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 Language

When, and when not, to use ‘salut’ in French

I have just bumped into Veronique in Super U. She has just taken her children to the dentist and is a little bemused. The dentist retired last year and now a younger dentist has taken over his...

Will France become a bilingual nation?

France is a very proud nation. They are proud of their country, of their heritage and of their language. The French take their holidays in France. I am not sure of the exact percentage, but I...

Coat Aillis – What’s in Breton names?

Breton Names The name of our place, Coat Aillis, is interesting. Being in Brittany all the place names are in Breton. Our neighbour’s house is Poul Ranet, which means Frog pond, whereas Coat Aillis...

Tu and Vous – when to use each in French

Tu and Vous… the rules French people talk to one another formally or informally, depending on who they are speaking to. There are, of course, some rules. Always use the ‘tu’ form (informal)...