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21 March 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Tourism, Architecture

Carcassonne New Town

Here's what to see in the 'Ville Basse' of Carcassonne. The new town of Carcassonne offers, shops, bars, restaurants and markets and the lower town (Ville Basse) or 'new town' is where you head, to return to the modern world, although there are still buildings dating back to medieval times.

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21 March 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Nature , Sports and leisure

Carcassonne lake

Visit the hidden gem that is Le lac de la Cavayère, a great family day out and an alternative to the beach. Cool off on a hot summer's day with a visit to this recreational lake only a few minutes' drive from the city. A great day trip for families enjoying a self catering holiday near Carcassonne.

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20 March 2021  |  Amélie Roca  |  Tourism, UNESCO

The Cité de Carcassonne

Step back in time in the old city of Carcassonne. Visit La Cité, the world famous walled medieval city, a UNESCO world heritage site. 'La Cité' is truly a sight to behold, with fairy-tale turrets and winding streets to explore. As well as the many restaurants and shops on offer, you can walk around the perimeter of the walls, take a horse and cart ride (great for kids!), soak up the history and enjoy the far-reaching views.

20 March 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Events

Bastille Day Fireworks Carcassonne

Join in the 14th July celebrations in Carcassonne. Hundreds of visitors flock to Carcassonne on 14th July to enjoy the spectacular Bastille Day fireworks, the biggest firework display in France. Bastille Day is a national holiday in France which 232 years ago this year, commemorates the storming of the Bastille in Paris in 1789, which started the French Revolution.

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19 March 2021  |  Nick Purchase  |  Holidays

Le Cube Part 1

Le Cube is a stunning contemporary house in the medieval hill village of Lusignac – a few kilometres from both the market town of Riberac and Auberterre, one of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France. The house is on the edge of a chalk escarpment and from the garden the land falls away to the East which affords amazing views over hundreds of hectares of surrounding countryside.

18 March 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Tourism

The Australian park in Carcassonne

Visit Carcassonne in the South of France this summer and discover the Australian world of Kangaroos and wallabies in Le Parc Australian. Leave France for an afternoon and experience Aborigine culture, throw a boomerang or play a tune on a didgeridoo! Learn all about the many native birds and animals that live in Australia.

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18 March 2021  |  Amélie Roca  |  Holidays, Pure France, Events

Easter holiday rental homes

Easter Holidays are fast approaching ! Longer days and the return of the sun. Take advantage of the holidays and rent a private holiday home with your family and friends for Easter. Pure France has a huge selection of great rental homes in fantastic locations throughout France.

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17 March 2021  |  Sandie Apthorp  |  Holidays

Finding and buying Domaine de Nérige

A once neglected wine domaine, now renovated to offer luxurious self-catering accommodation with a private pool for 12 near Carcassonne in the South of France. The discovery of this wonderful old house brought us through an epic journey to where we are today with a holiday home like no other in the Languedoc.

17 March 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Gastronomy

Radish Leaf Pesto - A Taste of Spring!

Spring is springing, well it is trying to at least. We go from shorts to jumpers within the day here at the moment. One moment we were barbecuing on the beach, basking in the sunshine, then the following day, wrapping up in winter layers and lighting the fires! This jumping around of the temperature not only confuses us but the vegetables too that are trying hard to grow despite the stop / start weather.

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16 March 2021  |  Amélie Roca  |  Nature , Pure France

The most beautiful gardens from Pure France

A tennis game? A meal in an exceptional garden? Admire the sun setting over the Mediterranean from your garden? Who doesn't dream of getting away from it all, lounging in their garden or by a swimming pool, sipping a cocktail... We present to you our selection of holiday homes with dream exteriors.

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15 March 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Restaurants

Restaurants in the seaside town of Collioure

With the many restaurants In Collioure, the cuisine is a combination of French and Spanish with some lovely local specialities. Being so close to Spain and with a strong Catalan influence you will find the cuisine in Collioure has a different feel to the rest of France.

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15 March 2021  |  Russell Secker  |  Holidays

Loft du Vigneron inside out - Part 4

Languedoc living turned inside out. Final part of our series form the owner of the Loft du Vigneron, a 3 bed holiday rental home in a wine-producing village in the Languedoc-Roussillon (now called Occitanie). The terrace is finished and the lovely ambience and views can be enjoyed!

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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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