Covid complications causing concerns

Martin and Nadine haven’t been to France since January, and Covid complications certainly are an issue and a constant worry. It seems sorting out a ferry crossing isn’t the only hurdle. Is it better to go or to cancel?

Requirements for driving in France – Breath Test Kits

On 1st July 2012, a law was introduced in France: all drivers had to carry a breath test kit in their car. Find out why and if or how that law was implemented. Read more about the driving requirements in France.

Kouign-amann vs Lardy cake

Kouign-amann is a beautiful, buttery, traditional Breton cake. During the current lockdown, unable to travel to Brittany, we have found an alternative: the British lardy cake. 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.

This weeks' poem - to be learnt by Monday

French school children spend up to an hour each day practising their hand writing. Joe, our seven year old, regularly has to copy texts from his reading book. Their exercise books have five faint lines between two bold lines and gradually they learn how many lines you take up the ‘l’ and the ‘t’ and how many lines up and down you take the ‘f’ and the ‘y’.

The capital letters also have to be learnt as they bear absolutely NO resemblance to the lower case letters. Each child has a plastified sheet containing models of all the upper and lower case letter on their desk for easy reference.

When they take tests at school in history or geography they are awarded two marks, one for the correctness of the answer and the other is a combined spelling / handwriting mark.

With such importance being placed on handwriting the introduction of an experiment in one of Brittany’s schools to do away with exercise books and give each child a computer instead has not gone down terribly well !!

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