Thursday, April 30, 2009

Uzès and Lussan: Saturday 25th April 2009

The Saturday market at Uzès is described as one of the region, so we left home at 8am to make sure we were there early. It was a good move as parking would not have been as simple just half an hour later. It was an extensive market with stalls being established in the Place aux Herbes and every street leading off it. Andrew stood patiently in line at one of the popular butchers for over 10 minutes and was pleased with himself to have procured Lamb, beef filet, terrine and sausages.

The old town itself was lovely, it is described as “vacuumed packed when it’s wealthy Protestant merchants of cloth and silk packed their bags after the revocation of the ‘Edict of Nantes’ ” (recognition of protestant authority).

The Duché, the palace of the dukes of Montmorency, the Cathédrale St Théodorit with it’s unusual tower & the only church organ in France to retain it’s original painted shutters… It was a lovely morning wandering around.

From here we headed slightly north to the hill top village (village perché) of Lussan. The town is full of character and well preserved. The wisteria is in full bloom at the moment.

We had an excellent lunch at the Petite Auberge restaurant in the middle of the town. Succulent lamb shanks with local honey made for an excellent meal.

A walk after lunch was needed before a brief visit to the Lussan pottery which is known for their ceramics with a bird theme – the birds providing pleasing lines for the potter.

I have quite an extensive collection of photos of Andrew in this position - always wants to know what is over the wall!

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