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New segment of ‘Carey out of the City’ this week with TV 8 Mont Blanc.
Where is Savoie and Haute Savoie? In the French Alps of course!
If you don’t catch it the first time around, be sure to see it on TV8 Mont Blanc’s Facebook page or mine!
This segment showcases the why, where and how of the French Alps!
And I invite YOU to Join me ‘Out of the City and in the French Alps!’
Contact me or TV8 Mont Blanc to join me on my next adventure in March where we will try some artisinal beer from the region!
Life here is different and there is no need to wake up early, but yet I still do. Why or in French, pour que?
The realization…My husband wakes up with the sun, about 5am. He is a modern day fruit farmer in a region known for the apples and pears.
He can tell you the type of tree by a glance as we drive by, or by the smell of the leaf. He knows all the varieties of fruit that are known to man.
When we walk around the orchards, he explains tree processes to me and picks a piece of fruit from the tree.
It may sound simple, but for me it’s magical.
Marc is extraordinary in so many ways.
I come from a world where I could effortlessly navigate 3 mobile devices while running in heels and eating breakfast. I know about people, business, media, digital marketing, communications and creativity. I create solutions, strategy and forecast what will sell and how it must be positioned but have no idea how many varieties of pears exist or why the high altitude makes fruit special.
With generations and generations of Savoyardism, it’s no wonder a mountain is named after them.
They are Savoyard first and French second – and they will proudly tell you that their history is not French, but French Savoie, Division 74 & 73. It is a beautiful and chilly combination of endurance and loyalty.
Most people who move here, to the French Alps, do not 1) move from NYC OR 2) move into a farming family that dates back before America was ever discovered.
I had spent time in France prior to meeting my husband and enjoyed the countryside. And contrary to the “rude” French stereotypes, I am happy to say I have never had a bad experience in Paris, St. Malo, Loire, Cannes, or any other place I had visited in France.
However, when I moved here, I was ill prepared for the ‘not so’ welcoming reception I received. I soon realized that I did not move to France, I moved to Haute Savoie. I didn’t marry a French man, I married a Savoyard.
And despite my desperate attempt to try to understand the language, when attending dinners in the countryside, I couldn’t make out a sentence. I was embarrassed, empty, felt shutout and dumb. I tried to reassure myself that in a matter of time I would start understanding conversations and wouldn’t have to ask my husband for translations over and over again.
Was it the dialect? Was it the pronunciation? Was it the fast paced sentences? I couldn’t tell where one word ended and another began.
Was it the past, future, simple, future perfect, passé compose, imparfait verbs? Were they eating their words? Was there too much wine at dinner? Nope.
It was Patois.
Patois-Savoyard is the regional dialect is spoken in Savoy (departments seventy-three and seventy-four). This dialect is included in the European Charter for Minority Languages.
Perhaps Patois was a way to hold onto their region. After all, the French Alps were the last division to become French and were split into 3 with Italy and Switzerland claiming the other 2 parts.
Suddenly, the French graffiti on rocks and trees in the area scrawling “France Get Out” and “Free Savoie” began to make sense.
My curiosity led me to learn more about the region and slowly I started to understand that the “coldness” was a misinterpretation.
It wasn’t until the snow covered mountains became “chic” that anyone ever ventured here for a holiday vacation.
I also realized that my favorite mushroom picking spot is “the place le resistance.” During WWII, the people of the region not only fought but also WON against the Nazi’s. Hence, le resistance.
“The History of Liberty is the History of Resistance,” said Woodrow Wilson.
These local Savoyards fought bravely, courageously and their toughness was incredibly admirable. My own grandfather was in the American Marine Corps in WWII and I am grateful to have heard stories from him from the time he served (1940 – 1945).
With this new found understanding, I not only was able to more easily accept people but also greatly respected the lineage.
In the words of Dr. Steve Marabeli, “Do not be discouraged by resistance, be nourished by it.”
8MB is proud to present a new segment that is both traditional and innovative. The first English speaking series that is for locals, expats and tourists. « Carey out of the City » is about a New Yorker who is exploring the wonderful region and culture of Savoyard!
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Carey, out of the City and in the French Alps!
Really Excited To Be Featured in the Autumn Edition of Vivrè a Annecy!
It’s titled “An American in Annecy.”
Pick up your copy at the market or in the Bonlieu located in Annecy Centerville or read the article here.
PDF Link: carey-taylor-septembre-2016
Vivrè a Annecy is part of Le Dauphinè.
“I like my money right where I can see it…hanging in my closet.” – Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City
As a New York girl, when I came to France, I was aware of the 3 C’s, or the unabbreviated, 3 Christians. Now, we are not talking about the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, or the Catholic Church. We are talking about the non-denominational, Christianity of fashion!
Christian Lacroix , Christian Louboutin and Christian Dior.