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.

Take a promenade en Barque in the BriereA 5 minute drive from La Roche Bernard takes you to the Parc Naturel Régional de La Brière. The park includes the largest wetland area in France outside of the Camargue. It covers around 100,000 acres. Its establishment in 1970 aimed to  protect the cultural and natural aspects of the area. A vast network of canals, islets, marshes and lagoons play host to a myriad of wildlife, and is a bird-watchers paradise. In addition, you can see traditional crafts, such as thatched roofing, bee-keeping and flower drying, fiercely preserved within the Brière.

Beautiful, wild and peaceful scenes on the Briere in FranceHistory

The Brière is a large lagunar depression located in a collapsed area of the Armorican granite bedrock. There, the blue clay sedimentation is testimony to the repeated oceanic movements over the last 10,000 years. In the Neolithic period it changed from a primarily forested landscape to a swampier more lacustrian environment. Dolmens and menhirs testify to human presence during that period. Some megaliths placed here before the formation of the swamps are now sunk in the peat (like the “fossil” trees called “mortas” by the Briérons). Over the centuries, peat cutting, pasturing, field clearing, fishing and hunting, helped modify the landscape. With the progressive decline in these traditional activities, nature started to return the landscape to its original appearance.

Ile-de-Fédrun

In the heart of the Brière, the area around the Ile-de-Fédrun offers numerous opportunities for tourist excursions.For example, “Promenades en barque” are a particular favourite. Visitors can take a trip on a small punt through the labyrinth-like canal system. You can hire punts and find your own way, or you can take a guided tour. Bréca and Les Fossés Blancs are also a good starting point for other organised boat trips.

Saint-Lyphard

La Briere Natural Regional Park near Saint Lyphard

La Briere near Saint Lyphard

Local legend has it that Saint-Lyphard was once under the spell of a fierce dragon. The beast would only allow people to inhabit the area if they sacrificed a young child each year. Eventually, a hermit managed to slay the dragon by tracking it to its lair, and killing it with his sword. Nowadays, the dragon is gone and visitors can take trips around the local area on Calèches (horse-drawn carts).

Kerhinet

Finally, Kerhinet lies in the heart of the Brière. The village has been restored to look like it would have done in bygone days. The area is pedestrianised and offers various exhibitions of local craft and produce. It boasts a bar and excellent restaurant: we have certainly eaten there a number of times! This is a nice place to stop for a short visit en route between La Roche-Bernard and the beach at La Baule.

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