Brittany and Loire blog for expats living, working and playing in France

Places to visit

La Brière

La Brière

The Parc Naturel Régional de La Brière includes the largest wetland area in France outside of the Camargue. It covers around 100,000 acres. Its vast network of canals, islets, marshes and lagoons plays host to a myriad of wildlife, and is a bird-watchers paradise.

Driving in France

French Education

La Rentrée des Classes.

La Rentrée des Classes.

The Summer holidays are nearing the end in France and everyone is preparing for “La Rentrée des Classes”. On September 2nd, every school in France will officially re-open its doors for the new school year.

Let the holidays begin

Let the holidays begin

French schoolchildren appear to have it all. In the summertime, they get a whole nine weeks off! However, not all of their time off is dedicated to rest and play, thanks to a popular educational too. Find out more about the French “Cahiers de Vacances”.

French Traditions

Gardening in France

Holiday Website Tips

Holiday Website Tips (6) – What your clients say is important!

As a french property owner you are constantly competing for bookings with other owners in your area. In times when demand outstrips supply you should all be able to co-exist happily, but the number of available rental units has been rising steadily and exchange rate fluctuations and economic crises are conspiring to dampen demand too. Internet searchers will usually look at a number of properties before choosing those to enquire about, so how do you increase the chances of your property being one of them?

Find out how to stand out from your competition by putting testimonials on your website

Food and Drink

Fresh quails’ eggs

As a British expat living in rural France, Rachel’s relationship with her neighbours is a very fruitful one, with frequent food gifts handed over

Read about the food presents Rachel gets from her neighbours

Kouign-amann vs Lardy cake

Kouign-amann is a beautiful, buttery, traditional Breton cake. During the current lockdown, unable to travel to Brittany, we have found an alternative: the British lardy cake.

Find out the difference between the two and decide which one appeals more to your taste buds!

Mushroom picking in France

In France, mushroom picking, or “cueillette des champignons”, is practically a national sport during the Autumn season. However, there are guidelines to follow before wandering through the woods.

Find out about the legislation and etiquette surrounding mushroom picking, plus where and how to get started.

Pineau … or Pinot? Do you know the difference?

Pineau is a delicious alcoholic drink which comes from the Charentes region. It’s a fortified wine made from 3 parts grape juice and 1 part Cognac and, like many great delicacies, was discovered by mistake.

Find out all about Pineau des Charentes.