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.

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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