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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?

Mark and I have spent the day working in La Maison Rose, a small gite we are renovating in Reminiac.

At midday, Mark stops.

-“Come on, I’ll take you out to lunch.”

-“I can’t, I’m filthy”.

-“Great. You’ll fit in”.

We arrive at the D8 restaurant in Monterrein. The car park is full of vans.

We walk through the bar and sit at the last two place settings on one of the long tables.

The restaurant is full. I am the only woman. The men are all manual workers, plumbers, electricians, commune employees. I am pleased that I am covered in builders dust. I do fit in.

For entrée, we are offered charcuterie, melon or ham with mixed vegetables and a glass of cider.

The main course is either ‘tête de veau’ (I hope there is another choice….) or tripe (NOOOOOO) or duck (Phew…) The duck was delicious. Wine is freely available.

I am sitting next to a heavily tattooed man in his twenties. He has ordered tripe. This is served with 4 small jacket potatoes. He has spiked one of the potatoes on his fork and is painstakingly peeling it with his knife. I look round. Everyone is peeling their jacket potatoes…

Cheese to follow, then a choice of puddings. I choose Far Breton (a very tradional Breton dessert).

Coffee rounds up this unexpectedly delicious meal. Mark pays the bill: 20 euros for the two of us.

I am reluctant to go back to clearing rubble…

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