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Party Time in Nimes: Jeudi de Nimes

Visit Nimes on a Thursday night during July and August if you want to see how to throw a party. Tourists, locals, singles and families join in the festivities referred to as Jeudi de Nimes that center around the ancient Roman arena and forum (Maison Carrée).

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Maison Carrée

 This visit to Jeudi de Nimes I was intent on watching the Tango exhibition. Along the way, however, there were markets; lively cafes on every street; as well as music and dancing of all sorts and origins.

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80’s Rock Bands

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Flamenco Band

Visit NimesThere, in the back streets of Nimes, was the event I was looking forward to seeing. Tango dancers from around the area merged together for an evening of music that lasted until midnight. Not a moment longer. City authorities in Nimes and other towns are very strict about noise. Fines are steep for anyone who disobeys party closing times.

Definitely a few dancers stood out from the rest

Oh, that I could learn Tango just by watching.

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 I did learn there’s a strict Tango tradition. A woman can never asks a man to dance. It’s just not done. So women pretty much sit around the dance floor and wait until someone invites them to join them to Tango.

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The men check out the available crop of dancers.

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Then assuming everything goes well … and everybody gets along…

 

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…almost all are matched up for the next Tango.

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Thursday nights won’t be the same until this Jeudi de Nimes next year. I can’t wait to visit Nimes again. Meanwhile, tango classes start in Uzes in September. Hmmm…

 

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Village Scenes in Uzes: Public Park at Vallée de l’Eure

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Hotel in UzesNext to the Hotel Du Baron De Castille in Uzes stands the 17 century cathedral with the Romanesque bell tower, La Tour Fenestrelle.  Beyond the tower is a terrace that overlooks the Vallée de l’Eure and the public park.

The Cathedral and 12th Century Tour Fenestrelle

The Cathedral and 12th Century Tour Fenestrelle

 

 

The terrace that views the valley is also a parking area for the Cathedral.

The terrace that views the valley is also a parking area for the Cathedral.

 

Probably one of the best pieces of real estate in the city is this 17th century house behind the cathedral.

Uzes home overlooking the valley.

Uzes home overlooking the valley.

 

This “smarty cat” knows he has the best view.

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 The landscape between Uzès and the valley of the Cévennes is rolling hills, vineyards, olive groves and stretches of dwarf ilex, wild thyme, box and rosemary.

 

Vallee de l'Eure from the cathedral in Uzes

Vallée de l’Eure from the Cathedral in Uzes

 

 There are beautiful walks along the valley and the rivers, including along the streets leading into and out of Uzes.

 

  As you walk around  the cathedral’s parking lot,  you enter the public park.

 

Entrance to the city park in Uzes

Entrance to the city park in Uzes

 

Public tennis courts and swimming pool

Public tennis courts and swimming pool area

 

 

The walkway continues through wooded areas to the river valley.

 

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River runs through the valley

River runs through the valley

 

 

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I understand that at one time, the area around the river valley was active with mills and a small community of people. They have vanished, leaving only these remnants of an earlier time.

 

Abandoned mill at the river

Abandoned mill at the river

 

This is the same valley we visited in earlier posts at the remains of the Roman aqueduct (Source de l’Eure) and at Pont du Gard.  In Roman times the spring that originated here ran through the hills to Nîmes, crossing the river Gardon by means of the Pont du Gard.

 

Hopefully you enjoyed this walk with me around the village. Stay tuned for more…

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“Nora Jones” Next Door

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Have I said lately how much I love this place? You only have to go outside your door in Uzes to find a world of entertainment and friendly people.

Last night I went to an art exhibit and a late dinner with new friends. Afterwards, heading back to my apartment, I heard music pouring down onto the street from the front of my building. At first I thought it was someone’s radio. Then I saw a woman standing at a window above. She was singing.

I stood there for a few minutes enjoying the music. The woman in the window looked down and I met her glance with applause. She seemed pleased so I hurried inside the building, ran up the landing, peeked in the open door of her apartment, and accepted the invitation to come in.

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What a treat! My new neighbors are musicians and they were practicing for an upcoming “gig” in town.

All I can say is “watch out Nora Jones”!

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The art exhibit and a historic hotel

There’s a “hotel ” practically next door to me that houses the Uzes office of Emile Garcin, a prominent real estate operation in France and beyond. The Hotel Du Baron De Castille is one of the first sights you see as you drive into Uzes. I attended an exhibition at the hotel, hosted by Uzes artist Elisa Cossonnet. The invitation to the event gave me an opportunity to both enjoy her artwork, and to roam around the historic building.

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Hôtel du Baron de Castille

Hôtel du Baron de Castille

The Hotel du Baron de Castille is in one of the most beautiful parts of Uzes, across from the Cathedral, the Tour Fenestrelle, and the Pavillion Racine (valley). The “hotel”, or “townhome” as it means in French, was built by Gabriel Joseph de Froment d’Argilliers, the Baron of Castille in the 18th century.

It was a perfect complement for the art on exhibit inside.

The Cathedral and 12th Century Tour Fenestrelle

The Cathedral and 12th Century Tour Fenestrelle

Hotel du Baron de Castille entrance

Hotel du Baron de Castille entrance

 

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Hotel in Uzes

 

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The Art

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The Artist

 

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Elisa Cossonnet uses a resemblance of her own image in most of her work — or at least the examples on display. The artist herself is a “tiny bit of a thing” leaving you to wonder where she stores all that talent.

I talked with Elisa only briefly. She was busy entertaining guests and drawing their images.

Elisa is a graduate of the School of Fine Arts of Lyon and she trained as an illustrator at the Emile Cohl school in Lyon. Her work is available mostly through art dealers with exhibitions around the world: France, Nashville (Tennessee), Brussels, Maastricht (Belgium), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Pondicherry (India) She holds only one private showing of her own each year in Uzes, her hometown.

 

Fortunately, I was there to enjoy it.

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The music.

 

 

This art exhibit came with music.

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Even the guests joined in.

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The People

One of the favorite parts of my evening was people-watching.

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Husband of the artist

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… and taking photos of camera-shy guests (with their permission, of course!)

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Did I mention: “I love this place!!!”

 

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Château du Duché

Starlight Tango at Uzes’ Château du Duché

Nothing prepared me for watching Tango dancers at the Château du Duché. Practically at my doorstep.

The parking lot that my apartment shares with the Château du Duché is closed to traffic once a week through August. An ongoing festival, clearly for the benefit of tourists, is staged one evening each week to draw visitors to the village.

The fact that it takes place within a few feet of my apartment is pure good luck.

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Dance with the experts at Château du Duché

You can show up at the Château du Duché with your favorite partner or solo and dance the night away. Or you can show up for lessons with a tango expert. Whether you’re dancing or just watching, the music and the drama of the tango carry you away.

The tango is a popular dance in the south of France, due largely to the proximity of the region to Italy. Wherever you go that there is music, you will see couples dancing the tango. Even if they are not the best performers, tango dancers always seem to put their heart and soul into their moves. For me, I’m sure I’ll never step foot out on the floor. But for others who are not so timid, it looks like great fun.

Makes one want to put on your dancing shoes…

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Uzes Day Trip: Arles, Saintes-Maries-De-La-Mer and the Camargue

Let me reign in your expectations upfront. There’s no way you can take an Uzes day trip to Arles, Saintes-Maries and the Camargue and be satisfied.

I did, however, get a glimpse of these sites so that I can return for another visit. Hopefully you’ll enjoy the short preview as much as I enjoyed the day trip out of Uzes.

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Sunflowers in France

But first, a field of sunflowers to start the day.

Uzes Day Trip to Arles. It’s More than Van Gogh.

Today most people go to Arles to trace the footsteps of Van Gogh. That idea intrigues me, but not for this trip. There were other places I wanted to see that are nearby. So I spent the morning in Arles visiting a couple of its most important Roman artifacts: the Arena and the Amphitheatre.

Frankly, I am surprised at myself, but history is taking on a whole new meaning. It’s actually fun to put together names and events now that I can put them into context.

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Arles Arena

 Arles has a history that traces back to a primitive tribe of people who lived between the river (Rhone) and the marshes, Ar-laith. From early on, Arles was overshadowed by Marseilles, the nearby settlement by the sea, It’s interesting that the city’s fate and wealth took a positive turn when the people of Arles gave aid to Julius Caesar in defeating Pompey in Marseilles. Among other contributions to Caesar’s cause, the shipbuilders of Arles constructed twelve fighting vessels for Caesar’s troops, reading them to sail in less than 80 days.

Caesar bestowed the title “Colonia Julia Paterna Arelatensis Sextanorum” upon Arles. He then stationed his Vi legion in Arles which helped create a Roman city of great reknown. The Arles Arena is a reminder of the rich Roman city Arles became. Built on a smaller scale than the arena in Nimes, it appears to be a “mini” arena in comparison. Even so, it accommodates up to 25,000 spectators. Like in Nimes, the Arena has an active life still today, hosting popular bull fights and local festivals.

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Romulus Augustus, the last Roman emperor, died in 476 and, soon, Arles fell into the hands of barbarians. The city collapsed in 480 with the arrival of the Visgoths.The Theatre in Arles, by some accounts was built somewhere between 15BC and 30BC. Because of the religious significance of the original statues and monuments, it has been plundered repeatedly.

 

Arles reasserted itself through the years, at one time becoming the capital of the kingdom including Provence and Bourgogne.  Although the Roman architecture and magnificent structures in Arles have been ransacked and materials removed for other purposes, those that remain  rank among the finest and most important in Provence.

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Next Uzes Day Trip: Saintes-Maries-De-La-Mer

Holidays in France: Saintes-Maries-De-La-Mer

 

 

 

 

Uzès on Sundays: Horses, Swans, and Otters “Oh My!”

Sundays in Uzès are quiet. Most of the stores are closed in town and, except for flea market-style shopping along the streets, there’s not much going on. It was the perfect time to pick on Geoffrey.

Geoffrey is my good friend in Uzès. He’s been here through thick and thin, helping me adjust to my new world. He’s also the unpredictable character you’ve grown to love in earlier posts.

Due to The Golden Girls’ adventures, Geoffrey’s stories have taken a backseat.

He’s back! Sundays in UzèsYet recently, in a less enthusiastic form.

You see, over the past few days, Geoffrey and I have been indulging in a sort of contest. A “pity party”, if you will.

“Who can gripe the most.”

As hard as it might be to believe, and as perfect as living a dream may seem, there are “down” days. Fortunately for me, like Winnie the Pooh and Eeyore, when I’m down, Geoffrey’s perky. When he’s on the “low” side of the see-saw, I’m on the “high” side.

“It’s snowing still,” said Eeyore gloomily.”So it is.””And freezing.””Is it?””Yes,” said Eeyore. “However,” he said, brightening up a little, “we haven’t had an earthquake lately.”

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Last Sunday’s a perfect example. After several days of not hearing from Geoffrey, I rang him up to see if he was still alive. From the sound of his voice, which is usually cheerful, I could tell he was “alive” but far from “lively.”

After our “Bonjour”s, I asked, a bit sarcastically, “Comment allez-vous ?”

C’est bien,” he replied. “Et vous“, he said in very sing-song tone. Not his always jovial, laughing voice.

Ok, Geoffrey,” I barked. “This bad mood of yours has got to quit. It’s gone on quite long enough.

Before he could reply I ordered: “I’m going out to Carrefour to do some shopping. Mustang Sally and I are coming to pick you up.”

Silence.

I could hear noise in the background which meant he wasn’t at home. “Where are you“, I asked, as if he owed me an answer.

I’m at the little bar at the Esplanade‘” he said. “Having a pastis with Nicholae,” he added. “You can come by and pick me up if you’d like.

I’ll be there in 15 minutes,” I said.

The Esplanade is a small, sparsely shaded park in the center of Uzes that is between the city’s post office and the regional bus station. The park is most often used on Saturdays for various market vendors’ booths. Occasionally its the site of gypsy carnivals. During the week you’ll find locals and tourists sitting on the few benches that are around the perimeter.

The “little bar” is on the street corner across from the Esplanade. It’s mostly a “hangout” for the town’s “idle” older men who seem to be unemployed. They are there all hours of the day.

I stopped at the “little bar” with Mustang Sally just as Geoffrey was finishing up his drink. It was close to thirty minutes after we had talked. He saw me and quickly gulped down the last of his pastis. While getting in the passenger side of the car, a man at the bar called out to him. He said Sally had a flat tire.

Oh crap!” said Geoffrey. “Something else to ruin my day.”

We can fix it at the service station at Carrefour,” I exclaimed.

Geoffrey checked to see if we had enough air in the tire to get the short distance out of town, then jumped in the car.

As we headed down the road, my travel companion was silent. I decided I’d try to cheer up “Old Grumpy” with a joke he’d told me a few days before, even though I’m terrible at telling jokes.

I took a breath and started: “I’m sorry I’m late,” I said.

No problem,” Geoffrey replied glumly.

I told you I’d pick you up in fifteen minutes,” I added.

Yes you did,” said Geoffrey. “It’s OK.”

I would have been here on time,” I continued, hoping he wouldn’t catch on and ruin the punchline.

Taking a breath, I looked at him from the drivers seat with my most serious face and stated: “Well then, you didn’t have to call back every half an hour to remind me.”

Geoffrey looked at me. His face lit up. He chuckled. Then he let out that familiar belly laugh. He was going to be OK.

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As our sour moods were lifting we arrived at Carrefour only to find it, too, was closed. Shopping would have to wait. We could; however, use the air pump to fill Sally’s tire. It was at the service station adjacent to the front of the store.

While Geoffrey was showing me how to put air in the tire, I asked: “Want to go see the horses at Les Haras’ stables when we’re done? You said you wanted to take me there.

Great idSundays in Uzèsea,” said Geoffrey, obviously happy that I had thought of something he actually wanted to do.

“Let’s go.”

Les Haras Nationaux  is a French national riding academy and champion stud farm. It is one of a dozen or so regulated facilities of its kind in France.

The institutionalization of horse breeding for military, farming, leisure and competition purposes in France traces back as early as the time of Charlemagne.

In 1665 the King’s Council of Louis XIV established what was to become “royal standards” and control for stud farming in France. In 1715 requirements for breeding the “Haras du Pin” or “royal stud” were strictly enforced throughout the country.

These days the French Ministry of Agriculture manages the activities of “Haras du Pin” breeders. The ministry’s responsibilities are to insure the blood lines of quality horses bred in France, and to regulate and oversee services for breeders and horse lovers.

These are some of the studs we found hanging out in their stalls, waiting for a “roll in the hay” with the mares who were primping themselves in separate quarters.

The “white” horses are the famous “Camargue” breed, originally found only in the swampy, Camargue region in the south of France. Their origins go back, some say, to the Paleolithic period more than 17,000 years ago. Through time they have been bred with other breeds, especially Arabians,

“This genetic combination permits these brawny animals to withstand the region’s bleak, cold winters and intensely hot summers. They are so strong it is said they are able to canter through mud up to their bellies!” (White Horses of France’s Camargue)

Below is the layout of Les Haras Nationaux  outside Uzes.

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Haras International in Uzes

Sundays on Uzès: La Vallée de l’Eure

After a trompe around the stud farm at Les Haras Nationaux, the Sunday afternoon was still too beautiful to leave behind. We headed to the park at la Vallée de l’Eure on the other side of Uzès.

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It was my first time at the park, although I’ve passed the turn off on the way to San Quentin La Poterie several times. Once down the road we drove close to the rocky hill that I had viewed from the distance. Rock climbers are particularly fond of this spot and they are allowed to set up camp in the park.

Geoffrey says people who have no yards or terraces where they live spend their Sundays here.

In addition to the hill for rock climbing, the park’s other attraction is its spring: the source of water for the Gard River that flows beneath the famous landmark, Pont du Gard.

During Roman times the spring fed the Pont du Gard aqueduct and delivered water along the miles and miles of Roman-built conduits to the city of Nimes (“Colony of Nemausus”).

(See earlier posts on visits to Pont du Gard.)

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Source of water for the Pont du Gard

Today, while Pont du Gard draws millions of tourists yearly, the spring that started it all is barely noticed.  The origins of the aqueduct — as old as the stone facade of the Pont du Gard — is close to ruins.

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Beginning of the Pont du Bard in the Vallee D’eure

 

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Pont du Gard

Standing next to the spring, Geoffrey got on his “bandstand”

With his loudest voice he proclaimed to me, and everyone else within hearing distance, that it is “scandalous” the way the French government is neglecting the ancient structure.

For my entertainment and, perhaps, for distribution to the UNESCO  World Heritage Center, I put together this “public service announcement” regarding the plight of the Pont du Gard’s most important monument.

Swans and Otters on Parade

While Geoffrey continued ranting about the “Scandal of Pont du Gard”, I busied myself watching swans who were gathered in the stream that ran around the edge of the park grounds.

Beside the spring, Geoffrey got on his "bandstand" With his loudest voice he proclaimed to me, and everyone else within hearing distance, that it is "scandalous" the way the French government is neglecting the ancient structure.

“Chase the otter” seemed to be the game of the day.  

Enjoy!

… and remember

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Uzes in November: A Two-Day Tour

My  first house guest came to visit recently. During her two-day stay, my college-aged friend and I visited some of my favorite spots around Uzes : Pont du Gard, San Quentin La Poterie and Nimes.

When I learned that my friend from North Carolina’s daughter wanted to visit Uzès in November as part of her break from college, I was thrilled. She is a student at Tulane and is studying a semester abroad in Copenhagen.

Imagine: A “20-something” wants to spend time with me!”

Through emails I learned my visitor wanted to plan her time around a market day — either on Wednesday or Saturday. Since she reads my blog and she knows how I rave about “markets” she wanted to see one for herself. Plans worked out that she would arrive in Nimes by train on Tuesday evening and return for the train on Thursday evening.

Perfect. 

The “agenda” we decided upon would give her a chance to go to the Wednesday market in Uzes, and then see Pont du Gard, shop a bit in San Quentin les Poterie and tour around the quaint pottery village. Then on Thursday we would see the sights in Nimes — remains of Roman civilization — before meeting the train in the evening.

Uzès in November: Day One

I was so excited about meeting my visitor at the train that I got to the station in downtown Nimes well ahead of time. The train was delayed but she arrived close to schedule at 7pm. When she stepped off the train to greet me she was more adorable than I remembered. The last time we saw each other was when she was in middle school.

After quick “hellos” and hugs, we took the elevator in the train station to the parking lot below. We hopped in Mustang Sally and took off for Uzes — a 40-minute drive along a very narrow, curvy, downhill road. The same route the Tour de France cyclist often travel.

First impressions of Uzes – When we entered the town of Uzes I deliberately drove slowly down the tree-lined street, around the tall cathedral and along the walled passage. I could tell my young friend was taking it all in. Before we got to the main street, I pulled Sally into the almost-empty underground parking lot. We walked up the steps, through the staircase that leads from the garage, and into the fresh air.

A short walk through a backstreet alley led us to the plaza of the Duche — Place de Duche.

“Oh my,” my friend blurted out as we rounded the corner; I knew the feeling. Seeing the Duche, the towers, and the ancient stone buildings for the first time is pretty amazing.

When we reached the apartment building and entered the massive entrance door, I led her up the fifty-five steps to my place and to her room for the next few days — decorated just in time for her visit. A room with a view.

Uzes in November

Knowing we would be returning to Uzes late, I’d planned a simple dinner, one of my favorite meals in France so far: Mont d’Or over boiled potatoes with a green salad. As hoped, she loved it and claimed Mont d’Or is” the best cheese I’ve ever eaten.”

Rise and shine – Not one to awaken early, I made an exception this day so that we could cram in as much sight-seeing  as possible.

Our first stop: a cafe for “petite dejuener”. After going by three of my favorite places,we learned that cafes around here don’t serve pastries with their coffee. It is, however, perfectly acceptable to bring in a bag with your own. (You can tell that eating out this time of day isn’t part of my routine.) Happily, we went to the boulangerie to choose from a decadent selection of fresh, hot bakery items. Our choice:  croissants — two chocolate, two almond. Then off for coffee and latte at the nearest cafe.

Uzes in November

Uzes in November

Wednesday Market

Market vendors and tourists are dwindling down in numbers with the cooler weather in Uzes.  Anyway, there was enough activity that my guest could picture the Place aux Herbes crowded with people and things to buy.

Shops were open that displayed the season’s new fashions. Wishing she had brought a bigger suitcase, my young friend found a linen, ruffled dress that she could easily stuff into her backpack.

Pont du Gard

The aqueduct built by the Romans to supply water to the early Gaelic city of Nimes was next on the tour.

On the 20-minute drive from Uzes to Pont du Gard, I became concerned about the weather. The sky was cloudy and the wind was ferocious at times. I was a bit concerned about our plan to walk through the expansive, open grounds at Pont du Gard, then across the long, open bridge that is part of the aqueduct.

My mind darted back to last summer when, crossing the Pont du Gard, my hat flew off and it almost went over the side.  It’s a long way down to the river and valley below. I didn’t want to be a “killjoy” but I related the hat story and added that the wind was blowing much harder now. My companion wasn’t worried at all. She had seen worse in Copenhagen. We forged ahead.

There’s a blog about Pont du Gard that I wrote this summer. It goes into detail about my feelings the first time I saw Pont du Gard. I really hoped it would have the same affect on others. I wondered how I would react seeing it again.

Uzes in November

Uzes in November

In the fall, with few visitors in the park, the view of Pont du Gard is still amazing.

San Quentin la Poterie

Right on schedule after a half day at Pont du Gard, there was plenty of time for sightseeing and shopping in the small village on the other side of Uzes known for its artists, pottery and laid-back atmosphere.

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San Quentin la Poterie

Uzes in November

Uzès in November: Day Two

We accomplished a lot in Day One of the two-day tour, including plenty of time to eat lunch at Pont du Gard, to sip lattes in a tiny cafe/reading shop in San Quentin la Poterie, and to enjoy “mashed cod and potato” pizza at “Pizza les Duche” when we returned to Uzes.

The next day was just as busy, filled with visiting more sites of the Roman occupation of Gard. A tour of Nimes.

Nimes

The city of approximately 150,000 citizens, is proudly called the City of Art and History. Its beginning starts over 2000 years ago with many sites dating back as early as 25 BC.

To include Nimes on a visit to Uzes is not only a must-see, it’s convenient. The train station is in the middle of the city — the closest around. Trains connect to Paris and the rest of France where you can get most anywhere in Europe. My house guest’s train to Marseilles, then onto Nice, was scheduled for early that evening, giving us time to leisurely walk around the historic town.

La Maison Carrée – To me this is the practical place to start the tour. The grand, majestic “forum” is in the middle of downtown.

A 20-minute movie plays constantly during the daytime at la Maison Carrée that presents the city and its history in 3-D. It seems a bit “hokey” because the scenes are intended to represent people and events 2000 years ago; however, it’s entertaining. I definitely enjoyed the film more this time than when I saw it last summer. Then there were lots of tourists and I had to sit on the theater steps.

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The Arena – Also known as the Coliseum, is one of the most spectacular places to see in Nimes.

It is one of the few remaining arenas from the Roman days and, reportedly, it is the most well-preserved. We both agree it is a more impressive landmark than the Coliseum in Rome. The park-like historic district where the arena sits in Nimes gives the giant structure the space it deserves. Even though it is in the center of town, there are no tall buildings around that hinder the view.

Ooops!   Ok, there was a slight interference with the view that day — a ferris wheel

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Just a reminder that Nimes is a lively, modern town. Uzes in November

Uzes in November

Our lunch stop in Nimes gave me a chance to introduce a local dish to my guest — moules and frites.

When I see mussels and fries offered on a street menu as the “plat du jour”, I go for it. To pay nine or ten euros, it’s a good value. Plus, it’s really tasty! Especially with an icy, cold glass of beer from the tap.

Uzes in November

Tour Magne – The Great Tower is at the highest spot in the city of Nimes and the only remaining remnant of the ancient wall built by Augustus near 15 BC.

Getting to the Tour Magne is a mission in itself. Standing tall above the beautiful Jarden de la Fontaine, the monument is reached only by climbing the stairways that lead to the top of the terraced garden. The views along the way are magnificent, even in late fall.

Uzes in November

By the time we reached the monument visitor hours had just ended. Just as well for me since I swore the last time I climbed the stairs of the tower would be … well … the last time. My energetic friend could have easily taken it on, but she assured me she wasn’t disappointed. To see Nimes from this height was quite enough.

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Missing the climb to the top of the Tower meant we had more time to relax, visit and see other parts of Nimes.

Uzes in November

It also meant we had time to take in one of the most interesting, amusing spots of all — the cafe near the train station. My guest agreed these out-of-the-way places and people you meet make France the place to spend as much time as possible.

          Uzes in November   Uzès in November: Farewell

The non-stop, three day visit to this part of the Gard in southern France was over.

Before leaving on the train, I heard my “20-something” friend proclaim: “I’ll be back … soon!”

For another view of Nimes visit this earlier blog post 

For another view of Pont du Gard visit this earlier post

For another view of San Quentin la Poterie visit this earlier post 

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