The Savoyard is a franco-provençal language mainly spoken in Savoie and Haute-Savoie, two French departments. 35 000 persons still know how to speak the language, but there are different dialects corresponding to the different valleys were it is spoken.
Some Savoyard words are actually used by French people everyday but most of us do not know it, so here are some examples: - Avalanche (an avalanche): “ava” means to go down and “lanche” is a slope - Chalet (a chalet/cabin): it comes from “chalèt” which means a shelter is the mountain - Givre (frost): it comes from zhivro which means a frozen liquid - And of course a lot of nouns for food, such as reblochon (a sort of cheese), génépi (an alcohol), diot (a type of sausage) etc…
Two days and two runs on the Mont Blanc on 21. & 22. May 2017. It has been my first time going up Aiguille du Midi and skiing in those crazy mountains. Quite the experience to ski Pointe Yield and Couloir Contamin with this sick crew of skiers. May pow is definitely tasteful!
Skiers: Leo slemett Laurent Gauthier Julien Cologne Tof Henry Vivian Bruchez Sam Anthamatten Markus Eder
Just a little post to announce that I’ve been chosen to be one of the Ambassadors for France in the Hetalia Fandom ;) It’s an honor and I hope I’ll live up to your expectations ;) Don’t hesitate to ask me if you have questions about this country or the French culture !
But I think that it’s time for me to introduce myself first ;) My name is Manon , I’m 23 years old and I’m currently studying in order to become a Head Educational Adviser! I want to work with children and to help them for their study options and during their schooling in general !
I’ve always lived in France near Paris but I’ve tried to travel a lot these last years and I visited a large part of the different French regions, particularly la Bretagne where my family came from.
And now before I leave you , here’s a short list of fun facts about France.
- There’s only one stop sign in Paris. Here’s the picture of this rare specimen.
Europe’s highest mountain is in the French Alps – Mont Blanc, at 4,810m, takes an arduous 10 to 12 hours to climb to the summit. Alternatively, you can take a leisurely 20-minute trip up on Europe’s highest cable car on the nearby Aiguille du Midi to get a brilliant view of Mont Blanc.
- It is against the law to carry live snails on a high-speed train in France without their own tickets – in fact, any domesticated animal under 5kg must be a paying passenger in France. In 2008, a Frenchman was fined when he was caught carrying snails on a TGV, although the fine was later waived.
I hope that you enjoyed this short list of fun facts ;)