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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?

Yesterday evening, the 2CV travelled a great distance to have a MOT (contrôle technique).

I gave the key to the grey overalled mechanic. He went to start the 2CV: nothing. Absolutely nothing.
The starter motor had stuck. This does happen. My heart sank.
I went outside and retrieved a hammer from the passenger seat and opened the bonnet.

French 2cv - Best car in the World

Best car in the World

The overalled mechanic grinned.
“You start the engine”, he said, “and I’ll whack the starter motor”. Teamwork!..
Two hits of the hammer and she started.


Surprisingly, a dodgy starter motor does not constitute a MOT failure.
However, it did have a few other problems: I need two tyres and the headlights need to be adjusted for driving in France.

Not bad at all…


Today I’m off for the 2 day cycle ride … 53km and sleeping in a tent with 8 seven – nine year olds…

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