The city of Moliere is steeped in history, including tales of a visit by a King that put the Languedoc village on the map. Pézenas is a town I can return to over and over — even in the Mistral and rain.
The first time I visited Pézenas, I was curious to see the town that “rivaled Uzès,” according to some ex-pat friends. While exploring the Saturday market and various shops, I could see why tourists and ex-pats put Pézenas on their lists. Read more here.
My second visit to Pézenas was with fellow passengers traveling the Canal du Midi on the Athos du Midi. Thanks to our guide Mathieu, the beautiful doors, windows, and buildings I’d photographed in Pézenas had a story. Read more here.
My third time in Pézenas was over a long weekend. It was then that the village’s past came to life.
Pézenas was once the capital of the Languedoc region. Located between Paris and Spain, the city was an important stop for royalty and travelers. One of the most notable figures was King Louis XIII. Impressed by Pézenas’ wealth and beauty, and a patron of the arts, King Louis helped establish political connections between the city and the French monarchy. In turn, his support elevated the city’s cultural status and increased the town’s resources.
Whether you visit the Saturday market or stroll the ancient alleys, the views of Pézenas will make your imagination soar … and keep your camera clicking.