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 …
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
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: Laurent Dubè
Artist: Viva Blevis
Chapeaux et Accessoires: Petit Béguin
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.
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!