Meet Louis, a freelance graphic designer from France. Living and working in Annecy, Louis was so kind to answer some questions about his gorgeous home country and provided some mesmerizing photos:
A typical dish
We have so many different dishes, but if I would like to present one, called tartiflette, a dish from my countryside that we’re used to eat specially during cold winters. Here is the recipe :
Ingredients for 4 people:
- 1 kg of potatoes
- 15cl of fresh cream
- 2 or 3 onions
- 250g of bacon
- 1 reblochon (a typical cheese from french Alpes)
- Peel the potatoes, wash them and boil them in salted water
- Preheat your oven at 180°C. Mince the onions.
- Cook the onions and bacon in a pan.
- Once the potatoes are cooked enough, cut them in thick slices
- Put the potatoes slices, onions & bacon in a gratin dish. Add cream and mix them together carefully.
- Cut the reblochon in two slices and put it on the top of the mixture.
- Put the dish in the oven during 20min until the cheese is melted enough.
I think one of the most popular tradition in France is Chandeleur day. We celebrate it on Frebuary the 2nd , in commemoration for the Christ who was presented as Israel light a very long time ago, but mostly we like Chandeleur because we eat crêpes that day (another typical french dish).
School wasn’t my favourite time when I was a kid. In France, most of the time, you are 20 to 30 children per classroom. I think it’s not the best way to learn. Moreover I think teachers are very strict, and this doesn’t make you comfortable. I felt better when I started to go to high school, when you start growing up, and feel more self-confident.
A typical day
There’s no typical day in France…
Depends where you’re from. I’m from Northern French Alpes, a nice place called Annecy.
During winter it’s cold, grey and snowy. But I just need 20 min drive if I want to go skiing.
During summertime, it can be really warm. After work, people go out to the lake for swimming or chilling on the beach.
In the old town, everyone is sitting on the “terrasses”, enjoying the sun for the rest of the day with a nice cold beer.
During week-ends, young people like party at night, going to the market in the morning, buying some fresh products, cooking, inviting people for a lunch or a barbecue, doing sports on the day and having the traditional aperitif at night with a pétanque (a very popular game from Marseille that all French people are adopting during summer).
What I like most about France
What I like the most in my country is you can cross so many different climates and landscapes in a few hours.
From the North to the South, everything is different: traditions, food, accent…
Even for me, when I travel in France, I feel I discover a different country every time.
But if I can give an advice for people abroad who would like to discover France: Don’t consider Paris represent all of France, because it’s a tiny place compared to the rest!