A couple of weeks ago, I told you about my trip to the Witches’ Market in Saint Chaptes. In order to be able to get to the market early in the morning, I stayed the previous night in Uzes. Getting to Uzes in good time gave me the chance to spend a few hours exploring the centre of town. Uzes is a town whose history dates back to Roman times. Most of you will have heard of the Pont du Gard, an aqueduct built by the Romans to bring water to Nimes. The Pont du Gard is not far from Uzes, and Uzes is where the Romans captured the water for Nimes. Here’s a picture of the Pont du Gard at sunset:
The old town centre of Uzes is full of amazing buildings. Unfortunately most of the streets are very narrow, so it was impossible to capture much more than some architectural details. The “dressed up” door was for Halloween – the tape says ‘Caution – Enter if you dare’! 🙂
In the centre of the old town lies a large and irregular shaped square, it kind of meanders around several corners. This is where the market takes place every Saturday – I’ve not yet visited that, but it’s on my list!!
Some of the houses along this open space have arcades on the ground floor – here’s a picture of a stone-vaulted arcade:
Not far from the square lies the ducal castle. The Duke of Uzes still owns the castle, and apparently the title is the highest ranking among French nobility. The castle can be visited, I just didn’t have enough time.
Right across the street from the ducal castle stands a splendid building, which houses the town hall.
One wing of the building was home to the post office and telephone exchange at one time. I imagine that both moved out some time ago!
The cathedral was destroyed several times. The current building dates from the 17th century. The arcaded belfry dates from the 11th century.
I found a some lovely door knockers on my walks:
As the day drew to a close, my thoughts turned to dinner – wouldn’t you know?? 🙂 I’d noticed a few restaurants throughout the town and in the end I decided on a restaurant called Midi a l’Ombre, which was tucked away a little, not far from the tourist office and the cinema. It turned out to have been a great choice! The dining room was very stylish and warm, and the chairs oh so comfortable. You’ll be able to see pictures of the dining room on the restaurant’s own website – I didn’t take any since there were a fair number if diners already seated. But I did take pictures of the food! Here is the amuse bouche, a delicate jerusalem artichoke soup!
Since I had a friend with me, here are two starters. The first is a terrine of foie gras with figs, the second is a dish of scallop and prawn ravioli with crispy vegetables.
Here is the main course – delicious and perfectly cooked john dory with polenta and ratatouille.
The cheese selection was amazing! I overheard the waiter describing the cheese under the plastic cloche as ‘the devil’s suppository’ to the guests at the next table, warning them that it was very smelly! 😀 I decided to give that particular cheese a miss…
The desserts were a fitting end to a wonderful meal! The first was a Grand Marnier mousse with crispy orange biscuits. The second was a chocolate mousse cake, which was as light as a feather!