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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  • Learning first aid in French 5 days 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! 1 week 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 weeks 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 weeks 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...
  • You just don't see this in the city 1 month ago Some things are a bit different here in the countryside of France. For instance, how many cities offer a calf as a prize? Here in La Clusaz, it’s a regular thing. You might remember the raffle last year, and now,…Read more › Related posts: The Grammys, La Clusaz style La Clusaz has all sorts...

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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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