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.

Mushroom picking in France

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

Pineau … or Pinot? Do you know the difference?

Pineau is a delicious alcoholic drink which comes from the Charentes region of France. It is 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.

Mushrooming in Monteneuf forest

If it were blowing a gale outside your French home would your first thought be to rush into the local woods to go hunting for ceps, chanterelles and pied de mouton mushrooms? Read Nicola’s account of mushroom hunting in Brittany in the middle of a storm.

Nicola Harrington - guest blogger living in France with 7 holiday rental gites

Nicola Harrington

There isn’t school on Wednesdays and French children are encouraged to carry out activities outside the school environment to broaden their experiences/skills. There is a wealth of activities on offer from gymnastics, pottery, art, horse riding, piano, violin lessons, and even yoga.

Joe and Iona both have swimming lessons on a Wednesday afternoon. Joe’s swimming instructor is a tall stocky slightly scruffy man in his early thirties. He has a totally different approach than Iona’s teacher. Iona swims length after length perfecting her crawl and breaststrokes. Joe, on the other hand, spends a lot of time diving in the pool either as if he were Superman or as if he were saving a goal! However, both methods seem to be working.

Yesterday, as we were leaving, Joe’s teacher met me in reception.

‘Are you English? he asked. ‘Do you give English lessons?’

‘No’, I replied.

‘Ah, would you be interested in giving conversation lessons as I would like to improve my English.’

‘OK.’ I say… now, WHY did I say that? What on earth am I going to talk about to a superman diving swimming instructor??

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