Brittany and Loire blog for expats living, working and playing in France
Places to visit
If it were blowing a gale outside your French home would your first thought be to rush into the local woods to go mushroom hunting?
La Roche Bernard is a pretty Brittany town in Morbihan on the banks of the river Vilaine. Picturesque, with a natural harbour, two superb bridges, shops and great restaurants. It is a Ville Gastronomique and Petite Cité de Caractère.
Looking for ideas of what to do while on holiday in the La Roche Bernard area? We have compiled a list of ideas to keep you entertained white holidaying there.
The Parc Naturel Régional de La Brière includes the largest wetland area in France outside of the Camargue and covers around 100,000 acres.
Tourists enjoy visiting craft, antiques and produce markets in France. Looking for local Pottery, salt from the Guérande marshes, Muscadet from the Pays Nantais or fabulous fresh shellfish? All can be found at any number of bustling local markets.
Chris Slade describes “Le Pays de Conomor”, a sound and light show at the abbey of Bon Repos, taking place during the first 2 weeks of August.
Driving in France
Driving in France since Brexit has been a bit of a challenge for many, but especially for expats: driving licences, car insurance, it can all be confusing
On 1st July 2012, a law was introduced in France: all drivers had to carry a breath test kit in their car. Find out why and if or how that law was implemented. Read more about the driving requirements in France.
Is it possible or indeed practical to buy a LHD car in the UK, originally registered in Poland, and then import it to France? Are there guidelines to be followed?
In recent years, travelling across to the continent and driving in France has become increasingly easy for Brits, but there are laws and regulations to bear in mind while driving abroad.
The Summer holidays are nearing the end in France and everyone is preparing for “La Rentrée des Classes” after an eight-week break
Sandrine and Philippe are looking for English-speaking Summer camps in Brittany, where they live, for their children, aged 5 and 7.
After a 9 week summer break, it is time for children all over France to begin their new school year on the long awaited day of “La Rentrée”
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 tool.
May 1st in France brings to mind lily of the valley, Fête du Travail, demonstrations but also vandalism caused by Black Blocs
Is there an etiquette to observe when inviting French friends over for aperitif? Cindy, our guest blogger, has discovered that there is.
Muguet is very popular in France on 1st May each year. It is offered as a gift to friends and loved ones to wish them good luck.
The Fête du Travail is the first of the bank holidays in May. This public holiday is also the day when muguet is given to friends and family.
Gardening in France
Can you light a fire outdoors in France to burn your garden waste? You would think so. Well, it may not be so simple.
When Nicola and her husband tried buying a small right of way serving their garden a few months ago, little did they know how long it would take to achieve
An unusually early Summer and Autumn this year means that Nicola’s orchard is growing faster than normal. Apples have to be picked and pressed well ahead of schedule
Holiday Website Tips
Make sure there is a clear and obvious way for people to get in touch with you wherever they are on your website. Failure to do so could result in lots of potential bookings finding their way to somebody elses website.
Do you need your own website to market your holiday rental property or are holiday rental listing sites good enough to deliver the return you need for your money?
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?
If the location of your french business is important to your website visitors (for example, if you are selling or renting holiday properties or if you have a shop or office that people need to find) you really need to show them very clearly WHERE YOU ARE…