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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  • 'Lac en Partage' fun in Annecy 1 week ago Cruising around Lake Annecy on a large boat has an air of glamour, especially if you’re watching from solid ground. Last weekend, I finally became glamorous, stepping onto one of the famed red and white boats to cruise the lake…Read more › Related posts: A snapshot of Annecy Last weekend,...
  • Learning first aid in French 2 weeks ago Meet Anne. She’s a very important mannequin: she saves lives. Anne was given to me at a short first aid course here in St Jean de Sixt after a friend talked me into going. As always, I was apprehensive about…Read more › Related posts: What’s missing from this photo? At first, you might not...
  • And then suddenly, France seems logical! 2 weeks ago France, I’m sorry. I’ve made light of you many too times and questioned why you do things in what seems to be the strangest of ways. I take it all back after visiting the Italian island of Sardinia. Looking for…Read more › Related posts: Italy vs France Here is a photo of Vernazza, one of...
  • When 'forbidden' doesn't really mean it 2 months ago The sign in this photo translates roughly to “No public entry on work site”. Yes, on the left of the photo is a new building development. On the right is a picturesque view of the village of Les Plombieres les…Read more › Related posts: Bunkers in the north of France Don’t get me wrong:...
  • Vegie burgers hit La Clusaz! 3 months ago France is many great things, but it is not known for its friendliness towards vegetarians. As a non-meat eater, I’ve been offered fish galore, and even chicken — “because it’s not meat”, (“Yes it is”), “No it’s not” (and so…Read more › Related posts: The difference between...

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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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