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...
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Nicola Harrington - guest blogger living in France with 7 holiday rental gites

Nicola Harrington

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 practice.

‘Have you been to the new dentist yet?’ Veronique asked.

‘No, but I must take Iona and Joe before September.’ I reply. ‘What is he like?’ I ask.

Veronique smiles. ‘He is really nice, kind. Did you know he is Romanian? Just one thing though, he came to get us from the waiting room, smiled and said ‘Salut’.’

I must have looked confused.

‘Oh, it doesn’t bother me,’ Veronique continued, ‘but it is very familiar to say ‘Salut’ particularly someone from the medical profession to their clients. I can see some of his older clients taking offence.’

‘I hadn’t realized that saying ‘Salut’, could cause offence.’

‘Oh yes, really it is just an expression for children and teenagers. Adults do use ‘Salut’, but rarely and only between family members or with very close friends.’ Veronique explained.

Now, they don’t teach you that saying Hi (Salut) could land you in hot water in the French text books do they !!…

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