The Magic Roundabout

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.

Provence holiday home with private pool

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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.

Un amour de jeunesse

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.

Autonauts of the Cosmoroute

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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.

Johnny Depp Provençal village

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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...

Cyrano de Bergerac

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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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