Thursday, April 19, 2012

#Uzès one of the loveliest #villages in #Southern #France

Uzès is one of my favourite villages in Southern France.

Uzès has everything you imagine when you think "village in Provence". Amazing Wednesday and Saturday markets, medieval houses, good restaurants, amazing ice-cream (the best lavender ice-cream in France... see earlier blog), cute centre ville, churches, excellent live music at the markets... the list goes on.

Uzès lies at the source of the Eure, from where a Roman aqueduct was built in the first century BC, to supply water to the local city of Nimes, 25KM away. The most famous stretch of the aqueduct is the Pont du Gard, which carried fresh water over splendid arches across the river Gardon.

Uzès has a cathedral boasting a beautiful organ on the inside and an Italianate fenestrelle tower on the outside. There are many small and narrow medieval streets lined with private masions from the XVII and XVIII century, there are Renaissance facades, a medieval garden and the trace of the medieval walls as a circuit of boulevards.

The Place aux Herbes, the main square, has a large fountain (although mainly overgrown), and shaded by plane trees. The square is surrounded by medieval houses with arcades. This is an excellent place to people watch, enjoy an ice-cream in the afternoon or a glass of rosé in the early evening with a delicious meal.

Our family has spent many days and evenings exploring the city. We have enjoyed buying the local produce at the market, as well as soap, linen and delicious baked goods from the stalls. The truffle oil is "heavenly" purchased at the local truffle store Maison de la Truffle. Mini-Lili has danced to jazz bands, saxophonists and classical violinists that are found playing in the corners of streets. We try to eat dinners at one of the restaurants situated at Place aux Herbes. Mini-Lili can run out into the square and play with other children after she eats her dinner. We can continue our leisurely meal and enjoy our wine.

We have discovered horses in the forest below Boulevard Victor Hugo. It was a beautiful nature hike peppered with blackberries to snack on.

I am looking forward to visitingUzès again this summer.This villages is well worth a visit. 

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