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Uzes trip report

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Uzes trip report

Hi, Just back from my 6 day stay in Uzes and I am in love with the town, and cant wait to go back. This will be quite a short TR as we didnt do a big pile of sight seeing as it was meant to be a relaxing holiday.

Sat, flew from Dublin to Lyon with Aerlingus then picked up rental car and drive to Uzes everything went smoothly as I had my map and printed directions from viamichelin.com. Stopped in Valence on route at supermarket to pick up some groceries for the apartment. arrived in Uzes at 9pm. Got the bags into the third flor apartment and then crashed for the night.

Up early the next day and went to the boulangerie for my first baguettes and croissants delicious. Just spent the day walking around uzes and strolled down to the river using the path behind the cathedral. and then went out in the evening to a local cafe to watch the world cup final.

On Monday we went to Colias and hired canoes and paddled down river to the pont du Gard, we really enjoyed this I highly recommend it, total cost for a family of four €64. Got changed and went out for a meal in the place aux herbes.

Tues Again we didnt do any sightseeing we took the kids to the municpal pool for the day, which was €14 euro for a famiy of four. The only problem with the pool is that men have to wear speedos, so a lot of time was spent convincing my son and partner to wear them.

Wed we packed a picnic and headed to the beach, we first went to Grau de Roi. but the cars were queued back for about two miles out of town so then we heade to Grand motte, the weather was a lot cooler than Uzes due to the sea breeze and the kids had a great time. We cam home and cooked a BBQ and then went to watch the bastille day fireworks.

Thurs we headed to Avignon for the day, the festival was on and the town was just absolute heaving with people. the heat was just unbearable and after a couple of hours and a trip to the papal palace we headed home around 6pm. The papal palace was beautiful and looked huge but there wasnt actually that many rooms inside and I am quite a history buff but dont feel that it was worth the €37 entry fee for a family of four.

Fri, up early and left at 10am to drive to Marseille for our flight home this time with Ryanair. I have to say the difference between aerlingus and ryanair is just incredible, unless you are getting flights for dirt cheap I just cant justify using them. I know they say no frills but but good manners cost nothing!

I miss Uzes already and the friendly people there and I just cant wait to go back

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I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit to Uzes, and you certainly did plenty on a short trip. It is a lovely place. Reading it made me feel I was back there; pictures in my head of the area around the Cathedral, the path down to the river, wondering which cafe in Place aux Herbes you ate at etc.

It was also nice to read that you found people so friendly. We've been visiting for many years, and have always been struck by how helpful and friendly everyone is. We're back in UK for the summer, then it's back there!

Thanks for the report; some useful info for future visitors in it.

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Hi,

Yes, there are some useful info in your TR for future visitors like me! Thank you for the enjoyable read. I have a few questions if you dont mind:

1) What's the logistics of renting canoe in Colias ie. How did you get back to your car? Did you meet someone downstream for ride back? Can we stop and swim along way?

2) Did you find a good place to eat in Uzes? Which one?

3) The speedo thing: I had to laugh. In Japan we had to don little swimcaps; in Germany we got escorted out from a thermal pool because we had too much on! Now you are talking about the racy barely there swimwear speedos right? What was the reasoning behind that rule, anybody knows? If you don't have speedos are there rentals or disposable ones to buy? Just curious how widespread this custom is in France.

We will be there soon enough. It sounded HOT!

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Can I pop in with this link on canoeing:

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g187212-i675-k3724…

Lots of good places to eat in Uzes;I'll mention just a few: Terroirs, in Place aux Herbes; a good place to eat anytime, but especially on a Saturday lunchtime as the market winds down, but needs booking ahead. Zanelli, just off the square is an excellent Italian, with good food and friendly, helpful staff. Au Fil de l'Eau, Place Dampmartin, especially for fish; nice garden area at the back. The 80 days on Boulevard Gambetta, near the Town Hall. I'd book ahead for all of them if you're going soon, it gets very busy in summer!

Throughout France we've usually found you're required to wear swimming trunks rather than shorts; it's meant to be for hygiene reasons, I've always been told.

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Gardengirlie,

Can I bother you for some restaurant names in Nimes? I am not all that good with choosing by first impression (DH an example haha)

Thanks for the very useful thread on canoeing. Just four more long days, dang!

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I cant remember any restaurant names. we picked them based on prices and suitable options for the kids, i.e pizzas lol

The canoeing is great, they give you a large waterproof box to put all your stuff in, give you town hours to canoe down the river and an extra hour for stopping and swimming and then pick you up at the other side and bring you back. we arranged to meet at 5pm but we got to the collectoin point at 4.15 and they took us home then no bother. Its really well run.

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I loved the Bistro du Grezac for lunch

and Les trois Salons for dinner.

The owner of La Maison de la Truffe was very helpful

for directions,

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Les Trois Salons has been closed for some time now for total renovation of the building. I haven't eaten at Grezac since there was a change of owners.

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Hello

could you recomend a nice place to stay in Uzes.

We spent a very enjoyable saturday morning there at the market last october

We stayed in the lovely little town of Canaules (www.canaules.com) which was great but next time we would like to stay a little more east in order to see more of Provence

Thanks

Caoimhe

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Caoimha

WE hired a beautiful apartment in the centre of the town for €450 for a week, it might be even cheaper in October, if you are interested PM for details

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