Liz Holtfreter's five of the best things to do in Bordeaux