Hugh Atkins

Co-founder of Pure France. 20 years of visiting and photographing fabulous properties, meeting fascinating people and driving every main and back road in France.

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PuyDuFou

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26 September 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Sports and leisure, Tourism

Puy du Fou

Puy du Fou is a historical theme park in Les Epesses (between Cholet and La Roche-sur-Yon) in the heart of the Pays de la Loire region of western France. The park receives more than 2 million visitors every year, making it the second most popular theme park in France after Disneyland Paris.

Cannes

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23 September 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Nature , Tourism, Sports and leisure

Cannes Natural Forest Park - La Croix des Gardes

Less than a kilometre from the Croisette in Cannes isthe Forest Natural Park of the Croix des Gardes, offering a secluded forest with many trails. Discover no less than 5 routes ranging from 1.5 km to 5.2 km crossing 80 wooded hectares punctuated by 5 look-out points to admire a 360° panorama over the bay of Cannes, the Estérel massif and the Lérins Islands.

Espelette

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22 September 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Gastronomy

Fête du Piment

In the Basque Country, there is always a good reason to party. On the last weekend of October, the charming little village of Espelette celebrates the end of the harvest of its famous chilli pepper! The opportunity for the locals and for several thousand visitors to share a traditional party and savor local Basque products.

Noilly Prat

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13 September 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Drinks, Made in France, Tourism, Pure France

Visit Noilly Prat in Marseillan

Noilly Prat is one of the most drinks in the world. Joseph Noilly, a herbalist, developed the first formula in 1813, 50 years before the now archetypal vermouth, Martini. "White" Noilly Prat is the archetype of dry, straw-coloured French vermouth. Noilly Prat now makes Red and Ambre vermouths as well, introduced in the 1960s and 1980s, but they are less widely known. Produced in the small seaside town of Marseillan, there are organised daily visits as well as a large shop.

Impressionism

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10 September 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Culture

A Month of Impressionism - Art Festival

From September 1 to 30, 2021, the towns of Pontoise, Auvers-sur-Oise and Isle-Adam invite you on a journey to the time of the Impressionists on the occasion of the first edition of the 'Month of Impressionism' festival. Shows, exhibitions and workshops for all, old and young, come and discover the painters who lived in the Oise Valley and made it a major place for the history of art.

Belmondo

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07 September 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Culture

Adieu au magnifique Belmondo

The iconic French actor, Jean-Paul Belmondo has died at the age of 88. The actor died at his home in Paris, his lawyer Michel Godest said. Belmondo burst onto the silver screen in the 1950s, but made his name during the next decade's New Wave of titles including "Breathless" and "The Man from Rio". Over his 50-year career, Bébel, as he is known in France, appeared in 80 movies, starring in both popular and auteur films and working under a variety of major French directors, from Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard to Claude Lelouch.

Baie Des Anges

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02 September 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Architecture, Tourism

Marina Baie des Anges

If you are driving or taking the train between Nice and Cannes, you cannot fail to notice some of the most extraordinary contemporary architecture in France. Situated on the waterfront between Nice and Cannes is the Marina Baie des Anges in Villeneuve-Loubet with its amazing apartment buildings.


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