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We are in Uzès or to be more specific St. Quentin-la-Poterie for almost 4 weeks now. What happened in those 4 weeks? A lot!

We found a place to rent starting mid August, Camilla helped with the decoration of a festival and did some gardening, we found new friends, played Boule, had 2 appointments with the veterinarian, discovered a shop that sells unpacked products, made Café Aust our favorite coffee place, had my mountain bike repaired, hiked the „Gorges du Gardon”,  attended the bio-wine festival in St. Quentin-la-Poterie, I made a quick trip by train to St. Gallen/Switzerland, and more. Do we still like it here? Yes indeed!

I won’t write about the place we rented as I got this covered in the previous post. To learn French while doing something useful, Camilla had registered with  Workaway  and immediately found some interesting offers. One was about helping with the preparation and decoration of the Pois Chiche Festival in Montaren and the other was about gardening near St. Maximum. Through Camilla’s work we found new friends in Sarah and Benoit. Through them we instantly got „sucked“ into the relaxed, unformal lifestyle of this region. Joint dinners and playing Boule in the center of St.Quentin make us feel a bit „French“ already,

Despite all the great local food available it is very difficult to avoid plastic. Even on the markets fresh vegetables end up in plastic bags faster than we can shout „stop“. We now tell them right from the start that we have our own bags and hand them over before we even buy something. We try real hard to avoid plastic packaging wherever possible and we are getting better at it every day. Despite being a small village, St. Quentin-la-Poterie, has a bio-shop that offers a wide selection of unpacked products. The owner however could use some training on customer service. I guess he could boost sales significantly he would provide more information about his products and interact better with his customers. Sometimes having a good idea is just not enough. We hope that the shop will survive.

Joiz is having a blast and really likes being outdoors all day long. He accepted to let the resident cat alone but still keeps an eye on her. Guess he just can’t suppress his hunting genes. As some of his vaccinations were due we looked for a vet and found a great clinic close to Montaren. We weren’t expecting the veterinarian ready waiting and ready for us at the given time and could walk straight through. It was definitely different (and a lot  more expensive) in Switzerland.  Anyway, Joiz likes the place and is now up to date with all his vaccinations.

Besides residing in St. Quentin-la-Poterie at the moment we’re going to Uzès almost every day. The shops, the market, the “buzz” and the coffee make us go there. Our favorite place serving heavenly almond croissants and the best coffee (so far) is Café Aust which is run by 2 sisters and located just steps away from the Place aux Herbes. Uzes is already filling with tourists and we get told that it will get a lot worse in July and August. We’ll see.

As our families and friends in Germany want to see us (once in a while) as well, we will be returning to Germany in July taking our time to slowly explore the middle regions of France while driving north (well actually we’ll drive south and west first towards Carcassone before turning north). But I’ll cover that in the next post.

One Life. Live It!

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