Visiting local craft, antiques and produce markets is an activity enjoyed by holidaymakers when they visit France. This certainly applies to Brittany and the Pays de la Loire regions, and whether you are looking for local Pottery, Speciality salt from the marshes around Guérande, Muscadet from the Pays Nantaise, or the most wonderful fresh shellfish, you will find it at any number of bustling markets in the area.read more
Make sure there is a clear and obvious way for people to get in touch with you wherever they are on your website. Failure to do so could result in lots of potential bookings finding their way to somebody elses website.read more
Places to visit
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...
A 5 minute drive from La Roche Bernard takes you to the Parc Naturel Régional de La Brière. The park includes the largest wetland area in France outside of the Camargue. It covers around 100,000 acres. Its establishment in 1970 aimed to protect the cultural and...
Visiting local craft, antiques and produce markets is an activity enjoyed by holidaymakers when they visit France. This certainly applies to Brittany and the Pays de la Loire regions, and whether you are looking for local Pottery, Speciality salt from the marshes around Guérande, Muscadet from the Pays Nantaise, or the most wonderful fresh shellfish, you will find it at any number of bustling markets in the area.
Food and Drink
Driving in France
Is it possible / practical to buy a LHD drive in the UK, originally registered in Poland, and then import it to France?
Can you purchase a car in France without providing a utility bill as proof of address? The car will only be needed for a year and we don’t have a permanent residence in France.
New speed cameras are in operation across 20 departments in France, virtually invisible to drivers and which carry a radar behind the number plate.
Have you ever wondered whether UK drivers can use the fast télépéage system on French Autoroutes, saving queueing time around large cities and during peak periods elsewhere? Well, it appears you can.
If you know of an English-speaking children’s Summer camp running in Brittany, please could you let us know? Looking for places for 5 and 7 year-olds.
After a 9 week summer break, it is time for children all over France to begin their new school year on the long awaited day of “La Rentrée”
French schoolchildren appear to have it all. In the summertime, they get a whole nine weeks off! However, not all of their time off is dedicated to rest and play, thanks to a popular educational tool
Lengthy introductory speeches from local officials, orderly demonstration of motor skills by young children, then – of course – Aperitifs!
Is there an etiquette to observe when inviting French friends over for aperitif? Cindy, our guest blogger, having recently arrived in France, has discovered that there is.
Muguet, or Lily of the Valley, is very popular in France around 1st May each year. It is offered as a gift to friends to wish them luck, but has a very long tradition dating back to 1561 and Charles IX.
The Fête du Travail (Labour day) is the first of the official holidays in May. This public holiday celebrates the social and economic achievements of the labour movement, and is also the day when Lily of the Valley (Muguets) are given to friends and family.
There is a tradition in France that says all the church bells go to Rome for Easter, and that on their return they drop small chocolate bells, chickens and rabbits in gardens.
Gardening in France
Can you light a fire outdoors in France to burn your garden waste? Maybe – but it’s best to check first with your local Mairie or fire service to make sure you don’t get a fine.
When Nicola and her husband tried buying a small right of way serving their garden a few months ago, little did they know how long it would take to achieve
An unusually early Summer and Autumn this year means that Nicola’s orchard is growing faster than normal. Apples have to be picked and pressed well ahead of schedule
Taking the occasional sneaky peek into next door’s garden can be useful: it can give you great ideas for your own patch, and you can even get useful tips and advice if you’re lucky enough to have a friendly neighbour. Just don’t get too competitive…
Holiday Website Tips
Make sure there is a clear and obvious way for people to get in touch with you wherever they are on your website. Failure to do so could result in lots of potential bookings finding their way to somebody elses website.
I was surprised to get a response from Brittany Ferries when I complained about them on Twitter. This should be a normal PR activity for all businesses though.
Do you need a personal website to market your holiday rental property or are holiday rental listing sites good enough to deliver the return you need for your money? I answered a question similar to this the other day and think the answer is YES.
As a french property owner you are constantly competing for bookings with other owners in your area. In times when demand outstrips supply you should all be able to co-exist happily, but the number of available rental units has been rising steadily and exchange rate fluctuations and economic crises are conspiring to dampen demand too. Internet searchers will usually look at a number of properties before choosing those to enquire about, so how do you increase the chances of your property being one of them?