Le Franco Phoney

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Le Franco Phoney
Blog about France, French people, traditions, and culture as seen by an Australian in St Jean de Sixt, near the ski resort of La Clusaz and Lake Annecy in Haute Savoie.
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  • Shoot targets underwater in La Clusaz! 1 week ago This week, this photo appeared on my Facebook feed: Err, what? Is this an actual thing? Underwater shooting in a swimming pool apparently is a thing in La Clusaz and Europe in general. A bit of research reveals that this…Read more › Related posts: Entertainment in La Clusaz Last week in La...
  • The acceptable fart sound 2 weeks ago In France, it’s unheard of to start a meal with without saying “Bon appetit“. Cheese is served before dessert. Kids are shooshed if they talk loudly in a public place (making the parents far louder than the kids), and it’s…Read more › Related posts: Surely this is like selling fridges...
  • What France thinks of vegetarians 2 months ago Ahh, look at this rustic hippy scene from the seventies. Hang on, that’s an image from a brand new advertisement on French TV. The ad represents vegetarians as hippies living in houses with home-made decorations like shells on strings. Add…Read more › Related posts: Vegie burgers hit La...
  • Is this sign really needed? 1 month ago This photo needs little commentary. Public toilets in La Clusaz are often shared by both sexes, and when I walked into this one, the sight of urinals didn’t surprise me. The sign, however, did. It says “Water not drinkable.” Who…Read more › Related posts: Public toilets in Annecy This...
  • Switching to winter tyres in France 3 months ago Last year, I bought a new car. It has big tyres, so I looked at the cost of snow tyres and thinner wheels online, hoping it would be cheaper than in La Clusaz or Annecy. Undecided, I visited Norauto for…Read more › Related posts: For your safety, you cannot have these snow tyres I’ve ranted...

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  • Coping with Living Abroad Writing Contest October 2012 The glamour of jet setting or that dreaded feeling of homesickness? What does living abroad mean to you? For me, moving away from home was an escape from a world that felt like an old pair of jeans — comfortable, familiar and reliable. That old...

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