When girlfriends tour France, sometimes I’m lucky to be invited to join them. Two of my long-time friends from workdays in North Carolina were coming to Europe for a few weeks. With the chance to see unknown parts of France and Italy, plus the prospect of traveling with Arlene and Linda, how could I resist?
Tour of France and Italy Itinerary
Day 1-4 Uzès
Day 5 Pont du Gard, Nimes and Avignon
Day 6-7 Sete, Bezier and Bouzigues
Day 8-9 Pont Vendres and Collioure, France to Pisa, Italy
Day 10-12 Florence, Italy and surroundings
Day 13-16 Rome and surroundings
Day 17-20 Akiris Nova Siri, Italy (a resort along the “arch of Italy’s boot”)
So it begins…
Girlfriends Tour France and Italy: Day 1-4 Uzès
My two guests from the Carolinas arrived in Uzès a day late after missing the flight to Marseilles from Paris due to an airline strike. They were dead tired. Showing them the 55 steps to climb to my apartment in the tower was not the best way to welcome them, but the excitement of it all gave them the adrenaline they needed to get to the top. Photos below are borrowed from each of my friends.
The guest room was ready and waiting, along with the view — the home of the Duke of Uzès.
After a night’s rest, they were ready to take in the sights and meet some of the locals in my new “hometown”, Uzès.
The shops along the plazas
Hen party at Le Provençal
Girlfriends Tour France: Saturday Market in Uzès
No visit to Uzès is complete without a visit to the Saturday Market. If you’re planning to come this way, be sure to plan to be here on Saturday. It’s the reason I fell in love with this place. It’s still one of my favorite ways to spend a day.
One of the best parts of entertaining friends new to Uzès is to see their reaction to the surroundings.
Day 5-6 Nimes, Pont Du Gard, Avignon
For more about visiting Uzès, check our About Uzès