Brittany, Normandy and the Massif Central are all due some hazardous wintry weather early on Monday METEO France has issued an orange weather alert for 11 departments in north-west and central France because of heavy snowfall forecast in the early hours of Monday.The affected departments around Normandy, Brittany and the Loire valley are the Manche, Calvados, Orne, Ille-et-Vilaine, Indre-et-Loire, Maine-et-Loire, Mayenne and Sarthe. In the Massif Central, the alert applies to the Aveyron, Cantal and Corrèze.The warning was issued at 16.00 on Sunday and remains in place until the same time on Monday.Météo France is expecting up to 10cm of snow in the Massif Central, and a similar amount in parts of Basse-Normandie. In Brittany, snowfall will be more limited but cold air will lead to icy conditions on roads. … [Read more...] about Snow and ice alert for 11 departments
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Brittany Ferries on Monday sounded the alarm over Brexit, and said Brits are holding off on booking 2019 holidays until they get more clarity about future travel agreements, including whether pets can come. The transport firm said typically at this time of year families buy trips for the following August. However, bookings are currently down by around 5%. At peak summer times, Brittany Ferries can have 12 departures a day from the English coast, carrying as many as 2500 passengers per vessel. The company, which operates from Portsmouth, Poole and Plymouth and whose ships travel to Spain and France, said “people are waiting to hear if we get a good [Brexit] deal”. A spokesman added: “Loyal customers have a number of questions, including whether they can take pets abroad after March 2019, whether they will need a visa and if their European health insurance cards will still be valid.” Brittany Ferries, led by Christophe Mathieu, is concerned that a no-deal Brexit … [Read more...] about Brittany Ferries warns on Brexit as booking numbers fall
A new five star hotel has opened overlooking the dock of Deauville and they invited me to take a look around the sights and pleasantries of what is essentially a blend of modernity, sleepy European villages and food that will make you tingle. The boat across is what you would expect – Britannia Ferries are still offering a good service and it’s nice to watch the waves, something you don’t get with the Channel Tunnel, and it’s fun to be in a cabin. Deuville and Trouville “Are you from here?” our host, Pippa Twigg, asked the head chef at the Michelin-starred l'essentiel in Deauville. “Why yes, from Paris,” he chuckles, serving up some sweet olives for dessert (sweet olives are a thing and they are amazing). The second home of classy Parisians sat by a broad sandy beach, Deauville is everything you need for a romantic weekend or a week off with the family; it’s quiet, it has history, something to do without being too busy or tacky … [Read more...] about A French holiday for everyone: Normandy is the new Paris
Bretons and Normans share much. They both live in places with long and often crinkle-cut coastlines, by turns beguiling and savage. Both have a marked taste for shellfish, cider and butter. Boy, do they like butter. A serving of Breton kouign aman cake fulfils your cholesterol needs for a decade. They have the same colour scheme – grey and green through white and blue, with a constantly changing sky. And both have deep, ambiguous links with the British Isles. In Brittany, it's the early-established Celtic connection, though that didn't stop their corsair ports playing merry hell with our shipping a few centuries on. Meanwhile, the Norman invasion of England permitted "William the Bastard" to become "the Conqueror". The invasion, of course, went the other way in 1944. Ties with both regions are thus not only historic but also emotional. The D-Day beaches exert an enormous power as, in a quite different register, does the Interceltic Festival at Lorient, where our fringe … [Read more...] about Normandy or Brittany – which is better?
On July 12, French health authorities released shocking figures aimed at grabbing the attention of holidaymakers, in particular parents and people who are not strong swimmers. From June 1st to July 5th 2018, there were 121 fatal drownings around France, as well as 552 accidents linked to swimming. Most of these accidents involved children, such as the tragic case of three young siblings who wanted to cool their legs in a man-made lake in central France, but slipped in and drowned. But the risk of drowning exists even for the strongest of swimmers; it all depends on their ability to foresee potential dangers in different types of swimming locations. For instance, the Mediterranean sea takes the lives of more French swimmers than the Atlantic Ocean, and yet the latter’s tides are stronger and generally considered more treacherous. Here we take a look at the different types of precautions to keep in mind while holidaying anywhere near water in France. At sea … [Read more...] about The dangers of swimming in France’s seas, lakes, rivers and pools you need to know about