La Louve

La Louve
La Louve...Garden of the She-Wolf, Bonnieux, France. La Louve is a private French contemporary garden, open to the public, in the town of Bonnieux in the Vaucluse Department of France. It was created beginning in 1986 by Nicole de Vésian, textile designer for the Paris fashion house of Hermès. It is classified by the French Ministry of Culture as one of the Notable Gardens of France.


The Duchy of Uzes, Languedoc, France

A look back to our time in Provence when we spent a lovely day in Uzès. This medieval city is located in the Languedoc-Rousillon region about 20 miles north of Nimes, and... as Wikipedia states - "...several thousand miles east of the United States."  

Uzès is a town with a skyline that marks the region from afar…and from within holds treasures for the eyes, ears, and taste buds. Self-proclaimed first duchy of France; host to one of the most colorful Saturday markets in the south of France; site of the source for the water that flowed through the Pont du Gard on its way to Nîmes in Roman times; a cathedral boasting a beautiful organ on the inside and an Italianate fenestrelle tower on the outside; a region full of beautiful villages and all sorts of goodies for food and wine lovers; annual festivals of dance, music, pottery, truffles, gardening, and antiques; the arcade-lined Place aux Herbes, where the weekly market takes place, and where you can sit outside for a tasty lunch or a drink on a sunny day. Just a bit of heaven.

Here are some of the little streets and alley ways we discovered as we meandered through the town on our way to the palace...

The village square, the Place aux Herbes. We ate lunch under great plane trees, and I had a delicious grilled breast of pigeon served on a bed of wild greens. An ice cold carafe of a local white wine was the perfect companion.  I highly recommend Terroirs when you're in Uzès and hungry for good local produce and wine.
Terroirs, 5 Place aux Herbes

...then...ah, dessert....

....hundreds of delicious handmade candies in a confectionaire right next to Terroirs!
Pinch me, I must be dreaming!
Oh, I'm dreaming all right! This is too good to be real. Hand-dipped fruits in a sugar glaze.
Bundled candied lemon, orange and lime slices. I won't say how many bundles I bought...let's just say enough to give me a tummy ache. But, it was worth it!

The cure? Antiquing, of course
Some old things, some new things in a little shop off the Place aux Herbes
Hand-dipped candles inside an old wood trunk...inside a vintage mantlepiece
Vintage candle sticks from India

Tomorrow: The Grande Duchy of Uzès

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