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Travel In Style

I love travelling. From the moment we leave the house until the cab drops us back home, I’m in high energy mode. Right now, we are exploring New York for the first time (one word description of our trip so far – sensational). And we’re in full planning mode for our next visit to France. […]

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Parisian Dining – Five Tips For Stretching Your Travel Dollar Further

  Our son is travelling with a friend to Paris very soon. Both of these young gentlemen have been working hard to squirrel away funds for their trip. But given our son has just completed the fourth and final year of his university degree and his friend will be continuing his studies next year, the […]


Packing For A Trip Outside Your Style Comfort Zone

A friend of mine is facing a packing dilemma. You see, he has agreed to go on a holiday with a large group of friends to celebrate a 40th birthday. He is very close to the ‘birthday girl’ and doesn’t want to miss her special day. But he is struggling a little. Because the holiday […]

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Questions Require Answers

Questions Require Answers

Time for a change of pace today. As I’ve shared so many times before, I love, love, love it when Distant Francophile readers reach out to me with questions. I’m always happy to answer these queries. After all, questions require answers. Regardless of the topic – style, confidence, packing for France, potential itineraries, French culture […]


Flying Equals Drying – Five Tips For Avoiding In-flight Dehydration

It’s well known that flying equals drying. And long haul flights – which is all we can do if we actually want visit anywhere outside Australia – can be particularly dehydrating. But despite the fact that I seem to spend half my life in airports, I didn’t realise how much flying could dry you out […]

Avoiding In-flight Dehydration

Anticipating France

Anticipating France

I’m one of those lucky people who enjoys the lead up to a big event almost as much as the event itself. I’ve been like it since I was a child. I adored the lead up to Christmas, and literally could not sleep on Christmas Eve because I was so excited. And you’ve got no […]


More Lessons From Paris

I’ve mentioned before that I love hearing about fellow traveller’s experiences of France. I’m intrigued by it all. Where they went. What they ate. How they travelled. And, most of all, what they learned. Which is why I’ve been so excited to have Distant Francophile reader Claire posting lately about her recent trip to France. […]

Lessons from Paris

How We Save For Travel

Last week on Facebook, Elizabeth Gilbert of Eat. Pray. Love. fame, and more recently the author of Big Magic, an inspiring book for creative souls posted a thought-provoking piece on how little we need to give up in terms of every day luxuries in order to fulfil our travel dreams. Liz’s argument goes something like […]


The Paris Métro

There are so many I things I do while I’m in Melbourne to keep my French dream alive…but catching public transport is very rarely one of them. I am still trying to work out why I am so happy to take public transport while I am abroad, yet avoid it like the plague when I […]


Our Do-It-Yourself Visit To Champagne

While this post is still very relevant, just to be sure, we did Another Do-It-Yourself Tour Of Champagne on our last visit to France. You can check it out here. As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve always been quite surprised by how long it took us to visit France’s Champagne region. Especially given how much we […]


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 […]


Bring France Into Your Home

The Top Five Things To Do In Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

Well, the French part of this trip is over, and while I can’t say I’m thrilled to be leaving France, I am looking forward to visiting Barcelona for the very first time. Everyone says it is an amazing city. And, I’m incredibly grateful to have spent the past few days in the ancient village of […]


Packing For Paris In Summer – Part One

In a week’s time we will be in Paris which is, of course, very exciting. Given I have a massive week ahead of me at work (yes, we’ve decided to work until Thursday night) I really need to sort out my packing list this weekend. You’ll be pleased to know that I finally made a […]

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Packing For France – Which Luggage Is Best? Part Two

Last weekend, I shared one of my first luggage dilemmas. For the record, I’m still sorting myself out on that one. But there is one bag I know I will definitely be packing for France when we next visit…no questions asked. That’s my small, cross body bag by Dior. I bought this gorgeous little thing […]


How To Survive A Long Haul Flight

Sometimes I marvel at the fact that we ever even made it to France. At the time we booked our very first trip we’d barely flown anywhere, we were anything but savvy travellers and Scott had a pretty large fear of flying. But somehow we managed the 24 hour flight relatively well… We’ve come a […]

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