Exporting a UK-bought LHD car to France

Tracey, a British expat living in Brittany, contacted us to ask the following question: I am thinking of exporting a UK-bought LHD car to France. The car would be registered in Poland. Is this possible? How difficult would it be? EXPORTING A UK BOUGHT LHD CAR TO...

Driving in France

In recent years, travelling to the continent and driving in France has become increasingly easy for Brits. Both the Channel Tunnel and the various ferry companies offer numerous options. We live in Swindon and usually use the Portsmouth - Le Havre crossing. It offers...

Mushroom picking in France

Autumn, mushroom picking season Mid-October is upon us, and autumn is already well on its way... glorious golden colours abound in the countryside. A real feast for the senses: bright yellows, oranges, rich reds and browns so pleasing to the eye. The earthy and musty...

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...

Mushrooming in Monteneuf forest

An unexpected visitor (original post by Nicola) There was a terrific storm yesterday in the Ploërmel area. I had just put another log on the fire this afternoon when there was a knock at the door. Since yesterday was a bank holiday, we were rather startled: generally,...

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...