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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  • Why the bells rang at 7.30pm all over France tonight 6 months ago For those of us living in France, village church bells are part of every day life. Mine start at 8am and chime every half hour until 10pm. On Sunday mornings, we have the ‘get to church’ melodic bells at 8.30. … Why the bells rang at 7.30pm all over France tonight Read More »
  • For the love of tourism, use real English 6 months ago Safety is so important when it comes to ski resorts: there are standard rules for skiers to follow, mandatory helmets for kids in French ski school, and avalanche prevention procedures just to name a few. Somehow, whoever organises these huge … For the love of tourism, use real English Read More...
  • The paradox of the 'Yellow Vests' 8 months ago Here’s a roundabout in Annecy which the infamous Gilets Jaunes (‘Yellow Vests’) have regularly camped by. It’s a bit of a paradox, and I’ll explain why in a moment. Back in late 2018, the Gilets Jaunes movement gained popularity throughout … The paradox of the ‘Yellow Vests’ Read...
  • There's nothing exceptional about it 9 months ago “Fermeture exceptionnelle” is a phrase that everyone who lives in France is familiar with. Literally, it means “Exceptional closure” — a one-off, unexpected business closure, but there’s absolutely nothing exceptional about it. Why? Because every business seems to unexpectedly close …...
  • Do not stair (sic) 13 months ago It’s been a while since I’ve written about an English translation fail, so here’s a sign I saw when visiting an ancient walled city near Nîmes last week. ‘Interdit de monter‘ means ‘Forbidden to climb (the staircase)’ in English. Apparently, … Do not stair (sic) Read More »

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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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