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Neighborhood Views in Uzes

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Many sights around the neighborhood in Uzes have been building up in my camera. It’s time to share.

As you would imagine, there are many narrow streets with ancient buildings all around Uzes. From my apartment, heading to the main street, here are just some of the alleyways and sights along the way.

Now that there are fewer and fewer tourists in town, some shops are closing, but mostly, people are staying indoors.


UzesCafes and bars along the main street are being taken over by the regular crowd again.

Anytime’s a good time to sit and enjoy a glass of wine, beer, pastis… and a smoke.

UzesLots of people in Uzes smoke cigarettes in and out of the bars and restaurants. A popular smoking habit is to roll your own cigarettes from tobacco in cans that is readily available at the neighborhood Tabac stores.


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Christophe, the bar owner, is learning to speak a little English and loves to joke with me when I show up in the afternoons.















Along the main street

A centerpiece in town is the fountain with the magnificent statue of a maiden pouring water from a pottery vessel. This time of year she is adorned with a pink cape to signify the time for residents to donate to local blood banks.

A centerpiece in town is the fountain with a magnificent statue of a maiden. Currently she is adorned in purple robes, a sign that is is time for residents to donate to the blood banks. Uzes


Sunday afternoon at Place des Herbes

With the crowds gone now, Uzesthe Place des Herbes is quiet and picturesque in an entirely new way. Even though there are not as many people around, there is almost always live music playing. This last Sunday, a group of musicians joined with friends for lunch and entertained everyone who was within hearing distance.


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My view from the tower

Many of you have asked how I’m getting along2013-10-25 09.14.33 living so close to the town’s bell tower. Let’s just say, it’s really close.

The bell rings one strike for every hour. Then it rings again five minutes later. Don’t ask me why! Then it rings one strike at the half hour. This goes on everyday from seven in the morning until ten at night. Actually, it doesn’t bother me at all. It’s a pleasant sound.

These photos show the view from my apartment if you are standing in my rooftop terrace. The Palace of the Duche is straight ahead, the bell tower to the left, and behind and over the roof is the dome to my own little tower!


The bell tower

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This is my tower! For real! In my apartment you can walk to what would be the 6th floor and see the inside of the dome.


Next time: On the road!

Sally’s ready to ride!


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