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Venice Art Biennial is back!

Venice’s Biennial is back on for 2013, with a host of sculptures, exhibits and installations from around the world. More than 150 artists will be vying for the attention of the eager crowds. This year, ten countries are debuting at the event, including the Vatican – surprisingly – and the Bahamas, both with their own […]


Purefrancenow returns to wonderful Reggio Emelia!

More from Reggio Emelia soon! WATCH THIS SPACE!!


Purefrancenow visits romantic Verona, and stunning Lake Garda.

As we have said before, the Roannais, here in central France, is exceptionally convenient for easy access to many different places of interest. A short plane ‘hop’ (45 minutes) from Lyon to Milan, and you are amongst the wonders of Italian culture, countryside, and cuisine. We love it! Pick up a little Fiat run-around and […]


Purefrancenow in Italy!

New Blog on our recent Italian sojourn coming soon. Watch this space!


The Roannais to the Italian city of Siena by Brian Franklin

Within a day’s steady drive away from our base in the Roannais, Rhône-Alpes you can be walking through the Piazzo de Campo in the wonderful, medieval city of Siena (spelt Sienna in English) in the heart of the Chianti region of Italy. Stunning and beautiful with medieval and ancient history oozing out of its  fascinating […]


From the Roannais to Pasta, Parmesan, and Prosecco in Italy !

Once again, I have to say, it is simply easy by car to get to some beautiful parts of  France, Spain, and Italy from our base in the Roannais, Rhône-Alpes. This time, a fast auto-route with stunning, mountainous views through part of the French and Italian Alps to the north east of Lyon, straight in […]