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How to Make the Best of Hot Weather In France

As I write this post I’m a long way from the hot weather in France. I’m in the US for a few weeks spending time with my “grands.” Usually I’m not anxious to leave Uzes, but I’ll admit, the heat was getting to me. The thermometer in town was nearly exploding at 39.444 celsius, 104 degrees fahrenheit. Without air conditioning in my apartment, I was sweltering.  Nevertheless, my friends and I found ways to make the best of it.

Forget the hot weather in France with great seasonal foods

No matter how hot it gets, there’s always a respite away from the heat when there’s great food around. This day the restaurant was Le Patio Littre in Nimes, a place I had visited when I first arrived to live in France. I had forgotten the name but ran across it again in this post from long ago . I won’t forget it again!

Hot Weather In France

You don’t have to venture far from Uzes to find fresh seasonal treats like this tartine from Le Vieux Cafe in Uzes made with aubergine, tomatoes and peppers.

Escape the heat with local art 

Fortunately two of my favorite local artists were having their exhibitions before I left town. Andy Newman, an American who lives near Uzès part-time that I’ve written about before, was just setting up his show at the studio next to the Tourist Office. I had a chance to run by to see him … and to snap up a new piece of his work. The exhibit lasts until August 18th, so stop by if you’re around Uzes.

Another artist friend, François Lewandrowski, is exhibiting his work nearby, too. I’m still loving my crazy oiseau (bird) painting that I bought from Francois and I love going to his parties! The exhibit at the Galerie ”La Verrière”, 8 rue du Dr-Blanchard extends through the month of August.

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Party, Party!

As hot as it make get in the south of France, it’s always party-time. While I didn’t get to attend many of the Fete Votive events this year, I did see the electric parade. This year there were more people attending than ever before. The colorful floats and marching bands are always crowd favorites.


Everyone is partying around Uzes in August in spite of the weather. From impromptu aperos on the rooftop to pool parties with live music.

How are you spending the hot days of August in your part of the world? 



6 replies »

  1. Oh Deborah, this makes me miss France and you so, so much! We talk every day about coming back to live, but it’s too soon to say. Enjoy your stay in the US, but stay away from the news. xoxo. Trudy

    • I’m following your happy times back in the states, but know you’re going to miss France. I miss you already! Now I have no excuse to go to Fournès for bubbly. Come back anytime!!

    • I loved my visit to Teddington and Hampton Court, etc. you’re so lucky to have both at your fingertips. Don’t forget to get in touch when you’re back in France.

  2. Deborah,
    We miss you! We can’t wait until you get back. Our yellow submarine is not the same without you! We still manage to have parties though.

    • Looks like you’re having plenty of fun. I’ll be back before you know it. Save some fun for me!

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