A first for me today when we took to the skies above the garrigue and the Pays d'Uzège in a hot air balloon. Slightly nervous, I had nothing to worry about. Les Montgolfière du Sud gave us an amazing trip, starting north of Lussan and heading south over the village, then over the mas where we could see our own dogs in the garden, and on across the garrigue and valleys . It was a whole new perspective on the landscape and fascinating to see the trails and villages which we
The Gard is a fantastic region to explore, and though we have barely scraped the surface, we never fail to be astonished wherever we go. Turn into almost any village and you'll love the stone buildings, the unfailingly attractive Mairie, and you're bound to find a cafe open. Stop by a river, stroll for just 5 minutes and you're sure to find a swimming spot. Or call into a local boulangerie and drool at the meringues, cakes, tarts, and enormous selection of breads. Round th
Debate is raging locally over the future of stunning Roman mosaics found in Uzès last year. Sadly it may be some time before visitors to the Gard / Uzès get to see them. Found when works started on new school buildings in the centre of town, the mosaics are the first confirmation that this was the site of the Roman town of Uzetia - mentioned in an inscription in Nimes but never precisely located. The huge mosaics cover an area of 100m² and feature animals and birds in perfe
Where to start. If you're on holiday here in our gites you're going to need several weeks to take in all there is to do locally, but I have tried to distill it down to some of my personal highlights. 1. Walking - hike from the lovely Languedoc village of Vers-Pont-du-Gard to the ancient aqueduct. It's only an hour but the path takes you through olive groves and vines and through ancient woodland to the Pont du Gard itself. Along the way you'll find smaller, crumbling sectio
We have been winding down in more ways than one. Firstly a sudden change in the weather seems to be heralding Autumn - a welcome relief in some ways though Summer seems to have just whizzed by in a bit of a whirl. How did that happen? Autumn means a slowdown here at the Mas as our last gite guests arrive this weekend. We have so enjoyed our first season here - it's been a real pleasure to meet so many great people - our welcome dinners have always been fun, often running on
When we bought the Mas earlier this year it was just the fourth recorded change of ownership in 500 years. Which might account for the singular lack of records available. But at last .... we have found an old photograph, circa 1900 which shows some of the building and, somewhat surprisingly, it seems it was even bigger back then! An extra lean to barn to the west and a second tower on the east end. Maybe that should be our next restoration project? Along with all the others.