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In Search of the Cathars in Languedoc/Occitanie

Minerve Cathar Cathars Languedoc Occitanie

These days, I’m curious as I embark on my travels around Languedoc Occitanie in search of the Cathars. The Cathar religion is a cult that once thrived in the southern regions of France. The more I  research, I find myself increasingly drawn to the intriguing stories surrounding the Cathars, their unique beliefs, the persecution they […]

Back to France: The Perfect Travel Plan

After spending three months with family and friends in the US, I’m back in Uzès. For the return trip to France,  I came by the southerly route: Barcelona to Collioure. While sitting at the beach in Collioure, enjoying the views, the breeze, and an Aperol Spritz at a seafront cafe, I realized it was the perfect […]

Lavender Fields Close To Uzès

Searching for lavender fields close to Uzès isn’t just for tourists. Locals take great pleasure in finding them too — off the beaten track — in a charming town — with a great restaurant. Goudargues is one of those special places. Less than an hour’s drive from Uzès, Goudargues is known locally as the Venise […]

Life in Uzès: Traveling with a Pet

Life in Uzès Traveling with Pets

I’ve found a suitable companion after seven years of living in France. Now I’m learning about life in Uzès, traveling with a pet.  Meet Fanny. Fanny came into my life six weeks ago. Now, we’re inseparable. My friend Aileen brought Fanny from Sete. Aileen knows how much I covet her little Yorkie, Karma, and she’s […]

Grand Re-Opening in Uzès

After months of lockdown, we’re ready to open again! Tomorrow is the grand re-opening in Uzès of shops and cafes with outside dining. Ready… Set … Let’s Go! There’s lots of activity in Uzès this week, with business owners tidying up their spaces after a long time of closed doors. Friends are grabbing reservations to […]

Snow In Uzès!

Snow in Uzès! Remember how excited you were as a child when you looked out your window and there was snow on the ground? That’s how I felt when we had snow in Uzès. It was glorious! As you can imagine, it doesn’t often snow in southern France. That’s one reason so many come here […]

‘Tis The Day After Christmas In Uzès


“Tis the day after Christmas in Uzès. For those who wish you could see the decorations and holiday market in my favorite town, enjoy the tour!  While you’re here, I would like to share my thoughts and feelings for the day. I’m no poet, yet it came out in rhyme. ”Tis the day after Christmas […]

December Walk Around Uzès

When I was away from my French home in the winter months,  I wished I could see what I was missing. I longed for a December walk around Uzès. Now that I’m firmly planted here for a while, I’d like to share what I’m seeing. So many friends of the Barefoot Blogger have asked. So […]

Barefooting Around Uzès

TCFIA Women Cyclists

After “lockdown” in the United States, I could stay in the US with my family or return to my home in Uzès. It was a tough call. For the present, I believe I made the right choice. I am among the “vulnerable” for COVID-19 because of repeated bouts with pneumonia. My grandchildren in the US […]

Whimsy in Uzès. Meeting Simon James.

Through my Uzès experience, I’ve known and written about several artists. Yet there was something extraordinary about meeting Simon James … aside from his status as an award-winning writer and illustrator.  Meeting Simon James Living in a “red zone” COVID world,  I miss the small, intimate art exhibitions that were so popular around town pre-virus. […]