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My Life in France. Pinch Me.

You don’t know how often the Barefoot Blogger has to pinch herself to believe my French life. It’s more than a dream come true. It’s pure heaven.

It’s not fair to brag about what a good time I’m having, but … just saying. Take a look at this past week. There was the Feria in Nimes; a cooking class with a French chef; wine tasting; Blanche Nuit with music and art; and a town-wide brocante. Throw in dinners and shopping with friends, and tell me what there’s not to love about France!

My French Life: Traditions

The September Feria in Nimes is a 3-day party with celebrations all around the town for young and old. The tradition of the feria showcases the Spanish influence in the south of France, where corridas are an honored tradition.

French Cooking Class

It was pure good luck that I was invited to attend the new Cooking With Class Uzes.  Replicated from the company’s successful operation in Paris, the Uzes offshoot offers expert, strictly Provencal guidance on cooking. The near-day-long experience deserves a post of its own, which will follow. Here are highlights  — “cooking with fish.”

To find out more, stay tuned …

Making dough. Stay tuned to find out more!

Making dough. Stay tuned to find out more!

Wine tasting 

How convenient! A winery is across the street from the Cooking With Class Uzes school. I just rolled from one to another … and took the class with me. How lucky, too, there was an art exhibition upstairs.

My French Life: Celebrations

Blanche Nuit

Each Fall, Uzes dazzles with white lights, and the town celebrates ’til midnight for Blanche Nuit. Music, art galleries, and shops are everywhere along the streets and alleyways.

The TThecelebration started early this year ith dinner at the newly re-opened Hotel Entraigues with Chef Axel and jazz performed by famous local musicians.

A Sampling of Art

Artists: Oliver Bevan, Anne-Marie Lanteri, and Catherine Robin 

Artist: Jean-louis Dulaar

Artist: Laurent Dubè

Artist: Viva Blevis

Chapeaux et Accessoires: Petit Béguin 

Uzès Lavoir

The Uzes Lavoir was lighted and welcomed visitors on Blanche Nuit for the first time in recent history. The lavoir, built in 1854, was used as a communal house for washing clothes.

Vide-Greniers UZES

A brocante sale covered the town all day Sunday with divine and bizarre items.

Dining and shopping

With friends from near and from far. Great French food and places to shop make Uzès a welcoming place to visit.

… and a beautiful full moon to cap it all off!



10 replies »

    • I’ve read your blog and love that you have your family with you on your journey. It must be so thrilling to watch the world open up to them. Thank you for your note and keep traveling!

  1. You’re so lucky you can stay when Rich and I eventually have to leave. How we love it here! I’m calling you today to walk to St. Quentin (10k there and back) for lunch before rain comes in Monday. Also, remember the organ concert next Sunday followed by dinner and jazz or rock at Le Petit Jardin. We made rezzies for us on the way back from the opera last night!

  2. Are the small figures in the picture taken in Nimes called Santons? Can they be purchased online for delivery to Louisiana?

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  3. Deborah to think that all this happened over just a few days!!! Nothing in France is boring and there are so many things to due in a very little area. Thank you for including us in some of the fun!!! Your art pictures were wonderful and to end it all with the full moon, one would think you made all of this up but as a participant in part I can attest to the fact that it is all true and wonderful!!!

    • Rich, I’m having so much fun with you and Paula I hate to think about you ever leaving! I’m loving your holiday and being part of it. Stay tuned for more!

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