Transport

Come with us on a trip to discover transportation in France. Learn about the historic ‘Train Bleu’ - the historic night express train taking holiday-makers from Calais to the French Riviera, the classic Citroen DS car revered by de Gaulle and voted the most beautiful car of all time, the architectual complexity of the Transbordeur in Rochefort and the bicycle in Jacques Tati’s famous film, ‘Jour de Fête. Transport news and much more.
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19 October 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Transport

The first French motorway

The first section of the first French motorway, the A 13 was completed in 1941. The free motorway network grew until it became chargeable on July 9, 1960. On July 1, 1961, the first toll motorway was inaugurated in France, this is the Estérel-Côte d'Azur motorway.

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03 October 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Culture, Made in France, Transport

Made in France; Renault Alpine

Alpine is a French automobile manufacturer, owned by the Renault group. The company was created in Dieppe, in Normandy, in 1955 by Jean Rédélé, at the time Renault dealer. He made a remarkable breakthrough in the sports automobile sector. Seventeen years after the end of production of the last Alpine model, Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Renault, announced on November 5, 2012 the rebirth of Alpine2.

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29 March 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Events, Tourism, Transport

24 Hours of Le Mans 2021

Come and be part of the 89th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans which takes place between the 21st and 22nd August 2021, at the Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Mans, France. The 24 Hours of Le Mans race is one of the oldest in the world, with the first annual race beginning in 1923. Its famously titled as the 'Grand Prix of Endurance and Efficiency'.

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26 March 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Events, Tourism, Transport

F1 Monaco Grand Prix 2021

Visit Monaco this summer between 20th May - 23rd May 2021 and experience the adrenaline, the sights and the sounds of the 79th Formula 1 Grand Prix in Monaco. The Monaco Grand Prix is an exceptional location of glamour and prestige with its circuit of 3.337 km and a total distance raced of 260.286 km over 78 laps.

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10 March 2021  |  Virginie Erre  |  Holidays, Tourism, Transport

Hot air balloon flights in Provence

Treat yourself to Provence seen from the sky in a hot air balloon. More than a trip, feel the soul of an adventurer during the time of Jules Vernes. The base is near the pretty village of Forcalquier, in the Alpes-de-Hautes-Provence department. Allow 3 hours which includes the preparations, take-off, flight, landing and toast of the balloonists.

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07 March 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Transport, Culture

A Rare Discovery

A chance conversation led to a rare discovery last month of a classic Citroen H van - found abandoned after 15 years in a old barn in a small wine-producing town among the vineyards north of Béziers in Occitanie. Here's the story of an eye-witness account of what happened.

04 March 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Transport, Tourism

Le Train Bleu; Paris to Menton

As tourism to the south of France gained popularity towards the end of the 19th century, a train service was introduced for the wealthy and famous travellers taking them from Calais to Paris and onwards to the final town on the Cote d'Azur before the Italian border, Menton. Here's the story of Le Train Beu.

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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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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.

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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