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14 March 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Architecture, Tourism, UNESCO

Arena of Nîmes

Step back in time at the Arènes de Nîmes and you will be transported back to Roman times when you step into its preserved amphitheatre, built around AD 70. Nîmes amphitheatre is a wonderful place to visit and recommended is the audio tour to get the most out of the visit and to learn more about the arena's gory and fascinating past.

14 March 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Tourism

Toulouse-Lautrec museum

Come and explore the world famous Toulouse-Lautrec museum in Albi this summer. Discover the art of the famous painter, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Take a visual trip back in time to 19th century Paris, Montmartre and the world of French theatre. Walk through the exhibitions held in the Palatiale room with its terracotta floor tiles, The De la Croix room and the Amboise gallery with its eye-catching excavated 15th century ceiling in the shape of a upside-down boat hull.

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13 March 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Architecture, Tourism

The Millau Viaduct

Visit the tallest road bridge in the world, with the bridge's road towering 890 feet over the Tarn river, this is a true feat of engineering and an impressive sight. The Millau viaduct, or Millau bridge, spans 2.46 kilometres across the Tarn river and valley. Constructed between 2001 and 2004 with one of its masts 343 metres (1,125 feet) high, makes it 19 meters taller than the Eiffel Tower. It is a major tourist attraction in the Northern Occitanie (formerly Languedoc-Roussillon) region.

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12 March 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Tourism

Château d'Ussé in the Loire Valley

Discover Château d'Ussé, a fairytale castle in the Loire Valley with its gardens, stables and Sainte-Anne D’Ussé’s chapel. Château d'Ussé has been a home for more than two centuries for the Vauban's, Perrault's, Chateaubriand's and the current owner, the 7th Duc of Blacas.

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12 March 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Sports and leisure

Beach time on Portiragne Plage!

Come visit Portiragne Plage and 'Le Surfing beach bar' this summer. Since 1999, Alex and Sandy have been operating 'Le Surfing Beach Bar' at Boulevard du Front de Mer, Portiragnes Plage for the beach loving holiday maker. 'Le Surfing Beach Bar' offers visitors; food and drinks, sun bed hire, paddle and windsurf activities.

12 March 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Culture

Paul Éluard, Picasso, Poésie, Poésy et Paris

Paul Éluard, Picasso, Poésie, Poésy et Paris. A story of the most gifted French surrealist poets, his continued infatuation with his Russian girlfriend and wife, Gala. Their association with Pablo Picasso and Salavador Dali, and an emotional recital of of a love letter by Clémence Poésy from the Isle de France in Paris.

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11 March 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Sports and leisure

The Bike Butler on the Côte d’Azur

Here’s a great new idea for anyone staying on the Côte d’Azur near Cannes, Valbonne or Grasse. "The Bike Butler" is a fantastic new company renting premium road bikes. With free delivery to your door! These are premium Bianchi bikes and the rental (daily, weekly, monthly) includes free delivery, helmets, pedals, locks, water bottles, saddle bag and half or full day guiding.

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11 March 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Tourism

The Fort de Salses in Pyrénées-Orientales

Discover the Fort de Salses its rich history, living quarters, battlements and keep, set between Etangs de Salses and the Corbières. A red-brick fortress of masterpiece of military architecture, constructed to guard the French / Spanish border, open for guided or unaccompanied tours.

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10 March 2021  |  Amélie Roca  |  Architecture, Holidays, Tourism

The Most Beautiful Villages In France

Come and discover The Most Beautiful Villages In France. 'Les Plus Beaux Villages De France' is an official association which awards the title to villages throughout France based on several criteria. There are currently 159 villages which hold the title - located between the sea and the mountains, rich with their heritage, architecture, culture and gastronomy.

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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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09 March 2021  |  Russell Secker  |  Holidays

Loft du Vigneron inside out - Part 3

The naked stone restorer. Part 3 of our series from the owner of popular holiday rental villa in the South of France, Loft du Vigneron. Choosing the upholstery to complement the natural. A few candles flickering in the evening breeze add a frisson of romance to the evening.

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08 March 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Architecture, Holidays

Stairways to French holiday heaven

Stunning staircases in your dream holiday home. We are proud to offer a unique and interesting selection of vacation rental properties with wonderful architecture and interior design. See our selection of stunning staircases. At Pure France, we aim to offer properties which are extra special with individual style and charm.

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08 March 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Home, Indoors and Outdoors, Holidays

My favourite tunes beside the swimming pool

Its 'SWELL' - Summer is here, the sun is shining and it's time for a vacation. You've chosen your favourite holiday home in France with a private pool. Next its time to choose the best ways to listen to your favourite music whilst you relax in the sunshine beside the swimming pool. Take 'SWELL' with you on holiday and listen to your favorite tunes on-the-go!

07 March 2021  |  Virginie Erre  |  Culture

French Fried Vacation - a cult French comedy classic

'French Fried Vacation 2' ('Les Bronzés Font Du Ski') is a 1979 film directed by Patrice Leconte written reuniting the cast of a previous film with eight friends who met on holiday in the Ivory Coast. The film has become a classic in France with a huge cult following. A great film to watch while the ski resorts remain closed !

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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.

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06 March 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Wines, Gastronomy

Tutored Wine and Tapas Tasting in the Corbières

Learn about the wines, gastronomy, culture and history from the comfort of your holiday home. Experience a Tutored Tapas Tasting with Emma Kershaw of La Maison du Rire, the wine and food school in the Corbières, and learn about the wines, gastronomy, culture and history of this fantastically diverse region in the comfort of your holiday home.

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05 March 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Architecture, Holidays

The Bubble Palace

It’s one of the most extraordinary pieces of architecture in the world. Situated on a hilltop on the Cote d’Azur with far-reaching views over the Mediterranean, Pierre Cardin’s famous ‘Bubble Palace’ could be yours. It’s up for sale. Find out more about this unique property and how much you will need if you may be interested in buying...

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05 March 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Culture, Gastronomy

Le Creuset - Classic french cookware

For the most famous chefs in the world and for amateur cooks at home, Le Creuset cookware has become a classic brand of quality. A style icon, Le Creuset is known for its coloufully enamelled cast iron and has become a staple for all kitchens in France and throughout the world.

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05 March 2021  |  Lucy Binns  |  Holidays

Manoir de Saux, a long history

Manoir de Saux has been around for a long time, Just how long is difficult to know. It stands directly on the area's white limestone bedrock, while a superficial survey of its structure suggests that in its time, it has been at least three dwellings.

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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04 March 2021  |  Virginie Erre  |  Yoga, Wellness

Amazing yoga retreat in Corsica with Patrick Frapeau

For lovers of yoga and nature... Reserve your place from today for Patrick Frapeau's YogaRetreat in Corsica which runs from August 30th until September 4th 2021. An unforgettable experience in a beautiful nature reserve next to the sea. And a special privilege to have as your instructor, Patrick Frapeau. Why not extend your stay in one of Pure France's fabulous Corsican holiday rental homes.

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03 March 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Tourism

Brantôme Abbey

Take a trip to Brantôme and visit the Benedictine Abbey complete with troglodyte caves. Brantôme Abbey has history back to the 8th century, it has been rebuilt and restored over the centuries with the latest incarnation being built in the late 19th century.

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03 March 2021  |  Amélie Roca  |  Tourism

The 9 must-see places in Collioure

Beautiful days are fast approaching so why not discover Collioure, a pretty Mediterranean town on the Côte Vermeille in the Pyrénées-Orientales. The first thing to do is to stroll through the heart of the town to discover its pretty colourful streets. A sun-drenched city, full of flowers and colours, where you will find original houses, craft shops and art workshops.


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