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 History

Le jour de la libération

What is “le jour de la libération”? WWII Victory Day (la fête de la victoire, le jour de la libération) is a holiday to celebrate the end of World War II and the French people’s freedom....

What is Bastille Day?

Storming of the Bastille Bastille Day – The 14th July has been celebrated by the french every year since 1789, the year that citizens of France rebelled against the monarchy by storming the...

Commemorating Deportation Day in France

Sunday was deportation day, which on the last Sunday of April every year, remembers those who were deported in the World War 2. My neighbour’s  mother was taken away when he was 2 years old,...

Megaliths, Breton standing stones… how and why?

A favourite haunt of mine, the megaliths at Monteneuf. A mystical place. Megaliths, standing stones, how did they get there, and why? A megalith is a large stone that has been used to construct a...