© 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.

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.

© Pixabay

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.

© Noilly Prat

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.

© Édouard Béliard

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.

© Marie Marie

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.

© Bac Nord

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.

© Belmondo

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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