Tag: signs

Keep your dog

On a recent walk, this sign was kindly translated into German and English. The French actually says “Keep your dog on a leash”. As long as English speakers keep their dogs, they’re alright on or off the leash, presumably. In

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Confusing road signs

French roadwork sign La Clusaz

Some road work was done at the end of my street here in Saint Jean de Sixt a few weeks ago. Luckily, the French road workers put up some signs to help the locals with the diversion. Go left or

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Is this sign really needed?

This photo needs little commentary. Public toilets in La Clusaz are often shared by both sexes, and when I walked into this one, the sight of urinals didn’t surprise me. The sign, however, did. It says “Water not drinkable.” Who

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How did the farmer come up with this name?

Pictured is a signpost for a farm in St Jean de Sixt called “Milk et Bouse”. Okay, the “Milk” part is in English, but the rest is French. What do you imagine the French part means? “Et” is simply “and”,

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A café that probably doesn’t live up to its name

It seems that my lovely friend Chris is gifted at spotting funny French wording. He sent me the photo of some unappetising aperitifs, and now he’s found the Shag Café. Now I’m sure that the Azzurro Caffe, listed just above

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Alternatives to downhill winter sports #3

Following on from alternatives #1 and #2 (cross-country skiing and snowshoeing), today I look at the ski ‘resort’ of St Jean de Sixt. “How is that an alternative to downhill winter sports?”, you may ask. It’s a fine line, but

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Driving in France – car signs

For years, I’ve lived in France and been confused about a few signs on cars (and on roads, but we’ll save that for another time). I thought this black and white sign was a graphic version of ‘Baby on Board’

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Shopping hours in the French Alps

Shops here in the French Alps keep strange hours. For example, the supermarket in La Clusaz is closed from 12.30pm to 4.30pm, and rumour has it that the reason for this is so that tourists have to buy their lunch

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Wendy Hollands writer in Annecy, France

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