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More Ski Fun at Villard de Lans, French Alpes.

Villard de Lans is a commune in the Isére department in the South-Eastern Alpes of France. It is a small, but popular centre for ski-ing in winter, and hiking, and hot air ballooning in other seasons. It is especially ideal for families, and the ski-resort itself is well-equipped with extensive pistes, ideal for beginners and […]



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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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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The wonders of Lyon!

Lyon (historically spelled Lyons) is a city in east-central France in the Rhône-Alpes region, situated between Paris and Marseille. Etymologically it relates to the Celtic God Lugoves, Lugh as do Laon and Leiden. Lyon is located approximately 470 kilometres (292 miles) from Paris, 320 km (199 mi) from Marseille, 420 km (261 mi) from Strasbourg, 160 km (99 mi) from Geneva, […]



From the Roannais to Strasbourg and The Alsace. By Brian Franklin

Once again, the central position of the Roannais in the Rhône-Alpes is perfect for a fast and easy few hours drive East into another glorious part of France – the heart of the magnificent Alsace region. Strasbourg is a city in eastern France. The city has about 272,000 people. There are about 450,000 people in […]


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 […]


The Roannais to Scotland

Since the old days of Bonnie Prince Charlie the Scots have had a close and sympathetique relationship with France. In fact, they hold regular French markets during the weekends and holiday season, featuring a huge range of French produce from different regions. From our base in the Roannais near Lyon it is just a 2-hour […]


Living the French Dream arrives in the Roannais!

The first edition of Brian Franklin’s new book, ‘Living the French Dream’, has finally been printed, and delivered to the Roannais ! Now expanded to over 180 pages of images and text, with a personal story of discovery and adventure, along with a history of two amazing property renovations in the heart of the Roannais, […]


Ski in Les Deux Alpes. Easy from the Roannais. By Brian Franklin

This month (February 2013) we, and some good French friends, gathered our ski attire and equipment, and motored off to the ski resort of Les Deux Alpes, about 3+ hours drive away form our base in the Roannais. A first ever visit to a large, serious, ski resort for my family and I. It was […]


Purefrancenow in Italy!

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


Purefrancenow in Berlin – What a sight! by Brian Franklin

As Purefrancenow discovered, Berlin is one of those historical cities which has to be high on the list to visit, at least once. I went with my wife, Lucy, and our son, Ellis, and Juliane, my wife’s mother ( who was born in East Germany, and is from Prussian descent.) Juliane had never been back […]