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.

Mushrooming in Monteneuf forest

If it were blowing a gale outside your French home would your first thought be to rush into the local woods to go hunting for ceps, chanterelles and pied de mouton mushrooms? Read Nicola’s account of mushroom hunting in Brittany in the middle of a storm.

A few opened Breton oysters on a plateThe Breton oyster farmers will argue that it is due to their unrivalled expertise that has been handed down through the generations. This is possibly partly true, but the quality is also due to Brittany’s outstanding waters. The strong currents constantly mix the water, giving the oysters all the plankton they need to ensure healthy growth.

Types of Oyster in Brittany

Brittany harvests 12 types of oyster (including the Belon, which is native to Brittany and which some people consider to be the epitome of oyster eating), and the real oyster connoisseurs will tell you they all have their own distinctive taste.

What nutritional value do oysters have?

Not only do oysters taste delicious but they also contain proteins of superior quality with essential amino acids which the body needs for tissue formation and repair. They are also an excellent source of vitamin B12.

So, when you are next in Brittany, head for Pénerf and pick up a kilo or two of oysters !!

Editor Notes

When we’re in France we go to the market at La Roche Bernard on a Thursday morning. It’s a bit of a tradition for us to pick up a dozen Penerf oysters there (Penerf is just a few kilometres away) and have them for lunch with a glass of Muscadet.

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