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