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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27 February 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Tourism, Culture, Transport

La Route du Soleil - Autonauts of the Cosmoroute

A love story, a travelogue, a collection of stories and snapshots, both visual and verbal, irreverent and brilliant. "Anyone who doesn’t read Cortázar is doomed." - Pablo Neruda In May 1982, Julio Cortázar, literary explorer of the highest order, set out with Carol Dunlop aboard their VW camper van to explore the uncharted territory of the Paris to Marseille autoroute.

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27 February 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Home, Indoors and Outdoors

Johnny Depp - Provençal village for sale

Leading Hollywood actor, Johnny Depp is looking once again to sell his small French village. Located just outside Le Plan de la Tour, 25 kms from Saint Tropez, Depp bought the village in the early 2000s and spent millions renovating the buildings. The village includes a main house, six guest homes, a private restaurant, and an art studio. There are also two swimming pools, a square, a skate park, a full gym, and a wine cave. Find out here how much you need to buy it...

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26 February 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Tourism

Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes

A spectacular 5 km walk round the southern-most tip of the extraordinarily beautiful peninsula of Cap d'Antibes. Take a break from the chic boutiques, the busy cafés and the luxury properties and superyachts - discover the wonders of natural beauty on this unspoiled coastal path.

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25 February 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Holidays, Tourism

Bergerac, Monpazier and Monflanquin

Bergerac and the surrounding region is an ideal holiday destination set in the heart of Périgord countryside. Bergerac is a fabulous town itself to discover with a medieval heart with a beautiful river-front and winding streets with excellent restaurants. Venture out to two examples of the best preserved bastide towns in the region, Monpazier and Monflanquin.

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24 February 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Wedding planner

The Big Day. International wedding photographer, Daniel Killoran

"Anyone can take a picture, the art is to capture a moment and to see what no one else sees." Daniel Killoran is one of the best wedding photographers in the business. Fluent in three languages, he spends his work and leisure time between France, Italy and the UK. With access to some of the most spectacular wedding venues in France, here's an insight into his work.

23 February 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Culture

The Bic pen - an uncelebrated French design classic

On every desk in every school, university or workplace. In your coat pocket, somewhere in the car or in a kitchen drawer there is a familiar pen, made by Bic. Its one of France’s most uncelebrated design classics. Manufactured in Clichy, Hauts-de-Seine, France, the world's favourite pen reached a landmark in 2006 when sales reached 1 billion. Find out here why there is a hole in the cap...and more.

23 February 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Culture

Françoise Sagan

‘Aimless people who are involved in tangled, often amoral relationships.’ These are the international best selling stories of one of France’s most celebrated authors. Discover here the life and works of Françoise Sagan. Are they a true reflection of real French life ?

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19 February 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Transport, Culture

The classic Citroën Mehari

Anyone with memories of a 1970s summer beach holiday either on the Atlantic coast between Arcachon and Biarritz or anywhere along the Cote d’Azur from Marseille to Menton will remember the familiar site of the Citroën Mehari. A classic French vehicle and style-icon; find out more here.

17 February 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Culture

Françoise Dorléac

Everyone knows Catherine Deneuve, the icon of French and international cinema. But less is known about her sister, Françoise Dorléac. Françoise was actually the first of the two sisters to become a star - she first modelled for Chritian Dior and then made a number of films before her tragic death in 1967.

16 February 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Tourism, Architecture, UNESCO

Arles and The Luma Tower

The classical architecture of the Provençal town of Arles has recently been challenged by something quite extraordinary - a contemporary 56 metre tower that dominates the skyline and resembles what has been called 'a stainless-steel tornado'. To some, it is beautiful and revolutionary, to some of the residents of Arles, it is neither...

10 February 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Transport

Going green; free electric vehicle charging

Many people of course already own an electric or hybrid vehicle. In December 2020, electric vehicles accounted for 19.2% of the passenger vehicle market in France. The Top 3 best selling electric cars in France in 2020 were; Renault Zoe, Peugeot E-208, Tesla 3. At Pure France for 2021 we are committed to a nationwide green campaign where electric vehicle charging will be free at all our self-catering holiday homes.

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09 February 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Culture, Tourism

Cannes Underwater Museum

A remarkable underwater museum has just opened in Cannes. It features a series of six monumental three-dimensional portraits, each over two meters in height and ten tons in weight, placed at a depth of between two and three metres. The installation is located just off the island of Sainte-Margueritte. Sainte-Margueritte is part of the Lérins Islands a group of four islands just off the coast of Cannes.


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