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@Claude B, I was cycling up towards the Lautaret yesterday and could not believe the amount of traffic and then realised that it was the holiday rolling eyes and that people were out making the most of the conditions.

Must have seen ski tourers numbering into double figs around the Lautaret and up towards the Galibier.

Up by the tunnel at the Galibier which is as far as you could go bumped into this guy who turned out to be English working for HP in Grenoble for the past 25yrs and in his day a very good cyclist and knows @davidof, well !



Decathlon in Briancon is all open etc probably best to come over after the holiday, not that it's busy.

I'm buying more stuff there now as the quality is so good as well as the pricing.

Let us know etc (PM me) and call in as you'll be driving right by us!
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Oh well we're fecked to go back to the UK from the sounds of things then rolling eyes

Really is horse bolted etc and why wait till June 8th ?

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-52774854
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@Claude B, great photo. Missing the mountains already.
Well, we made it back to Suffolk. Roads in UK much busier than in France (what’s new?) but everywhere incredibly quiet. Except for the massive queue for Macdonald’s drive through we passed near Chelmsford. Mind you, saw a similar but shorter one in Bonneville last week.
Absolutely zero hassle from any officials all the way from Haute Savoie to Calais. Very, very few vehicles of any type on Eurotunnel.
Only inexplicable incident - got a speed camera type flash somewhere near Dijon last night whilst pootling along at about 90kph.... paranoia wonders if this is some sort of new device to fine people for being over 100km away from home Puzzled (our van has French plates)....time will tell.
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Oh well we're fecked to go back to the UK from the sounds of things then rolling eyes

Really is horse bolted etc and why wait till June 8th ?


Massive amount of work to do to implement it - gives you a window for getting back without having to isolate yourself on arrival.
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With the mortality and morbidity stats here you’d be stupid not to anyway Very Happy
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@gvj, that McDonald's queue was in the news...half a mile from me..absolute gridlock
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Massive amount of work to do to implement it...


Really, how long has this been going on, at least 2 weeks if you go back over the pages of this thread?

Anyway think we'll choose to sit it out here in our little bubble however long that might be?
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Oh well we're fecked to go back to the UK from the sounds of things then rolling eyes

Really is horse bolted etc and why wait till June 8th ?



I told you, take a rubber dinghy from Calais, no issues at the moment Happy

Still you are probably better off being here.
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Oh well to be expected, does not bode well for post Brexit travel ??

Could not find the same on the BBC

https://www.thelocal.fr/20200522/uk-to-quarantine-people-arriving-from-france-says-british-government

The French government said that it "regretted" the UK's decision, but said that it would impose reciprocal measures on people arriving in France from the UK.

A spokesman for France's Interior Minister told AFP on Friday: "We take note of the British government's decision and we regret it.

"France is ready to put in place a reciprocal measure as soon as the system comes into force on the British side," it added.
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so its politics not health reasons
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so its politics not health reasons


how much of this situation has been health rather than politically driven?
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New cases in France yesterday 393.

New cases in the UK yesterday 3297.

These figures are fairly typical of recent days rolling eyes

Though have to admit to maybe suggesting to the OH that we go back, but she's content here, whereas normally it's the other way round?
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@Weathercam, no way would we be back here in the UK if we didn’t have to be (small matter of having to move house)
Hopefully a two week quarantine will not be an utter disaster if you’ve got an address to go to to spend it in Puzzled .....all depends on the small print.....and how it’s implemented.
Like we can drive 100s of km back to the UK but our friend was fined 130€ around the corner from his house the one time he forgot his “attestation” last month.
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Much as I want to visit uk, I'm missing my daughter a lot haven't seen her since October, it will have to wait. I was hoping July would be possible, my parents come out of 14 weeks total lockdown on 1st July, that looks unlikely. I haven't got a home there now otherwise I might just do it. I think France is acting fairly tbh, happy to allow UK visitors without a period of isolation but just reciprocating UK actions, same with Spain.
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Weathercam wrote:
New cases in France yesterday 393.

New cases in the UK yesterday 3297.

These figures are fairly typical of recent days rolling eyes

Though have to admit to maybe suggesting to the OH that we go back, but she's content here, whereas normally it's the other way round?


Although France doing much less testing per head than UK.
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Oh well looks like we'll head back June 5th or 6th, I'll ring vet up on Monday.

Our daughters are super happy at the prospect, probably more about seeing the dogs Laughing

Think I mentioned we did buy a lovely sea-front apartment with the game-plan to AirBnB but obviously AirBnB is not happening, so I'm looking forward to staying there at least, as well as kiting etc

So many cars from other regions here this weekend, saw the PGHM having words with the many paraponts when I was coming back down from the Col du Granon.

Pretty picture time, looking down from the road up to the Granon and across to the pistes of Serre Che

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Well hardly surprising that France now imposes quarantine on people arriving from UK. That’s put French trip back to a no chance after it looking a possibility in recent days

Oh well got 6-weeks until we have to cancel - anything could change.
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@Boris, it was inevitable wasn't it? I've not booked anything, as we'll be going to apartment as well as the using the campervan, and can be a bit more flexible with holidays now J doesn't need a locum to cover him every time he's off. MIght think about September if the quarantine situation is resolved by then.
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@Hells Bells, we have a week booked in Cornwall as Plan B. And we’ll go skiing twice when we can Cool
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Off thread, but can one of you French dwellers tell me how one would ask for a beer such as a Bombardier in a French restaurant. I am doing some Zoom French lessons with my teenage nephew (in the kingdom of the blind....) and this came up.
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@pam w, “Une Biere brune” peut-etre
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Travelled back to UK yesterday. Arrived at tunnel within 15 minutes of ETA. quiet roads all through France.
No extra checks at the tunnel, form not needed, in fact easier than normal.
No checks coming into UK
Much busier roads in UK
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@pam w, take a look at this, brewery near here https://www.goodwinbrewery.com/biere
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@pam w, or perhaps "une bière ambrée" - depending where you are you may find a nice regional or perhaps just Affligem. if you are unlucky (or, lucky) you might be hit with a somewhat hefty Belgian version... wink
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Having researched Bombardier and comparing to @Claude B’s link it is “Biere Ambree”.
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Les Trois Brasseurs do “une ambree” and “une IPA” would you believe.

https://www.3brasseurs.com/bieres-fabriquees-sur-place
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@rdsweb, IPA’s in Savoie now, on draught?
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@rdsweb, IPA is somewhat universal. I am about to order the makings of a DC Brau "The Corruption" clone. Possibly my favourite beer in the world.
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Ask for a «Pelforth Brune» - my favourite beer. They also do a «Pelforth Ambrée». Another that's worth a go might be Grimbergen Rosé - yes, a rosé lager. I had a couple after doing the tourist trek around Besançon castle in 34°C and they tasted great. Bought a pack, and had them at home and it tasted disgusting. Only goes to show the power of context.
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@LaForet, ahhh, you are missing "Pelforth du Saison". Even comes in its own glasses. Of which I have only managed to steal one... Do they do an Ambrée? I've only ever seen the Brune.
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Leffe do a rose too. The french add anything to lager, peche seems to me the most disgusting but it's very popular. But how can you take anyone who drinks a galopin seriously Shocked
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A plug for the best independent bar outside of Paris, down the road from me in Nernier on lac Leman. Well worth a visit if in the area (between GVA and PdS).

http://www.auboncoin.com/site/brasseries/

Can't wait for it to open soon, but it's been serving draught IPA and independent brewers from all over the world for over 30years now. Way ahead of it's time, the affable Didier behind the bar still plays eclectic rock on his bar top turntable. He's not going to win any awards for outstanding service though....especially if you ask for commercial beer.
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Charlotte (Easiski) taught me that word, @Claude B - I find a galopin just the thing sometimes, but then I'm a girl and rarely get more choosy than "la moins chere"!!! Thanks for the beer tips chaps - we had thought "une biere ambrée" so were on the right track.
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@pam w, Charlotte ordered un galopin de panaché in my local and the french barman told her she was more french than the french Laughing
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Many years ago I went to Strasbourg for the Christmas Market and drank quite a bit of Kronenbourgs Bière de Noël that year. It was very strange, a strong lager but with the same spice flavourings as vin chaud Shocked
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@pam w, when I was a language assistant in Haute Savoie in the 70’s it was common to ask for “un bock” which was a draught beer in a small glass about half “un demi”. Can’t say I’ve heard that used for a long time though. At the time I played rugby at Rumilly and after the match it was customary for each player to buy a round of “mominettes” which was a half measure of Pastis. This was often shortened to just “une momi” and if you wanted something less sharp you could ask for “une momi tomate” or just “une tomate” which is pastis with a dash of grenadine syrup added. I have no idea how widespread these expressions are. Be interested to hear if anybody else knows them
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@pam w, when I was a language assistant in Haute Savoie in the 70’s it was common to ask for “un bock” which was a draught beer in a small glass about half “un demi”. Can’t say I’ve heard that used for a long time though. At the time I played rugby at Rumilly and after the match it was customary for each player to buy a round of “mominettes” which was a half measure of Pastis. This was often shortened to just “une momi” and if you wanted something less sharp you could ask for “une momi tomate” or just “une tomate” which is pastis with a dash of grenadine syrup added. I have no idea how widespread these expressions are. Be interested to hear if anybody else knows them


a bock is a type of bavarian beer, I guess it has come via Switzerland.

I would be very careful about using any slang terms, especially from the 1970s and indeed almost any French you pick up in the Haute-Savoie.

Your description of a Momimette is quite correct but probably hasn't been heard in the average bar since Toulouse Letrec was buying a round in the Moulin Rouge circa 1880.
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One phrase I am hearing less and less is C'est la tournée du Patron!

Might be cos I'm in a resort most of the time not sure if the tradition continues in the countryside.
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Your description of a Momimette is quite correct but probably hasn't been heard in the average bar since Toulouse Letrec was buying a round in the Moulin Rouge circa 1880.


I know it’s correct cos I used to use it regularly and surely it can’t be as archaic or arcane as you suggest if you’ve heard of it too Very Happy Very Happy
Not only that but have you ever been to Rumilly? Brigadoon’s got nothing on that place!! (I loved it really)
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