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If you’ve never been to the Languedoc Roussillon region of France, you are missing a whole lot, including an opportunity to visit the beautiful town of Uzes. As a matter of fact, I recommend that you spend an entire week in Uzes and use it as a hub from which to explore the region.
Why Visit Uzes?
This beautiful town, set above the wild lands of Languedoc, is a place to discover “France Profonde” the real France. From its cobbled streets to its magnificent architecture, Uzes delivers all the charm and authenticity it can muster. We enjoyed a visit to the St. Theodorit cathedral with its own leaning tower: the Fenestrelle. But spending time in Uzes is time living the life of a local…slowing the pace, stopping at a cafe or shopping along the cobbled lanes.
Is the Duke in?
Uzes is the seat of the Duchy of Uzès, which was established in 1565. Since then the Duke of Uzes, Count of of Crusso, has presided as the first duke of France. Today, Jacques de Crussol d’Uzes is the 17th Duke. He and his wife are restoring the castle and visit Uzes regularly; it is their summer home. The duke’s castle sits in the center of Uzes and can be toured. To determine if the duke is home, simply look to see if the Ducal banner is flying above the castle. It only flies when he is in residence.
Shopping in Uzes
If shopping is a favorite pastime, well, you won’t be disappointed with Uzes, especially if you are there on a Wednesday or Saturday…market days. Place aux Herbes , in the center of the old town is where you will find the bustling market. From local flowers, to fresh fruits, to scented soaps and any manner of souveniers, you will find it at the Uzes market. On our last trip to France, I was looking for a cool summer dress. I finally found what I longed for in Uzes. The dress shop offered personalized service and the owner persuaded me to buy a very French looking duster to be worn over my dress. I love the look!
Atilier des Ours
Shabby Chic with a French touch, the clothes and accessories are for the young and young at heart.
Les Affaires Etrangeres
Gleaned from places afar, this home boutique will open your eyes to new ideas for your home or apartment.
By dé Bo
Here you will find high-quality clothing that is a bit edgy, with service that will leave you wondering why we can’t have THAT in the USA. Don’t miss this one. Open: 9.30 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 7 pm, Tuesday to Friday. Open all day on Saturday. From April to September, open on Mondays as well.
Benedikt Aichele, Jeweller
Meandering through the winding streets, we came upon a spectacular jewelry store that proudly displayed its handcrafted jewelry produced by the resident artist, Benedikt Aichele. We were thoroughly impressed by the creativity shown in its window display. Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am-1pm and 3pm-7pm
Restaurant recommendations in Uzes
To dine on the gorgeous patio on a sunny day is paradise, and the fabulous food takes it over the top. It was simply, heaven.
le Deux Freres d’Uzes
A warm welcome and wonderful wine pairings along with a delicious well-priced menu make this place a must visit when in Uzes.
Where to stay in Uzes
We stayed at a lovely boutique hotel in the center of Uzes called Hostellerie Provencale. This little 3-star hotel oozes charm and the rooms are oh so provencale. I loved it. We had dinner on our last night in France at their little restaurant La Parenthesis. We had a wonderful view of the surrounding city and enjoyed a wonderful gourmet dinner. We needed to leave before breakfast the next morning, so the owners delivered a wonderful breakfast tray to our room at 6am. I can’t think of anywhere else I would stay when I return.
Uzes is located near Nimes, the Pont du Gard and Avignon, a perfect place from which to explore the region.
Written by Terri Fogarty and photos by Bill Fogarty for EuropeUpClose.com