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avril 2000
Uzès, France

A Visitor from Peterborough via Anduze

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Frances from NH, staying in the nearby town of Anduze, came to Uzès...and the town was decked out in spring flowers!

 

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Frances and Sandra make the rounds at the Saturday market...

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...joining the crowds for a taste of the region.

 

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Sunday is a great day to visit a château...
so we were off to Tarascon, a town with a fortified castle overlooking the Rhône river.

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The arches, the doorways, the tapestries,
the gremlins....

 

King René's castle is enormous, with a collection of 17th century Flemish tapestries depicting Hannibal's escapades...Hannibal and his elephants are reputed to have crossed the Rhone at Tarascon in the 2nd century BC...

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The castle epitomizes medieval fortress construction. Here is the view from the parapet, across the Rhône to the enemy castle at Beaucaire...

 

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The mistral was really blowing, especially on top, but we held on so we could take in the views from all sides!

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The castle's turrets overlook the interior garden, where these lilies seem particularly appropriate during Easter week.

Tarascon's castle is a marvel and well worth a visit, even in the wind. 

Thanks to Frances for inspiring me to visit this magnificent castle on the Rhône!

 

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