A lunar calendar to improve my gardening skills

Does the lunar calendar work for planting fruit, vegetables, flowers, for sowing seeds, or for simply gardening? What is the Calendrier Lunaire? Read on.

Exporting a UK-bought LHD car to France

Is it possible or indeed practical to buy a LHD car in the UK, originally registered in Poland, and then import it to France? Are there guidelines to be followed?

Driving in France

In recent years, travelling across to the continent and driving in France has become increasingly easy for Brits, but there are laws and regulations to bear in mind while driving abroad.

Mushroom picking in France

In France, mushroom picking, or “la cueillette des champignons”, is practically a national sport during the Autumn season. However, there are guidelines to follow before wandering through the woods.

Pineau … or Pinot? Do you know the difference?

Pineau is a delicious alcoholic drink which comes from the Charentes region of France. It is a fortified wine made from 3 parts grape juice and 1 part Cognac and, like many great delicacies, was discovered by mistake.

Find out all about Pineau des Charentes

Leonardo da Vinci

Wealthy collector Pierre-Antoine Labouchere donated several thousand manuscripts to the public library in Nantes in 1872. When a journalist came across a reference to a document in a biography of Leonardo da Vinci his search brought him to Nantes, and to the Labouchere collection, where he discovered a coded manuscript, written by Da Vinci and most probably in 15th century Italian.

The manuscript has yet to be deciphered, as it is coded in Da Vinci’s trademark right-to-left mirror writing.

This is not the first important discovery at the library from the same collection, as in 2008 a musical score by Mozart was found.

Read more about the discovery of a coded manuscript by Leonardo da Vinci in Nantes.

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