Pineau … or Pinot? Do you know the difference?

What is the difference between Pineau and Pinot? When I first met my wife's family in France, I had never heard of Pineau. When I did hear of it, I thought people were referring to Pinot – as in Pinot Grigio, which I love! But I did not realise there is a great...

Le golf en Bretagne et Pays de la Loire

La Bretagne et les Pays de la Loire sont bien connus pour leur excellent choix de superbes parcours de golf à la portée de tous les niveaux et de toutes les bourses. Nous vous présentons ici quelques parcours régionaux, en vous donnant un aperçu des équipements et...

La Rentrée des Classes.

La Rentrée des Classes is near The long Summer holidays are nearing the end in France and everyone is getting ready for "La Rentrée des Classes". Children have been on holiday since July 6th, enjoying (hopefully) 8 weeks of fun and games. Firstly, teachers will be...

La Roche Bernard

Introduction to La Roche-Bernard La Roche-Bernard is a small town in Southern Brittany. It is a very exciting place to visit for many reasons. The town is situated on the River Vilaine, and plays host to a myriad of small boats in its natural harbour. Two superb...

Local Activities

Whatever your interests, the Brittany / Pays de la Loire region of France certainly offers an incredible range of local activities. From walking to sailing or from playing golf to relaxing on one of the many glorious sandy beaches. Do you prefer a self-catering...

Category: French Recipes

Friday Night in Brittany = Galette Night

There aren’t too many takeaways in rural Brittany…. In fact I think our closest takeaway restaurant is 45km away. So instead of a takeaway night the French have a ‘galette night’ which, in Brittany,...

Mont d’Or cheese

This cheese is a delight! Made from cow’s milk in the Jura region in France, this cheese called Mont d’Or is an Appellation Origin Controlled cheese. It is marketed in round boxes made of spruce...

Pike recipes – how to cook pike quenelles

Pike Quenelles This is another dish that Raymond Blanc cooked on his program when he visited Lyon (France) and that I really fancied after watching it! I cheat and buy mine frozen. All I need to do...

A French smoked sausage – Saucisse de Morteau

After watching French chef Raymond Blanc on English TV last week, I suddenly fancied one of the dish he cooked. The Saucisse de Morteau… This sausage is made in the region of Franche Comté in...

La Bouillabaisse de Marseille in Brittany

Lucienne was in the village shop when I called in for our lunch time baguette. “I’m glad you are here” I say, “I need your advice.” “Ah bon” she replies....