Who knew that the next adventure we would take together would be a worldwide pandemic!? Life never ceases to amaze. And it’s certainly neither black nor white.
So here I am, sitting in Atlanta, Georgia, instead of in my sweet apartment in France. While friends in Uzès are enjoying spring-like weather and practicing social distancing on strolls through twelfth century streets and alleys, I’m joining my son’s young family, trying to hold together a small local business and amuse two children under six.
I’m not complaining. It’s just that I’m struck by my upside down world.
Perhaps the best that can happen now is that I can get back to blogging. There are many places to talk about and fun times to re-live.
Like my last weekend in Uzès in October. It was the annual Nuit Blanche festival. Neighborhoods were filled with live music and dancing.
Nuit Blanche in Uzès
Many shops that feature art ware and artists were open for midnight browsers for Nuit Blanche in Uzès.
Some of Uzès’ favorite places were showing off for friends, families and visitors.
What is “Nuit Blanche”?
French for “white nights” or “all nighter”, “Nuit Blanche has become a tradition around the world where cities celebrate the many facets of their local culture and arts. When asked the origin of the Nuit Blanche event, most would say “Paris.” In fact, it was founded as “Night of the Arts” in Helsinki. It was 2001 before the festival arrived in Paris, renamed “Nuit Blanche” by the city under mayor, Bertrand Delanoë.
Conceived as an “all nighter,” Nuit Blanche stretches from 7pm to 7am on the first Saturday of every October. The celebration’s popularity and acceptance extends now from Europe to South America, to Asia and beyond.
Do you have Nuit Blanche where you live?
Someday I hope to be in Paris for Nuit Blanche. I hear it’s one of the unmissable events of the year. Landmarks like the Eiffel Tower become beautiful, or bizarre spectacles with artists, musicians and performers. As many as 80,000 spectators gather to enjoy the city and its artistic venues — all open and free of charge.
Revisit the Barefoot Blogger’s first Nuit Blanche in Uzès? Click here …