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...

Feu d"artifice on Bastille Day in FranceStorming of the Bastille

Bastille Day – The 14th July has been celebrated by the french every year since 1789, the year that citizens of France rebelled against the monarchy by storming the Bastille prison where dissenters (in fact, anyone who disgreed with the way that France was being governed) were held. The storming of the Bastille marked the start of the French Revolution which allowed the people to govern France. The first celebration, in 1790, was called the Fête de la Fédération and was a massive feast and official event.

Bastille Day Celebrations

Formally called La Fête Nationale, it is now a national (public) holiday and is celebrated all over France (as well as many other countries with a large french population) with both official ceremonies, for example on the Champs-élysées in Paris, as well as parties and firework displays (feu d”artifice) in just about every town. There is a tradition (which is permitted by Article 17 of the French Constitution) of pardoning some petty criminals by the state on this day.

What events are being planned for Brittany and Pays de la Loire? How will you celebrate in 2012?

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