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Published on June 14th, 2015 | by Ann Rickard


First Day in France

After waiting a year, finally we are here back in our beloved Uzes in the South of France with a week to spare and check everything out before our guests arrive for this year’s culinary tour on Saturday June 20.Uzes

Going all the way through on a flight from Brisbane to Paris, and then immediately getting on the TGV (very fast train) down to Avignon and then picking up a hire car and driving to Uzes all in one long and laborious go – not good.

But how good is to get here?  Be here?  Why am I asking you that?  You won’t know unless you come with us one year.

The plane trees are in full green summer bloom, church bells are ringing outside our window and the air is clean and fresh with the long twilight of June in France.Uzes

First thing to do – try to ignore the hideous jetlag – and adjust the body clock.

One good thing about jet lag (if you look at it in a glass half full way) it gets you up at 5am and ready for action because your body clock tells you it is about 2 in the afternoon your time.

So only thing to do – get up, go out and walk.


Having Uzes to yourself in the post dawn on a Sunday morning after night time rain when everything is sparkling and fresh and feeling newborn is beyond wonderful – but finding the world’s best patisserie open and lit up and warm and inviting with its coffee machine hissing and the most delectable pastries in the window  – well, it’s a certain sign everything is going to be tres fabulous for the next few weeks.Uzes

Double espressos, a sublime pane au chocolat (with cream and rich runny chocolate) and ogling the almond croissants and a glorious fruit tarts, and we were set.

Our little apartment is in the heart of town, among a labryithine of gorgeous old streets surrounded by beautiful historic buildings.

What I can say?   (Plenty more actually, keep reading for more posts over the coming weeks.)

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About the Author

is a Noosa (Australia) local and author of six successful books, all humorous travel narratives. In 2005 Ann won the prestigious ASTW’s Australian Travel Writer of the Year and in 2007 she won the ASTW Travel Book of the Year. Ann takes a culinary tour to the South of France in June every year . Ann writes travel, dining and columns for the Sunshine Coast Daily and is the Life editor of the Noosa News. Ann also maintains a well read and popular blog site. Ann’s travels have seen her explore cuisines all over the world.

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