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Planches & Plonk

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 […]

The day we decided to go to France

The Day That We Decided To Go To France

In the words of the renowned story-teller Meatloaf…. ‘I remember every little thing as if it happened only yesterday…’ I’m talking about the day that we decided to go to France. Scotty finally agreed to travel to France.  I’d been working on becoming a Francophile for around 7 years by then. (If you haven’t read […]

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, […]

Francophile

The Moment I Knew I Was A Francophile

You’ll probably think I’m slightly bonkers when you read this. But I knew I was a francophile before I knew what a francophile was.  Mmhmm. I know. That makes no sense at all.  I was in my late twenties and, at the time, working in retail banking. An elegant woman had sauntered into our Williamstown […]

Provence Style

Provence Style – A Book Review

I have to tell you, my heart skipped a beat when I first heard about the upcoming release of a book titled Provence Style – Decorating with French Country Flair.  You see, the concept of Provence Style took me straight back to my earliest Francophile days* when I first read Peter Mayle’s A Year in […]

Feeling inspired

Finally, I’m Feeling Inspired Again

Have you ever had a hobby or a passion that you suddenly fell out of love with? What about a thing that you’d done consistently for a long time and then just stopped?  Well, that’s what happened to me over the past six months. After adoring France and everything French for almost 15 years, one […]

Paris dreaming Emily in Paris

Emily In Paris – Let’s Talk Style

In good news, we’ve come out of Covid lockdown here in Melbourne, Australia. In not so good news, friends and loved ones in Europe and the UK have been thrown into the same situation we recently emerged from. To anyone enduring restrictions today, know that Scott and I are thinking of you, and sending you […]

Missing France How To French Country

Five More Instagram Accounts For Francophiles Who Are Missing France

Ok. So it’s taken a while. But my optimistic spirit has finally come to terms with the fact that we won’t be visiting France this year. It will be the first year in over a decade that we haven’t made at least a flying visit to France. You see, after we fell in love with […]

Paris, Part Time

Paris, Part Time – A Book Review

Well, the Melbourne Covid lockdown looks set to continue for longer than we might have hoped. I guess that means I’ll just have to keep reading about France rather than travelling there! And that’s where memoirs have a certain appeal. If I can’t see France through my own eyes, I can at least enjoy French […]

French Inspired Online Shopping

French Inspired Online Shopping

Well, I don’t know if it made news in your part of the world. But our home base of Melbourne, Australia went into stage four lockdown last week. After a few short weeks of freedom, we landed back in stage three isolation about three weeks ago. Unfortunately, Covid-19 case numbers continued to rise, and we […]

Do Not Go Gentle. Go To Paris

Do Not Go Gentle. Go To Paris – A Book Review

Ever since I was a kid, the thought of travel has inspired me. And in the last few years, the countdown to trips has kept me engaged with both my day-job and my side passions. So what does a human with permanent wanderlust do when Melbourne’s ‘return to lockdown’ takes travel off the table? (I […]

Provençal Palette

Time For A Change – The Provençal Palette

It dawned on me the other day that I’d been feeling a little bit out of sorts. Not unwell. But certainly not my sparkly best. It didn’t take too long for me to work out what was going on.  I was bored.  I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, given the isolated situations we’ve all found […]

My Beautiful French Collection Box

My Beautiful French Collection Box – And A Discount

Is it just me, or does anyone else love the idea of perfectly curated box of French goodness arriving on your doorstep at regular intervals? I’ve been fascinated by the concept of subscription boxes for some time. I love the thought of a nice surprise landing on the doorstep. Like when you receive a gift […]

Alisa Bearov Landrum

Remembering Alisa Bearov Landrum

I was heart-broken earlier this week when I learned of the passing of my dear friend and mentor, Alisa Bearov Landrum. Alisa hadn’t been well for many months. But that did nothing to reduce my shock and immediate grief when I picked up the sad message from her husband Charles. A devoted wife, mother and […]

French Travel Planning Nice France

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 […]

Post-Covid Style

French Inspiration For Your Post-Covid Style

Thankfully, there are parts of the world coming to the chapter of this Covid story where things are starting to open up. Some of us are can leave home for more than an hour a day. Others are able to visit with a limited number of family and friends. There are even some parts of […]

Stylish Necklines Thirty Chic Days Francophiles

My Top Five Ways To Create Stylish Necklines

I’ve been writing on my two websites – Distant Francophile and Janelle Wehsack Coaching – for a long time now. Yet this week is the first very first time where one blog post suits both audiences. To be honest, it’s not often that French style and career confidence cross over. And oddly, we have Covid-19 […]

Dinner in French

Dinner In French – A Book Review

From my perspective, the fact that more of us are cooking at home is one positive that’s come from this rather nasty situation. All around the world, the Covid -19 crisis is changing the way we live our lives. But cooking at home always requires some level of inspiration. And often that inspiration is difficult […]

Bring France Into Your Home

Bring France Into Your Home

So, I’m probably understating it when I say we are living in unprecedented times. The devastating impact Covid-19 has been having on families the world over is almost too horrific to be believed. Some of us are in lockdown at home, others are choosing to self-isolate and so many of us are grieving. For loved […]

First visit to Paris Distant Francophile

Distant Francophile: 6 Years Of Creativity, Joy & Friendship

It’s almost impossible for me to believe, but Distant Francophile turns six this month.  Six! Six years of creativity, joy and sharing one of our favourite things – France and our experiences of French culture – with people all over the world. Why Did You Start A Blog? I’m often asked why I started Distant […]