Co-leading a tour of the South of France with Patricia Sands for sixteen ladies was the ideal opportunity to design the perfect day trip to a Sete—one of my favorite places to go along the Mediterranean. But where to start?
Perfect Day Trip to Sete
Nancy McGee of Absolutely Southern France, my friend and tour destination planner extraordinaire, created a plan that highlighted Sete’s history, famous foods and oyster farming.
Come along and join the fun. Imagine you’re right there with us on the South of France Memories Tour with Nancy Mcgee and Patricia Sands.
Pretend you’re enjoying the video I created about our perfect day in Sete. Guess what? I’m in the hospital. .. the video won’t download over the hospital WiFi! I’ll save the video for another place and time. While I’m experiencing technical difficulty and a new part of my adventure in France, the hospital system, please stay tuned to the Barefoot Blogger on Facebook for daily updates.
Patricia Sands is revisiting the Memories Tour on her blog. Oh, it’s so much fun traveling with these ladies! Read on…
On our first morning in Arles, we met on the front terrace of our hotel Le Cloître to set off on today’s adventure. This would become a favourite gathering spot, morning and evening, under the magnificent giant Paulownia tree.…
South of France Memories Tour 2018
Day 1: South of France Memories Begin in Nice
Day 2: Around and About Nice: Memories Tour Day 2
Day 3-5 Hot Spots on the Côte d’Azur: Memories Tour Day 3-5
Day 6:Aix-en-Provence in One Day
Day 7: A Perfect Day Trip to Sete: Gourmet Tour and Oyster Farming
Day 8: Memories tour/18 ~ Day 8 ~ Arles
Day 9: Memories Tour/18 ~ Day 9
Day 10: Memories tour/18 ~ Day 10 – St. Rèmy and Les Baux de Provence
Day 11: Memories tour/18 ~ Day 11(part 1) – Pont du Gard and San Quentin la Poterie
Day 11: Memories tour/18 – Day 11, part 2 – Uzés
Day 12: Memories tour/18 ~ day 12 – Wine Harvest
Memories Tour Interrupted
What’s happening in Uzes, France on July 14th? I set out with my camera to see how the French celebrate in this small town. It’s all about family, food, dancing and fireworks. This year, it was also about brocante. A hundred or more brocante dealers showed off their best wares in the town’s parking lot — a beautiful spot overlooking the valley.
Brocante in Uzes, France
China, pottery, porcelain treasures galore.
Colorful wares and colorful brocante dealers.
El Toro for your man cave?
Perfect gift or the man who has everything.
Every man’s junk is someone’s treasure.
Uzes, France July 14th cafes in town were packed with visitors, couples and families eating, drinking and enjoying their long weekend holiday.
All waiting for the music and dancing …
And the fireworks.
Here are some interesting facts about the July 14th French holiday:
1- French don’t call the holiday “Bastille Day”?
It’s called “July 14th”, just like “July 4th” in the States. The formal name is La Fête Nationale (The National Celebration).
2- “Storming the Bastille” was not all about freeing political prisoners.
Rebels freed four crooks and two “lunatics” and, according to Wikipedia, one “deviant” aristocrat. The Bastille was chosen as the target of the rebellion because it was a symbol of the abusive monarchy — a place stocked with weapons and ammunition.
3- The French Revolution was not the beginning of an independent French republic.
The French Revolution of 1787 is considered by historians as a major step towards establishing the concept of “independent republics.” The world saw the uprising of the people of France as an example to create their own political change;
The French, however, were anything but “independent” afterwards. They enduring years of terror led by Roperpeare’s government; and later, a military empire led by Napolean. It was the Third Republic in 1870 that gave way to national elections and political parties in France.
Charles de Gaulle founded the French Fifth Republic and served as its first president from 1959 to 1969.