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An Autumn Week South of France

How do you spend an autumn week in the south of France? Visiting beaux villages; going to brocante stores and outdoor markets; dining with friends and eating great food. That’s how!

Have I told you lately how much I love France? After spending a few stressful months in the States, I was really looking forward to returning to France. Most of all, I was yearning to be here because autumn is my favorite season of the year. There’s something about autumn that makes France look more beautiful to me. I’m sure it’s the colors. The browns and beige, golds and burnt orange. They trim every tree and grapevine. They blend with aged stones on buildings and ancient streets.  Crystal blue skies highlight the outlines of steeples and towers. It’s truly a glorious time.

Favorite things on an autumn week south of France

“Brocanting”

This past week I did some of my favorite things, including browsing through brocante stores and markets. A great find at an out-of-the-way store in Uzes was discovering a panetiere — a decorative “breadbox” introduced in the 18th century in the south of France to keep bread safe from children and pets. I sadly admit, I left it behind. Remember, I’m done with collecting “stuff”!

Just as interesting but less compelling were the old wheelchairs. Apparently they were not freewheeling. It took two people to operate one of these ancient chairs.  One pushed from behind while the person in the chair steered.

Wining and dining with friends while eating some of the best ever foods.

Exploring towns and villages

I’ve promised myself that I will try to visit as many of the designated Beaux Villages de France. There are hundreds of them, but if I start now ….

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Then there are the unrenowned villages next door that are just as charming …

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Favorite things to do on an autumn week south of France 

Discovering hidden Roman ruins

Just outside Uzes the remains of a Roman bridge still stands. The two thousand-year old structure spans the creek bed between two large fields. Wear from wagon wheels dragging heavy loads across the bridge are a reminder of early civilizations that lived and toiled on this very spot.

 

Checking out seasonal foods and merchandise at the Uzes Saturday Market — yes, that’s a must!

But the very best thing about autumn in France is being in my little tower apartment. Just me, the white pottery cat and a mouse.

 

More on autumn in the south of France:

The Cevennes: Saint Jean du Gard

7 Great Ideas for An Awesome Autumn Weekend Around Uzes

Halloween Train to the Cevennes

 

8 replies »

  1. So nice to see all the wonderful pictures of the place where we live. My prince and I have never had a moment’s regret about moving to the South of France, and I love the markets, the houses, the villages, and all the things to do. The twice-yearly Grand Brocante in Pézenas is fabulous, and I love taking pictures of the funky things you can find there. I know it is not “proper” blog protocol to give a link to your own blog, but if you want to see some pictures of the fun things I’ve seen at the Brocante in Pézenas, have a look here:http://wp.me/pWIVP-uH Viva la France 😉

    • So glad to hear from you, “Miss Footloose” and happy to know about the Grande Brocante in Pèzanas. I’ll definitely put it on my to-do list. Thanks for the link. So happy you, too, are loving life in France.

  2. Deborah just another great blog. This one is special because it gives a great all around view of different things in the South of France with great emphasis on the Brocante sales. The food pictures were wonderful and the relaxing lunch or dinner scene was very inviting and sorry we could not participate with you and see Collette once again but she is now living the life of calm and rest.

    • Thanks, Rich. I appreciate your comments always. You know how amazing autumn is here. Just wish you’d stay year-round.

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