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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?

Lily of the Valley for labour day in France

Labour Day Flower – Lily of the Valley

Not only was 1st May the Vide Grenier at Reminiac, it was also a Bank Holiday, the Fête du Travail.

The Fête du Travail (Labour day) is the first of the official holidays in May.  This public holiday celebrates the social and economic achievements of the labour movement.

On May 1st, 1561, King Charles IX of France received a lily of the valley (or Muguets in French) as a lucky charm and thereafter decided to offer one each year to the ladies of the court.

It has now become the tradition on May 1st to give lily of the valley to friends and family as a symbol of springtime and to wish them happiness. It is said that whoever finds a lily of the valley with 13 small bells will be particularly lucky.

It is the only day in the year that people can sell flowers on the streets without official authorization… and without having to pay tax!

Now that you know about why French people give Lily of the Valley on 1st May, read more about the the Lily of the Valley Tradition in France here.

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