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.

Deserted beach at La Baule in November

Deserted beach at La Baule in November

After a fairly dismal week or so weather wise we decided to take a break from work and spend an afternoon in La Baule.

Nice menu du jour at La Bergerie on Avenue Générale de Gaulle – 3 courses for less than 12 euros – I took a rouleaux of smoked salmon with a chevre mousse, a stew of beef and carrots, and dessert of panna cotta. Very nice, and the restaurant (despite it being a Thursday in November) was virtually full. The patron said that about 90% were regulars! Given the competition for diners in La Baule, the inclement weather, and time of year, I think this is impressive.

A quick walk along a quiet seafront – well, it’s still one of the greatest beaches in Europe, even in the middle of November – and then off to the Cinema Gulf Stream…

Potiche is the latest Gérard Depardieu movie, with Catherine Deneuve, a film set in the 1970’s about a wife who takes over running her husbands umbrella business whilst he is hospitalised after a strike at his factory gets out of control. Amusing, easy to understand (pour un Anglais!), and enjoyable – but at 15 euros for the 2 of us, less value for money than our lunch!

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