© Station Péage

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.

© Sarlat

18 October 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Culture

Sarlat Film Festival 2021

The 30th edition of the Sarlat Film Festival runs from November 9 to 13, 2021. The Sarlat Film Festival is one of the major festivals of the French cinematographic calendar. It is a festival well known to film personalities who come each year to present their films; the streets of Sarlat have hosted some of the greatest French directors and actors of the past twenty years.

17 October 2021  |  Amélie Roca  |  Events

Apple festival

During the fall season, the Apple Festival brings together producers and artisans in many French villages. In all its forms, you will find stands, fairs, events, product sales, all of this around the humble apple. On Sunday October 10, the apple festival took place in the village of Aigues-Vive.

16 October 2021  |  Amélie Roca  |  Events

Halloween - 31 October

Halloween is initially a Celtic celebration of Irish origin: the Celtic New Year! About 3,000 years ago, the Celtic calendar did not end on December 31, but on October 31. It's time to decorate your house, your garden and get together with your family to enjoy a pumpkin pie and other sweets.

© Pic du Tarbésou

15 October 2021  |  Amélie Roca  |  Nature

Pic du Tarbésou, a family hike

A breathtaking hike! This hike located in Occitanie is one of the most beautiful in the Ariège. Easily accessible, the peak can be accessible to the more experienced, but also to families. There are different routes, including a loop, however the duration is longer.

© Eiffel

14 October 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Culture, Architecture

Coming soon - new film, 'Eiffel'

Coming soon - a new fim by director Martin Bourboulon; 'Eiffel'. What if Gustave Eiffel had built his A-shaped tower as a declaration to Adrienne, the impossible love of his life? It is on the basis of this romantic hypothesis that Martin Bourboulon took in hand the crazy project of the French film of the year. Mark your calendars: Eiffel will be launched in theatres on October 13

© Serre Moi Fort

10 October 2021  |  Virginie Erre  |  Culture

Serre Moi Fort - a film by Mathieu Amalric

Serre Moi Fort (Hold Me Tight) is the eighth feature film from director Mathieu Amalric. It was presented at the Cannes film festival. Adapted from the play "Je reviens de loin" by Claudine Galea. A woman one day simply walks out on her family. Or does she?

© M. Huynh

09 October 2021  |  Amélie Roca  |  Tourism

Toulouse - The City of Space

Discovering space and the wonders of the universe has never been easier. Films, tours, exhibitions, discover a more than fascinating universe. The city of space is a center of scientific culture oriented towards space and the conquest of space, devoted as much to astronomy as to astronautics.

© Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0

08 October 2021  |  Virginie Erre  |  Culture

Pierre Soulages - artist

Pierre Soulages, French painter from Rodez is known the world over. His work is characterised by its black monochromes. But why the black, which the painter calls 'Outrenoir' ? Find out more about the the painter and his works.

©Bernardg

07 October 2021  |  Virginie Erre  |  Houses For Sale, Pure France, Tourism

Monflanquin - a medieval, Tuscan-style village

Monflanquin, 'little Tuscany' with medieval charm. Monflanquin is a hilltop bastide village built by Alphonse de Poitiers in 1256. The village welcomes artists in residence all year round and organizes exhibitions such as the book fair, a photography festival, baroque evenings, etc ... In terms of gastronomy, Monflanquin promotes local produce and benefits from the "Terroir Bio Engagé" label. Here's a fabulous PureFrance house for sale in Monflanquin.

06 October 2021  |  Amélie Roca  |  Holidays

Autumn Is Here !

Autumn marks the end of summer, temperatures drop and the days get shorter. In order to break the routine, why not take advantage of the little pleasures offered by the beautiful Autumn season. Here are some ideas to occupy your weekends and holidays.

© Air France

04 October 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Culture, Made in France

Made in France; Air France; a history of uniforms

The first commercial air hostess uniforms in the 1930s resembled nurses' uniforms. They were designed to reassure customers embarking on voyages on the then still relatively new mode of transport. Later, the uniforms borrowed motifs from the military and cruise liners. Over the years, the uniforms of Air France have been a constant symbol of French elegance.

© Renault Alpine Dieppe

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.

© Nathan Paulin

01 October 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Events

Highwire Walk From The Eiffel Tower

Nathan Paulin from the Haute Savoie is a daredevil, highwire walker. He currently holds ten world records and has just completed an amazing slackwire walk 600 metres above ground from The Eiffel Tower to a Trocadero Square skyscraper.

© Moustiers.fr

30 September 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Tourism

Moustiers-Sainte-Marie

Moustiers-Sainte-Marie is a commune in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. In 2017, it had a population of 709. It is considered one of the "most beautiful villages of France". Discover the town and a beautiful Pure France holiday rental home.

© Bateau Rocher

29 September 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Culture

The 'Rock Boat'

A rock boat off the coast of Marseille has recently been surprising tourists and locals alike. “The Invisible” is a totally man-made floating rock of 4.30 meters. A trompe-l'oeil larger than life imagined by Julien Berthier. Suddenly, the rock starts to move ... and accelerates to a considerable speed...

© Les Amours d'Anaïs

28 September 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Culture

New film; Les Amours d'Anaïs

New film, in cinemas now, Les Amours d'Anaïs. The film follows Anaïs, a 30-year old woman who is broke and has a lover she doesn't think she loves anymore. She meets Daniel, who immediately falls for her. But Daniel lives with Emilie - whom Anaïs also falls for.

© PuyDuFou

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.

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

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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