In France, there are 11 public holidays a year with the exception of Alsace and Lorraine which have 13. Lucky them! This year we have 4 public holidays in the month of May, which is a great time to travel the region and explore the food and culture! The French expression ‘faire le pont’ (to make […] Read more
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If you are in and around Chamonix, you may have noticed the local chocolatiers display cases and supermarkets filling up with chocolate eggs, roosters, rabbits and more. Easter is celebrated throughout France, and if you are in town you can check out some of the best offerings from the pastry chefs in the Haute-Savoie region. Here […] Read more
The weather is warming up and the days are longer, Spring is here! It’s the perfect time to spend your days and nights out and about. Here are a few events that will be hosted in April. Enjoy! France vs Sweden Ice Hockey Charity game will be held at the Richard Bozon Sports Centre on 6th […] Read more
It’s quite incredible just how much languages overlap! As people travel more and cultures blend together, ‘foreign’ words and expression are exchanged and adopted. Its natural to hear “ciao” outside of Italy as a form of greeting or parting and “bon appetit” is commonly heard outside of France as a salutation before eating a meal. Here […] Read more
The Alps boasts hearty food that is perfect after a long day out in the mountains. Local dishes such as fondue, tartiflette, croutes, gratin dauphinois and la tarte aux myrtilles are part of a staple diet. Stroll down any street in Chamonix and you will find a venue selling local, tasty food and drink […] Read more
On the 17th of March, you are sure to find people (with Irish lineage or without) celebrating in Chamonix. We have the best bars and restaurants for you to enjoy a pint of guinness or a green coloured beverage, Irish music and all-round great craic! This Saturday, there will be plenty of places to properly […] Read more
Colloquial or ‘local’ expressions can be a bit bizarre (to say the least) and thus hard to explain. Il pleut des cordes! (it’s raining cords/ropes) Chaleur d’aout c’est du bien partout! (in the heat of August, everything is fine).. And yet, despite their trickiness, colloquialisms add colour and humour to any language. Here’s a selection of French […] Read more