Emerging mid-COVID in Uzès is a tricky business, as it is in other parts of the world where active seniors live among the community’s population.
I am among the susceptible group to the virus in Uzès. Pneumonia and various lung issues have been problems for me all my life. I’m one of those who will wear a mask when I’m in public places, shun crowds, and basically, live like a monk. Which, by the way, is very appropriate now that I live in a former monastery.
Emerging mid-COVID in Uzès
Since returning to Uzès, I’ve joined with friends on various occasions. One gathering was a garden party. The hostess, Nevenka, who you might remember from our visit to a French health spa (read more here …) was very serious at the party about social distancing and refreshments. A chemical engineer before retirement, Nevenka knows a lot about everything — and especially, about health risks. The wine was dispensed out of a box, aperitifs were store-bought from Picard, the extraordinary chain store that carries gourmet frozen foods. Each food item was individually packaged for serving. Party seating was a minimum of six feet apart.
Conversation groups are popular in Uzès. One that I’ve joined is a group of French and English-speaking people who want to learn from each other. The group started in a cafe in town. Now they take turns meeting in a member’s garden. Respectfully distanced as shown below.
Friends meet for lunch or dinner at favorite places (Villa Curti) on a regular basis now. We want to support local merchants and, frankly, we’d go just for the food.
Wednesday and Saturday markets are getting into full swing. I skip going into the marketplace during the day on Saturday. On Wednesdays, I go early to pick up “must-haves” like anchoide, olives, nuts, and local vegetables.
Enjoying the scenery
Living through a pandemic is not easy for anyone. I count myself as one of the lucky few. In Uzès I’m in a safe place. I try not to take it for granted.