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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?

Nicola Harrington - guest blogger living in France with 7 holiday rental gites

Nicola Harrington

I have just bumped into Veronique in Super U. She has just taken her children to the dentist and is a little bemused.

The dentist retired last year and now a younger dentist has taken over his practice.

‘Have you been to the new dentist yet?’ Veronique asked.

‘No, but I must take Iona and Joe before September.’ I reply. ‘What is he like?’ I ask.

Veronique smiles. ‘He is really nice, kind. Did you know he is Romanian? Just one thing though, he came to get us from the waiting room, smiled and said ‘Salut’.’

I must have looked confused.

‘Oh, it doesn’t bother me,’ Veronique continued, ‘but it is very familiar to say ‘Salut’ particularly someone from the medical profession to their clients. I can see some of his older clients taking offence.’

‘I hadn’t realized that saying ‘Salut’, could cause offence.’

‘Oh yes, really it is just an expression for children and teenagers. Adults do use ‘Salut’, but rarely and only between family members or with very close friends.’ Veronique explained.

Now, they don’t teach you that saying Hi (Salut) could land you in hot water in the French text books do they !!…

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