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  …but we have brilliant memories that will keep our spirits high into the golden vistas of Autumn, and the snowy chills of the Winter month’s ahead!!   SUMMER’S GONE My heart has left me in the cold The warmth of sunshine on my back is just a memory ago. I hung on your every […]


Summer in Rousillon

This French Life!

This French Life Great news, reports, and information about Living Life the French Way at:   France offers invitation to Iranian president for a Paris visit An invitation has been delivered to Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, to visit Paris in November, a gesture that follows this month’s historic nuclear deal. .@LaurentFabius: President of #France, […]



Pure France Now in partnership with Val Lachard.

  Pure France Now are now in partnership with Le Val Lachard to promote 2015-2016 winter and summer holidays in Villards de Lans in the the southern French Alpes Simply, Le Val Lachard  guest house apartments meet your needs completely, whether for a family stay, ski-group, or couple. The apartment premises are cleverly adapatable to […]


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Critérium du Dauphiné – June 2015

The Critérium du Dauphiné (UCI World Tour Stage Race) is being staged during June. (7-14 June 2015.) Luckily it is once again visiting the Roannais region, and our home-base, Perreux. Starting in Roanne and finishing in Montagny. We’ll be watching it as it finishes this 3rd stage of a great precursor race to the Tour de […]



Women’s Roannais International Basketball – Great Britain v France.

During this May a series of women’s international basketball competitions were held in the Rhône-Alpes. And Roanne, in the Roannais, hosted Serbia versus Slovakia and Great Britain versus France at the Halle Vacheresse, home to the famous Men’s Roanne Chorale Basketball Team. Brilliant performances by all teams, even though the GB Team lost a close […]



The Louvre-Lens Art Museum – A gem of a place!

The Musèe de Louvre -Lens, less than 2 hours drive from Calais is an amazing architectural building with a continuing rotation of artworks and special themed exhibitions. If you like art and history, this place is most definitely a ‘must visit’. The Louvre-Lens is an art museum located in Lens, Pas-de-Calais, Northern France, approximately 200 […]



Guédelon: History in the Making!

An amazing place to visit in the heart of Burgundy – only a couple of hours drive from the Roannais! In the heart of Puisaye, in Yonne, Burgundy, a team of fifty people have taken on an extraordinary feat: to build a castle using the same techniques and materials used in the Middle Ages. The […]



Pralus Easter!

  Pure Easter, Passion, Paradise, Pure Pralus! Pralus offers an extensive high quality range of chocolate products for all occasions. François Pralus is an exceptional Master Chocolate Maker because he is one of the few in France to manufacture his own chocolate. Today almost 100 tons of Pralus Chocolate are manufactured and sold each year. François […]



International Festival of Animation in Roanne.

  The 6th International Festival of Animation was held in Roanne during March 2015. 11,800 spectators saw an amazing programme of 170 films during the month. 40 countries were represented with over 60 hours of different, highly creative and original animations. A brilliant event for all the family. Not to be missed for next year! […]


6th Festival Animation 2015

Le Val Lachard: A breathtakingly beautiful escape in the French Alps! By Brian Franklin.

A visit to Villard-de-Lans in early March this year for a few days skiing at the local ski resort, revealed an absolute gem. After a bit of a search for somewhere to stay in the Alps for some decent snow, and reasonably-priced quality accommodation, I discovered Le Val Lachard – an ‘Apartment-Style’ Guest House with […]


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Museum of Fine Arts in Lyon.

The Museum of Fine Arts is one of the largest French and European museums. Located in the heart of Lyon, between the Rhône and Saône rivers, it is situated in a magnificent building dating from the 17th century. The collections are exhibited in over 70 rooms and offer visitors an outstanding sample of art from […]



Grand Café Des Négociants Lyon.

  Built in 1864, the Grand Café des Négociants with its warm Second Empire decor is part of Lyon’s history. This is a place where diamond and silk merchants as well as wholesale butchers traded their wares (using the many mirrors hanging in the main room to communicate secretly using sign language) and politicians, artists […]


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