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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  • What France thinks of vegetarians 1 week 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? 3 weeks 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...
  • Just a standard night out in Le Grand Bornand... 3 months ago Le Grand Bornand is marketed as a family ski resort. They even hold a week-long summertime kids’ festival, and provide all sorts of family entertainment throughout the year. So it’s no surprise there’s only one nightclub in town. Lalu Discotheque…Read more › Related posts: If Le Grand...
  • What a difference a day makes 4 months ago The French Alps have had a slow start to the ski season, with Christmas holiday-makers in La Clusaz limited to just a few small ski areas. My  visitors sought alternative entertainment, opting for the Titanic Exhibition in Geneva and the…Read more › Related posts: The difference between France...

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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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