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: Food and Drink

Why are Breton Oysters so good?

The Breton oyster farmers will argue that it is due to their unrivalled expertise that has been handed down through the generations. This is possibly partly true, but the quality is also due to...

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,...

Making cider from apple juice

I almost prefer cider to wine. When we lived in England we never drank cider – the occasional glass of wine but never cider. The French, however, drink a lot of cider. It is drank as an...

Weekend de l’Amateur du Vin d’Evreux

Representing Domaine de la Paleine Gérald returned to Evreux for the Weekend de l’Amateur de Vin d’Evreux wine fair and caught up with Thiebault Huber-Verdereau, Domaine Huber-Verdereau...

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...