Pineau … or Pinot? Do you know the difference?

What is the difference between Pineau and Pinot? When I first met my wife's family in France, I had never heard of Pineau. When I did hear of it, I thought people were referring to Pinot – as in Pinot Grigio, which I love! But I did not realise there is a great...

Le golf en Bretagne et Pays de la Loire

La Bretagne et les Pays de la Loire sont bien connus pour leur excellent choix de superbes parcours de golf à la portée de tous les niveaux et de toutes les bourses. Nous vous présentons ici quelques parcours régionaux, en vous donnant un aperçu des équipements et...

La Rentrée des Classes.

La Rentrée des Classes is near The long Summer holidays are nearing the end in France and everyone is getting ready for "La Rentrée des Classes". Children have been on holiday since July 6th, enjoying (hopefully) 8 weeks of fun and games. Firstly, teachers will be...

La Roche Bernard

Introduction to La Roche-Bernard La Roche-Bernard is a small town in Southern Brittany. It is a very exciting place to visit for many reasons. The town is situated on the River Vilaine, and plays host to a myriad of small boats in its natural harbour. Two superb...

Local Activities

Whatever your interests, the Brittany / Pays de la Loire region of France certainly offers an incredible range of local activities. From walking to sailing or from playing golf to relaxing on one of the many glorious sandy beaches. Do you prefer a self-catering...
La Rentrée des Classes.

La Rentrée des Classes.

The Summer holidays are nearing the end in France and everyone is preparing for “La Rentrée des Classes”. On September 2nd, every school in France will officially re-open its doors for the new school year.

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Le golf en Bretagne et Pays de la Loire

Le golf en Bretagne et Pays de la Loire

La Bretagne et les Pays de la Loire offrent un vaste choix de superbes parcours de golf à la portée de tous les niveaux et de toutes les bourses. Nous vous donnons ici un aperçu de quelques parcours régionaux, leurs équipements et les services qu’ils proposent.

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La Brière

The Parc Naturel Régional de La Brière includes the largest wetland area in France outside of the Camargue. It covers around 100,000 acres. Its vast network of canals, islets, marshes and lagoons plays host to a myriad of wildlife, and is a bird-watchers paradise.

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Places to visit

What’s the big deal with Questembert?

What’s the big deal with Questembert?

Questembert’s claim to fame is that it has one of the oldest covered markets in France. The Halles date back from 1552 and play host to markets and fairs. This seemingly sleepy town also hides a wealth of exciting entertainment that it would be a shame to miss.

Food and Drink

Pineau … or Pinot? Do you know the difference?

Pineau is a delicious alcoholic drink which comes from the Charentes region of France. It is a fortified wine made from 3 parts grape juice and 1 part Cognac and, like many great delicacies, was discovered by mistake.

Find out all about Pineau des Charentes

Etiquette surrounding the French aperitif

Is there an etiquette to observe when inviting French friends over for aperitif? Cindy, our guest blogger, having recently arrived in France, has discovered that there is.

Find out how to offer French aperitifs (or apéro) and avoid social embarrassment

Aïoli – boiled fish, boiled potatoes, boiled green beans and a hard-boiled egg, all served up with the tastiest garlic mayonnaise

I’ve just had my first ‘grand aioli’. I’m surprised it’s taken me over 30 years to discover this great French dish. If you’ve never had one, it’s a Provencal dish of fish, vegetables and garlic sauce.

Find out more about ‘le grand aioli’, a great Provencal recipe

Lait Ribot – French Buttermilk

Lait ribot is the by product of butter making and is known as buttermilk in the UK. The French, particularly the Bretons, really like it and add it to a number of dishes (some surprising).

Find out more about Lait Ribot

Does unsalted butter exist in Brittany?

The Bretons love butter and consume lots of it. Brittany butter has a high fat content (more than 80%) with 16% water and between 2% and 3% salt. Do you know why they say you don’t need to add salt when making butter, or why the butter from Brittany is so yellow?

Find out about Brittany butter

Driving in France

French Road Signs – Priorité a droite? Apply or ignore?

When driving in France many English drivers have trouble with French road signs, particularly the priorité à droite (or priority from the right) system. Nicola, our guest blogger, and many French people, choose to ignore it, so what is the best thing to do?

What the priorité à droite road sign, and its variants, mean in France

French Education

French Traditions

Gardening in France

Holiday Website Tips

Holiday Website Tips (3) – Inbound Links

Have you seen the number of results that get returned when you search for "holiday rental property in brittany" or "loire holiday rental" or "gite near la baule" or any other phrase that includes a combination of "france", "brittany", "holiday" or "property"? How does your site stand a chance of getting a decent ranking and therefore being noticed? Link building is one activity that could improve your ranking.

Find out how important link building is for your website and how to go about getting more links