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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?

Simon Pocock

Simon Pocock

Breton Names

The name of our place, Coat Aillis, is interesting. Being in Brittany all the place names are in Breton. Our neighbour’s house is Poul Ranet, which means Frog pond, whereas Coat Aillis doesn’t really mean anything. ‘Coat’ is a wood or copse, but ‘Aillis’ annoys my Breton speaking friends. The reason is that the previous owner was a communist. The original name (there are several variants) derives from a local pre-Christian temple situated two fields away.

So, in french,  a church is an eglise but in Breton it’s Iliz, so before the communist owned our property, its name was Coat an Iliz, but he changed as he didn’t like the church aspect in the title. Its also interesting using a GPS or google map – the original name finds us, but not the current name.

Plestin Ruins Exposed

The Plestin commune has decided to expose the ruins more this year. They already have the ruins of a Roman villa at Toul Hery, so they sent a tractor /digger to do some ‘subtle’ digging and clearing the site, also connecting it to the VTT (mountain bike) track, so this summer there will be more bikers and hikers passing in the distance.

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