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 Traditions

Etiquette surrounding the French aperitif

I’ve been thinking about inviting our French neighbours round for a drink, or aperitif. So I thought, better just check if there is any etiquette involved. I wouldn’t want to offend...

Give Lily of the Valley to someone on 1st May

Not only was 1st May the Vide Grenier at Reminiac, it was also a Bank Holiday, the Fête du Travail. The Fête du Travail (Labour day) is the first of the official holidays in May.  This public...

French Easter Traditions – Chocolates from Rome

You would not not have heard any bells in France over the Easter weekend, not even the midday bells have been heard. Tradition goes that all the bells have gone to Rome and they return on Easter...

Poisson d’Avril. Watch your back!

It is believed that the observation of April Fool’s Day began in France, after Charles IX changed the calender in 1564, and New Years Day was changed to 1st January. People who still celebrated New...

Mardi Gras 2012 – No Fat Tuesday Cow

When is Fat Tuesday Yesterday (6th March) was Mardi Gras (French for ‘Fat Tuesday’), the day before the beginning of Lent. Mardi Gras also marks the end of the Carnival period. From...