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...

La Brière

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...

Markets in France selling food, crafts and antiques

Visiting local food, craft, and antiques markets in France is one of the most pleasurable experiences enjoyed by holidaymakers. This certainly applies to Brittany and the Pays de la Loire regions. Whether you are looking for local Pottery, Speciality salt from the...

Holiday Website Tips (2) – Be easy to contact

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 else's website. A few simple ideas may make all the difference...

Category: French Language

When, and when not, to use ‘salut’ in French

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...

Will France become a bilingual nation?

France is a very proud nation. They are proud of their country, of their heritage and of their language. The French take their holidays in France. I am not sure of the exact percentage, but I...

Coat Aillis – What’s in Breton names?

Breton Names The name of our place, Coat Aillis, is interesting. Being in Brittany all the place names are in Breton. Our neighbour’s house is Poul Ranet, which means Frog pond, whereas Coat Aillis...

Tu and Vous – when to use each in French

Tu and Vous… the rules French people talk to one another formally or informally, depending on who they are speaking to. There are, of course, some rules. Always use the ‘tu’ form (informal)...

What’s in a name?

Its really interesting the name of our place is Coat Aillis but my Breton purist friends are quite sniffy about it as its a meaningless name and has been corrupted by the previous owner. The...