Uzes, the essence of Provence
Uzes is in this beautiful Provence, where I lived eighteen glorious months!
It is located 25kms north-east of Nîmes in the department of Gard.
It developed from the camp the Romans established when they built the aqueduct during the 1st century BC in order to supply water to Nîmes.
The most famous section of this aqueduct is the magnificent Pont du Gard.
Today, as I revisit the town, I feel again the essence of this beautiful place.
I wonder about all, who have tread there before me on the golden limestone cobbled streets, as I walk those same cobbles again.
I imagine the faces of the people, who live behind the wooden shutters that are thrust open and fastened tight each day.
The medieval cobbled streets lead me to Saint-Théodorit Cathedral and its Romanesque Tour Fenestrelle.
The 11th century tower, one of Uzes’ major landmarks, was listed Historical Monument in 1862.
I then pursue my stroll towards the Château of the Dukes of Uzes.
The building boasts a remarkable Renaissance facade adorned with the three classic orders of architecture: Corinthian, Doric and Ionic.
The Duchy of Uzes goes back to at least 1088 and is one of the oldest in France.
However, Uzes is not only renowned for its historical heritage, but also for its farmers’ market and market day in Place aux Herbes.
Both are my little guilty pleasure…
I can’t resist filling my basket from the delightful lady selling goat’s cheese, beautifully decorated morsels of deliciousness!
Then, there’s the nun still selling wine, the sumptuous fresh garlic, and of course sunflowers!
There’s the local pottery collection and hand pressed olive oil in the shop at the Moulin D’Uzes just outside of town.
Next door, i can see the vines heavy with a new vintage at Aquaduc D’Uzes.
Romantic and heart string even at night, as I cross Place aux Herbes under a canopy of twinkling lights and amble down our street on our last night, I know that this will never be just a memory, for I will be back quite soon!
Coordinates and map: Lat 44.012110 – Long 4.419946