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Kouign-amann vs Lardy cake

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Exporting a UK-bought LHD car to France

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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.

I am not sure what is happening to me….

After lunch, between about 1.00pm and 2.30pm, I feel tired. Really tired.

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

Nicola Harrington

Is this an ageing thing? I hate it.
I have even been known to sneak upstairs on a Sunday afternoon, and have a crafty sieste.

I am one of those annoying people who can sleep anywhere, anytime.
I lie down, fall asleep immediately, and wake up ten minutes later totally refreshed.

I have discovered that if I do have a 10 minute nap, I can work much later in the evening, and need less sleep at night.

BUT, it doesn’t feel right to doze at 1.30 in the afternoon… so, I have changed my daily routines.
I used to do all my housework in the morning, then work at my desk from 10.30 until 4.30… but, as I now seen to be falling asleep between 1pm and 2.30pm, I have changed everything round and I do my housework or a bit of gardening straight after lunch:
it is more difficult to fall asleep whilst hoeing carrots or hoovering!!
I happened to mention the fact that I feel a bit drowsy after lunch to Michelle, a mother of one of Iona’s friends.
“Don’t worry”, she confided, “I often shut my office door at work and take a quick nap.”

“Really?” I said, quite shocked, trying to imagine what would have happened if I had shut my office door in Central London for a nap!!!

“Yes, everyone does it. I have a friend who naps everyday in his office. He sets an alarm on his mobile to wake him up!!

Why do you think all the shops and offices close between midday and 2.30pm? You are becoming French… just go with it!!”

I wonder if I should mention this need for a sieste at our next meeting concerning our French Nationality application as proof we are becoming more French !!!

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