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.

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.

Recipe for French Walnut tart

Tarte aux noix

Knock on the door.

‘Nicole, are you busy?, Non?, Bien. Ecoute. This morning I have made a fantastic tarte.  It is still hot, but, here, try some.’ …. and still on the doorstep, Lisette thrust a plate in my hand.

‘Would you like a coffee?’, I ask.

She looks at her watch. ‘Pourquoi pas.’

‘What is the tarte?’ I ask.

‘Walnut. Do you have any left?’

I point to the three huge baskets in the corner of the kitchen. The walnut crop was fantastic this year.

I try the warm tarte. Yes, it is lovely.

Lisette, full of enthusiasm for her new tarte. ‘Oui, j’adore, and it is so simple to make. I knew you would like it, so I’ve written the receipe for you. Now, I must go and do some shopping before midi.’

And she was gone. It is so good to see passion and enthusiasm.

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