A lunar calendar to improve my gardening skills

Does the lunar calendar work for planting fruit, vegetables, flowers, for sowing seeds, or for simply gardening? What is the Calendrier Lunaire? 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.

Mushroom picking in France

In France, mushroom picking, or “la cueillette des champignons”, is practically a national sport during the Autumn season. However, there are guidelines to follow before wandering through the woods.

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

imagesCAJLBKAVI can’t believe it’s May already….and for some families attention is turning to the long summer holiday…and the never-ending problems with keeping the children amused. For parents that both work, the long break of around ten weeks can pose problems….and not just the “I’m bored” syndrome! How can parents carry on with their respective jobs and ensure the children are happy and safe?

Colonies de Vacances

imagesCAGPIJK3In France, we’re lucky enough to have a massive choice of summer camps or ‘colonies’ to choose from, which run during each major school holiday. Colonies de Vacances is an independent guide aimed at the 4 – 18 age group and features hundreds of camps across France. You can choose which ‘colonie’ will be most suitable for your children by holiday period, age, area of France and activity type. So whether your child is into sport, likes exploring science or space, spending time with animals, is interested in magic or wants to sing and dance their way through the holidays, there is something for everyone, which caters to all ages. For the older teens, there are also organised trips abroad…they can visit Scandinavia and follow the route of the Vikings, for example, or visit Japan, USA or Canada.

Click on the link below for further information – the site is in French but there is a translate option!

Colonies de Vacance

Editor Notes

Have you been to a Summer Camp in France or used one for your children? Would you consider it, and would your prime consideration be to keep your children occupied and stimulated or to avoid you having to take time off work? I have to say that none of this was available when I was a child (or at least…. my parents never told me about them!)

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