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On sunny Wednesdays (and there are many of those in Uzés), wedged in between the honey making nuns and the olive farmer, Mr. Bruguier sells the wine from his family estate on the market square. He greets his customers like old friends and makes us feel like we're important wine merchants instead of mere tourist buying his stuff only one bottle at the time. He has been coming here all his life as did generations of his family before him. The market in Uzés has been bustling with business for more than a thousand years. The ancestors of the duke that lives in the palace just around the corner have been there just as long. Uzés is located at the spot where the regions of Provence, Ardeche and Languedoc-Roussillon meet. The climate it mild and sunny. Summers are hot and dry and smell of lavender and rosemary. Visiting Uzés is like savoring a good wine: it is done slowly and with the use of all our senses, to never be forgotten after.
Every Saturday, the streets of Uzes, France come alive with one of the largest street markets in southern France. While my wife and a couple friends browsed the endless stalls I went exploring. In a quiet corner away from the shopping crowd I found this small sidewalk cafe. It was a perfect place for relaxing peacefully with a cup of coffee and a good read.
If you like historical structures or great engineering feats, the Pont du Gard is a must see. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this ancient viaduct is in excellent condition. The site is set up like a park and visitors can walk over, or swim under it. There is a small museum and the type of place where you can spend 30 minutes or a few hours. The size of the structure and it's history was truly awe-inspiring. This ancient Roman viaduct was constructed somewhere between 40-60 AD and is apart of the Nîmes aqueduct system. We were on a road trip through southern France and this was definitely a highlight to our trip. Very easy to park your car, walk around, learn about the history and take some photos.
A perfectly preserved Roman aqueduct, built in the 1st-century, with 4-6 tons of stone, supplied 9 million gallons of water daily, along a 31-mile system of canals, to Nimes.
La Maison d’Ulysse is a historic homestay in the Gard region of southern France. Owners Guy and Gauthier have laboured over this fortified farmhouse with love (once home to Ulysse Dumas) – one look at the blooming grounds, a taste of the garden-grown fruit and a glance at the elegant jumble of art and you'll be in love, too.Ramble the garden and seek out the tombstone of the farmhouse's famous former resident, poet Ulysse Dumas. Other members of his family are also buried here, from a time when Protestants were buried in their homes, rather than among Catholics in regular cemeterys. The gardens are also home to salvaged benches from the train station in Marseille.
This boutique hotel in Nîmes is a tranquil oasis, secluded and yet set in the heart of the town. From the songbirds in the walled garden and the paraphernalia carefully placed in the communal areas to the individual styling of the bedrooms, every detail of Jardins Secrets has been considered to create a romantic atmosphere.Classicists and Roman architecture enthusiasts will be in their element. Nîmes is littered with relics and ruins from the empire’s glory days, such as the amphitheatre, the Maison Carré temple, and the awe-evoking Pont du Gard, a drive out of town. Fashion-trivialists will already know how the city’s signature fabric, serge de Nîmes, gave its name to a certain workwear fabric…Classicists and Roman architecture enthusiasts will be in their element. Nîmes is littered with relics and ruins from the empire’s glory days, such as the amphitheatre, the Maison Carrée temple, and the awe-evoking Pont du Gard, a drive out of town. Fashion boffins will already know that the city’s signature fabric, serge de Nîmes, gave its name to a certain workwear fabric.
Both our kids learnt this song in their Montessori class - well - one of their teacher's was French. A very cute song and ever since we became familiar with it we were itching to visit the bridge in Avignon. During our trip to Provence it was the first stop we made. The bridge itself is very old - dating back to the 15th century and it spans the Rhone just outside the old city of Avignon, and opposite the Palais des Papes. It was a chilly March and the Rhone was placid - but we were so excited to walk on the bridge - which is now only half its original span - that my wife and younger daughter broke out into a dance on what was left of Pont d'Avignon...because the song goes like this.. Sur le Pont d’Avignon L'on y danse, l'on y danse Sur le Pont d’Avignon L'on y danse tous en rond translated to On the bridge of Avignon We all dance there, we all dance there On the bridge of Avignon We all dance there in a ring
Escape the hot, rabbit-warren of medieval streets in Avignon for the cool and shady oasis of Rocher des Doms. The park is a popular spot for families to relax and offers stunning views over the town of Avignon. It is also an easy access point for the Palais des Papes and the Pont St Benezet. This was my favourite discovery in Avignon.
We spent two weeks in Provence this July with our kids and grand kids. It was great family time – visiting little villages, lounging around a pool, visiting the Festival in Avignon. But as a grandparent, the highlight of almost every day (and the days we're hot) was taking my 4 year-old grandson, Wyatt, for ice cream. This photo was taken our very last day in Provence. By mistake, Wyatt ended up with his mother's double adult-size scoop of raspberry and he was trying to eat it all before it melted. All things considered, I'd say he did just what any kid would do – get it all over his face! It's one of my very favorite memories of our trip.
We spent the majority of our time in Avignon marveling at Place du Palais, a UNESCO World Heritage Site complex made up of the Cathédrale Notre-Dame des Doms d’Avignon, the Palais des Papes (Pope’s Palace), and Pont Saint Bénézet. These are the attractions that lure tourists behind the walls of this ancient city.
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