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24 September 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Houses For Sale

House for sale; Lot-et-Garonne

Country house for sale, new to the market in Lot-et-Garonne. - Traditional, country home with lawned garden - Four bedrooms - Fully renovated to a high standard - Private pool 9.5m x 4.5m - Close to amenities, midway between Toulouse and Bordeaux

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.

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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.

21 September 2021  |  Virginie Erre  |  Bakeries, Patisseries

Almond Fig Tart

It's fig season so let's make the most of it ! The almond fig tart is easy to cook and will be loved by young and old. To be enjoyed for dessert or at tea time, it will delight your guests. Don't forget to buy good products, fresh smooth figs.

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17 September 2021  |  Amélie Roca  |  Culture, Events

European Heritage Days

On September 18 and 19, the 38th edition of European Heritage Days (Les Journées du Patrimoine) will take place. Discover the European Heritage Days in each French department: Corsica, Pays de la Loire, Occitanie, Provence.

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16 September 2021  |  Amélie Roca  |  Nature , Drinks

Harvest time has come

We are in September and who says September says: harvest period. It is during this period that the winegrowers harvest the grapes from their vines to make their wine production. By hand or by machine, the harvest period is generally between the end of August and October, depending on the region.

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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.

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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.

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09 September 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Culture

Marie-Marie and Serge Gainsbourg - a new book

Marie-Marie and Serge Gainsbourg - a new book. For three years, she was his secret affair. In "Il Etait Une Oie", the anonymous Marie-Marie recounts her secret affair with the generous and egocentric Serge Gainsbourg. This is the story of their love affair.

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07 September 2021  |  Amélie Roca  |  Culture

Bac Nord - a new film set in Marseille

Here's a new film, recently shown at the Cannes Film Festival in July. The northern districts of Marseille hold a sad record: the area with the highest crime rate in France. Driven by its hierarchy, the BAC Nord, a field brigade, constantly seeks to improve its results. In a high-risk sector, the cops adapt their methods, sometimes crossing the yellow line. Until the day the justice system turns against them.

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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.

06 September 2021  |  Amélie Roca  |  Tourism

Thiers, world capital of cutlery

The cutlery capital of the world is here! Why? Because Thiers is the city where there are the most cutlers who have been practicing their profession for several generations. In Thiers, more than 70% of French sharps are manufactured.

04 September 2021  |  Amélie Roca  |  Gastronomy, Restaurants, Tourism

The history of Lyon corks

You will recognize them among all the other restaurants, you will see wooden tables, with red checkered tablecloths, in which we taste traditional dishes often made from pork. Like any other specialty, the Lyon cork has an origin, which we are going to discover.

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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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