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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  • Rate your bread 3 days ago An a country that can talk for hours about bread, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that you can rate your local bakery on a dedicated website, allobaguette. It’s a given that a baguette is croustillant here in France. If…Read more › Related posts: Artisan vs industrial bakeries In France,...
  • Mundolingua language museum in Paris 3 weeks ago I stumbled across a poster for the Mundolingua museum of languages during a busy long weekend in Paris. Given my love of language and Scrabble, this looked like my type of museum. Miraculously, I saw the poster during my only…Read more › Related posts: Acting French in Paris One of the great...
  • When and how to kiss in France 1 month ago Living in France means getting your kiss on, and it’s something that’s never bothered me. In fact, as someone who shuns hugging, the cheek kiss is perfect: less overall physical contact, and no awkward moment trying to figure out when…Read more › Related posts: Brittany for beginners Brest...
  • French fireman calendars 2 months ago You no doubt heard about the racy French pompiers calendar released near the end of 2015. If not, you can sample it in the video below. Here in Saint Jean de Sixt, our local fire brigade did their annual door…Read more › Related posts: The firemen of Saint Jean de Sixt Every December in Saint...
  • No, these sweets aren't a joke! 2 months ago Stopping in for lunch on the way back to Haute Savoie a few weeks ago, I spotted these haute gourmandise sweets for sale. The boxed version on the right is the most bizarre packaging I’ve seen so far in France,…Read more › Related posts: No, this really is a new French product Does anyone...

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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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