You don’t know how many times the Barefoot Blogger has to pinch herself to believe she is really living in France. It’s more than a dream come true. It’s pure heaven.
It’s not fair to brag about what a good time I’m having, but … just saying. Take a look at this past week. There was the Feria in Nimes; a cooking class with a French chef; wine tasting; Blanche Nuit with music and art; and a town-wide brocante. Throw in dinners and shopping with friends and tell me what there’s not to love about France!
The September Feria in Nimes is a 3-day party with celebrations all around the town for young and old. The tradition of the feria showcases the Spanish influence in the south of France where corridas are an honored tradition. (See post on “The Bullfight”)
French Cooking Class
It was pure good luck that I was invited to attend at the new Cooking With Class Uzes. Replicated from the company’s successful operation in Paris, the Uzes offshoot offers expert guidance on cooking that is strictly Provencal. The near-day-long experience deserves a post of it’s own, which will follow. Here are highlights — “cooking with fish.”
To find out more, stay tuned …
How convenient! A winery is just across the street from the Cooking With Class Uzes school. I just rolled from one to another … and took the class along with me. How lucky, too, there was an art exhibition upstairs.
Each Fall Uzes dazzles with white lights and the town celebrates ’til midnight for Blanche Nuit. Music, art galleries and shops are everywhere you look along the streets and alleyways.
This year the celebration started early with dinner at the newly re-opened Hotel Entraigues with Chef Axel and jazz performed by popular local musicians.
A sampling of the art …
Artists: Oliver Bevan, Anne-Marie Lanteri and Catherine Robin
Artist: Laurent Dubè
Artist: Viva Blevis
Chapeaux et Accessoires: Petit Béguin
For the first time in recent history, the Uzes lavoir was lighted and welcoming visitors on Blanche Nuit. The lavoir, built in 1854, was used as a communal house for washing clothes.
A brocante sale covered the town all day Sunday with items ranging from devine to bizarre.
Dining and shopping
With friends from near and far ….
… and a beautiful full moon to cap it all off!