School Holidays 2018 – 2019

School Holidays 2018 – 2019

With the summer holidays drawing to a close it’s probably time to start planning your year ( especially if you’ve got kids and need to figure out child minders .. ) Well the calendar for school holidays for the new year is out There are three school zones...
Little changes to your daily routine to save the world

Little changes to your daily routine to save the world

At this stage I’m going to guess we’ve all seen the videos about plastic and that we need to make a change? I’d love to say I’ve been good for years but it’s just not the case. I recycle where possible and have now for as long as I can...
Getting around in Nantes with ZenBus

Getting around in Nantes with ZenBus

I rely a lot on public transport in Nantes. When I head into the office in the morning in the city centre I’ll grab the tram line 1. When I head across to the design school where I’m teaching a bit I’ll grab the line 1 and then a bus the rest of the...
Do you Tu or Vous?

Do you Tu or Vous?

I’ve ended up seeing this image a few times over the last while and I thought it’s worth sharing. Having to be formal and saying vous just goes against my nature. I might say sir or madame from time to time in English but it’d be rare. Hell the...
What to do on the Bank Holidays / Jour Fériés

What to do on the Bank Holidays / Jour Fériés

May is one of those insane months where you get ALL of the bank holidays First up you’ve got the Fête du Travail on the 1st of May. Next it’s the 8th of May and the end of World War II. Ascension Thursday varies from year to year it’s on the 10th...
Learning French by yourself with Duolingo

Learning French by yourself with Duolingo

I’m not sure when I entered this, but my profile on Duolingo is as follows I’m an Irish guy living in Nantes who doesn’t practice French enough. I’ll learn with my kids right? 🙂 It’s pretty much true though. There are all the things we...
Where to buy and sell things second hand?

Where to buy and sell things second hand?

If you’re just here short term or even if you’re looking to save a pretty penny then Second Hand goods could be for you. Yesterday I posted up an advert onto the Knowing Nantes Buy and Sell group  Do you dream of climbing on board the property ladder? This...
Bringing Home the Bacon in France

Bringing Home the Bacon in France

No we’re not going talking about how to make a living in Nantes we’re talking about BACON!!!! REAL IRISH BACON!!! ( Apologies I get a little bit excited about food at times) With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner you might be missing the...
This little piggy went to market

This little piggy went to market

You probably have heard of the covered Market at Talensac? You’ll no doubt also have heard of the market at La Petite Hollande as well on Saturday mornings with 200 – 300 sellers? Did you know though that there are currently 18 general food markets in...
Unsolicited Cold calls getting you down?

Unsolicited Cold calls getting you down?

Nearly two years ago I posted up a link to an article from Numerama on Knowing Nantes about a new system Bloctel from the French government to help consumers stop getting harassed by cold callers / marketeers. I was reminded a few weeks ago about the service. The...
Getting from the Airport to Nantes

Getting from the Airport to Nantes

Also getting to the airport from Nantes! Assuming you don’t have friends who’ll give you a lift here are your options for getting to and from the airport. Take a Taxi We’ve probably all been there … you’ve got a headache …...
Bike stolen in Nantes?

Bike stolen in Nantes?

Have you had a bike stolen? While it’s probably not a very nice experience there may be some hope. You can find the list of bikes that have been recovered by the police here...
Where can I get Passport / ID photos in Nantes?

Where can I get Passport / ID photos in Nantes?

Where can I get ID photos in Nantes? It’s a question that comes up on Knowing Nantes quite often. Normally it’s people looking for ID photos for kids / Babies. Though you’ll need one for the Student Card …  Museum Pass … your TAN travel...