TO SEE | MARKET
When in France, a visit to a weekly market is a must. This is where you can buy local goodies, fresh vegetables and fruits and a lot more. The Wednesday morning market in the lovely town of Uzès has everything you want from a French marché. Numerous stalls with the best products from the region are all waiting for you at la Place aux Herbes, one of the most beautiful squares in the South of France.
Full of life
Uzès is a picture-perfect little town in the Gard department, full of life all year round. And when in Uzès, you cannot skip the Place aux Herbes. Well, actually you can… The first time I visited this lovely town, I completely walked off in the opposite direction, wondering where this famous square could be. The second time, I was luckier. Following some people with little bags full of groceries brought me to the market square. I’m still wondering how on earth I could have missed the heart of the town on my first visit.
Beautiful plane trees surround La Place aux Herbes and offer some welcoming shade in the summer. Even in autumn, the time of my visit, the weather was still great. As the leaves of the plane trees had started to fall, I could have a closer look a the historic facades of the medieval houses. The arched vaults underneath them host many terraces to have a refreshing drink.
Feast for foodies
The Wednesday market in Uzès is a true feast for foodies like myself. I indulged myself with the regional delicacies presented at the many market stalls. Tasteful vegetables, grassy flavoured olive oil, colourful fruits, fresh goat’s cheese, local dried sausages and many more beautiful products screamed for my attention. I can imagine that this market is packed during summer.
My tip is to go early to avoid crowds and to make a reservation for lunch. In summer, the arches surrounding the square are a very popular spot to have a break from the market. I had lunch at restaurant “Le R”, a lovely place. They serve French cuisine, using fresh, local products. While enjoying my homemade meal, I contentedly watched all the people strolling by.