Covid complications causing concerns

Martin and Nadine haven’t been to France since January, and Covid complications certainly are an issue and a constant worry. It seems sorting out a ferry crossing isn’t the only hurdle. Is it better to go or to cancel?

Requirements for driving in France – Breath Test Kits

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.

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. Read on.

Exporting a UK-bought LHD car to 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?

Driving in France

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.

Celebrating 200 years of conserved foodIt is exactly 200 years since Nicolas Appert, a Frenchman, invented the process of conserving food by heat sterilisation before placing them in a hermetically sealed container (originally glass bottles, but more recently in metal boxes) and went on to create the first conserving factory in the World. The invention changed the lives of so many people, including sailors for whom the invention meant less chance of scurvy and other maritime ailments.

How many of us today can deny the contribution that the humble "boîte" makes to our own lives, always there in the cupboard when we need a snack or a meal in a hurry and do not have the time to shop or cook? Pretty much anything is available, from the most humbe ingredient to the more exotic, and with a range of prices too!

My wife and I have become rather fond of Conserverie La Belle Iloise, founded in the 1920"s, and based in Quiberon with outlets all over the region – we visit La Turballe, Le Croisic and Le Pouliguen for our regular "fix". They have a superb and constantly evolving range of high quality seafood-based conserves, along with recipes, including Soupe de poissons, various chowders, mackerel and lentil salads, as well as the traditional mackerel in Muscadet and Sardines in olive oil. The shops generally have a few taster products to try. I generally grumble when I see the price, and you generally need to buy in packs of at least 3, but. as my lovely wife reminds me, I have generally forgotten about this when it is served up for lunch.
Joyeux anniversaire, and here"s to the next 200 years!

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