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The View at the Top

Life in Uzès

There are some fantastic views in the world that you can wake up to every day. For me, this one ranks pretty high. Fate took me to the real estate office in Uzès to check out where I might live. With 55 steps to climb to my tower apartment, I’m still thankful and amazed I’m in France.

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Living modern in an ancient tower

Just because the apartment’s walls are stone and there’s a spiral, narrow staircase doesn’t mean you have to live like a monk. I wanted to keep some “monastic” elements intact when I moved into this apartment. But would my love for bright colors — especially red and yellow —  be at odds with the look I was going for?

The building entrance

Apartment entrance at the Place de Duche

Apartment entrance at the Place de Duche

Located directly opposite the Palace of the Duchy of Uzes, the apartment building is only steps away from the village marketplace… and the town’s bell in the tower next to me rings every hour and a half from 7 am until 10 pm.


Place aux Herbes

Walking from the front of the apartment building down the street to the left leads to small shops and cafes.



Plsce aux Herbes

People head down this street to the open market on Saturdays and Wednesdays.


Taking the road to the right around the Palace leads to the town’s main street.


A glimpse inside

Once you enter the apartment building on the ground floor, a handsome foyer leads to the first-floor apartments. (Yes, there are apartments on the ground floor, too.)


Just up the steps …

Then the fun begins. Take 20 steps on the spiral staircase to my apartment door.


… through the glass door and “welcome” chain to the entrance to the living room.



Up more steps…


… to the tower.



Inscribed with the date of the most recent renovation, 2004

The guided tour – Part I

The Guest Room

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Original print by my friends and co-workers at Frameworks, London

Original print by my friends and co-workers at Frameworks, London


Pillow and lap blanket from two of my

Pillow and lap blanket from two of my “besties.”


An Unforgettable Day in Uzès

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