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02 March 2021  |  Russell Secker  |  Holidays

Loft du Vigneron inside out - Part 2

Creating a beautiful outdoor living space. The next instalment from owner of Loft du Vigneron on creating the wonder terrace at his holiday rental village house in the Languedoc. The stunning terrace of the Loft du Vigneron was the perfect place to create a beautiful outdoor living space in which to relax and slip down a gear or two.

01 March 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Culture

The Magic Roundabout / Le Manège Enchanté

The story of the short animated TV series which became famous both in France and the UK. Created by Serge Danot, Le Manège Enchanté first appeared on French TV screens in 1965. At the same time, across the channel, it became a children's favourite known as The Magic Roundabout.

28 February 2021  |  Virginie Erre  |  Culture

Goodbye First Love - a film by Mia Hansen-Løve

Goodbye First Love is a film by Mia Hansen-Løve released in 2011. "15-year-old Camille and 19-year-old Sullivan are mad about each other, but at the end of the summer, Sullivan leaves to go traveling for a year. After a few months later, he stops writing to Camille and she attempts suicide. Four years later, Camille is devoted to her architecture studies. She meets a famous architect, Lorenz, with whom she falls in love. That's when she crosses paths with Sullivan again…. " A must-see movie.

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28 February 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Tourism

Pure France - leading agency based in France for quality holiday rental homes

It seems a long time ago. 20 years ago, Pure France started its journey into quality holiday rentals. Previously a series of separate regional sites, founders and dedicated francophiles, Dan Jones and Hugh Atkins brought everything together under one roof in 2002 and launched Pure France - now the leading independent rental agency for high-end holiday homes throughout France.

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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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27 February 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Home, Indoors and Outdoors

Johnny Depp - Provençal village for sale

Leading Hollywood actor, Johnny Depp is looking once again to sell his small French village. Located just outside Le Plan de la Tour, 25 kms from Saint Tropez, Depp bought the village in the early 2000s and spent millions renovating the buildings. The village includes a main house, six guest homes, a private restaurant, and an art studio. There are also two swimming pools, a square, a skate park, a full gym, and a wine cave. Find out here how much you need to buy it...

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26 February 2021  |  Virginie Erre  |  Culture

The Bathers by Paul Cezanne

The Bathers by Paul Cezanne was painted at the turn of the 20th century. Cezanne was one of the leading impressionist artists. This paintings links man to nature - the bodies are depicted together to blend in with nature and become one. The picture also represents the transition to modern art, heralding Cubism.

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26 February 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Tourism

Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes

A spectacular 5 km walk round the southern-most tip of the extraordinarily beautiful peninsula of Cap d'Antibes. Take a break from the chic boutiques, the busy cafés and the luxury properties and superyachts - discover the wonders of natural beauty on this unspoiled coastal path.

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25 February 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Holidays, Tourism

Bergerac, Monpazier and Monflanquin

Bergerac and the surrounding region is an ideal holiday destination set in the heart of Périgord countryside. Bergerac is a fabulous town itself to discover with a medieval heart with a beautiful river-front and winding streets with excellent restaurants. Venture out to two examples of the best preserved bastide towns in the region, Monpazier and Monflanquin.

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25 February 2021  |  Russell Secker  |  Holidays

Loft du Vigneron inside out - Part 1

Creating the Loft du Vigneron. The owner of Loft du Vigeron shares his story of the trials and tribulations of renovating this beautiful holiday rental village house in the South of France. How to create a beautiful outdoor space and interior with a touch of glamour.

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24 February 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Wedding planner

The Big Day. International wedding photographer, Daniel Killoran

"Anyone can take a picture, the art is to capture a moment and to see what no one else sees." Daniel Killoran is one of the best wedding photographers in the business. Fluent in three languages, he spends his work and leisure time between France, Italy and the UK. With access to some of the most spectacular wedding venues in France, here's an insight into his work.

23 February 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Culture

The Bic pen - an uncelebrated French design classic

On every desk in every school, university or workplace. In your coat pocket, somewhere in the car or in a kitchen drawer there is a familiar pen, made by Bic. Its one of France’s most uncelebrated design classics. Manufactured in Clichy, Hauts-de-Seine, France, the world's favourite pen reached a landmark in 2006 when sales reached 1 billion. Find out here why there is a hole in the cap...and more.

23 February 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Culture

Françoise Sagan

‘Aimless people who are involved in tangled, often amoral relationships.’ These are the international best selling stories of one of France’s most celebrated authors. Discover here the life and works of Françoise Sagan. Are they a true reflection of real French life ?

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21 February 2021  |  Virginie Erre  |  Home, Indoors and Outdoors

La Maison Pierre Frey

Maison Pierre Frey is famous throughout France for its high quality interior-design products such as wallpaper, upholstery, rugs, carpets and high-end furniture. Created in 1935, Maison Pierre Frey continues today running as a family business. Find out more in this article...

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20 February 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Tourism

The Louvre

As an ancient royal residence, the Louvre is inextricably linked to eight centuries of French history. Designed in 1793 as a universal museum, its collection, among the best in the world, spans many millennia and miles, from the Americas to Asia. Over 38,000 artworks are grouped into eight curatorial departments, including universally-admired works such as The Mona Lisa, The Winged Victory of Samothrace, and the Venus de Milo.

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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.

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18 February 2021  |  Virginie Erre  |  Wedding planner

Ceraphine Events for weddings and other celebrations

Céraphine Events are wedding planners based in the Pyrénées Orientales. The friendly and professional team will look after all your requirements: weddings, baptisms, birthdays, specialevents. The wedding designer will assist and advise in the design of your event and the wedding planner manages all aspects including the specialised service providers. Ensuring your special time runs smoothly.

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18 February 2021  |  Amélie Roca  |  Holidays, Tourism, Culture

Discover Biarritz

What are the must-sees in and around Biarritz, on the Atlantic Coast of France ? Here you will find all the best activities and sites in this beautiful part of France. Rich in its architectural heritage and its history, there is plenty to discover for your family holiday in and around Biarritz.

17 February 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Culture

Françoise Dorléac

Everyone knows Catherine Deneuve, the icon of French and international cinema. But less is known about her sister, Françoise Dorléac. Françoise was actually the first of the two sisters to become a star - she first modelled for Chritian Dior and then made a number of films before her tragic death in 1967.

16 February 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Tourism, Architecture, UNESCO

Arles and The Luma Tower

The classical architecture of the Provençal town of Arles has recently been challenged by something quite extraordinary - a contemporary 56 metre tower that dominates the skyline and resembles what has been called 'a stainless-steel tornado'. To some, it is beautiful and revolutionary, to some of the residents of Arles, it is neither...


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