The start of House sitting
Thank god we are out that Air B n B, shockingly on our last night it was the noisiest it has ever been so we both never slept a wink! Great news is that we are off today to the South of France for our first every housesit! We are part of trustedhousesitters which I have written about before, allowing us to watch people’s pets/houses while they are on holiday. Pretty much apart from work.away these are the 2 companies we are using to keep costs down while traveling, while also giving back and meeting some amazing people.
On this particular house sit, we would be staying in Uzes, South of France about 40 minutes from Nimes. We hopped aboard a beautiful train from Gare De Lyon in Paros and 3 hours later we were in sunny, hot Nimes waiting for our car rental. After our disaster in Iceland with our rental, I can honestly say that this experience was perfect. We hired for SIXT and the girl that served us was ace, and she even changed our drop off to the Airport for Sunday to save us some time and cash.
The drive to Uzes was picturesque - rolling hills, vineyards and orchards for miles. The small towns we passed were so ancient and med evil that my smile reached ear to ear as we got closer to our destination. We were so early upon arrival that we spent some time in the town to grab a bite to eat and explore. A question I asked myself when walking this small town was ‘Have you ever experienced the real France?’ Because while wandering these streets, I can now say I have.
I’m not talking about the sidewalk cafes of Paris, the Eiffel Tower, or candy-coloured pastries stacked prettily in a window. What I mean is the baguette-in-a-handbag-on-the-way-home-from-the-markets kind of France, usually found in tiny towns in the countryside. As it was Monday and lunch time, the town was deserted so we could walk aimlessly, totally alone, snapping photos and peeking in the windows of small shops and galleries.
We arrived at our house sit around 2pm as by that point it was literally too hot to explore any more. Our hosts Johnathon and Alice welcomed us with warm hugs and smiles. They were off to Barcelona so we would be looking after their 2 poodles – Chauncey and Maggie. Beautiful dogs but holy fuck, Chauncey is a horse. This dog is a fluffy monster whereas Maggie is smaller, and certainly the cuddliest of both. The house is amazing, located 5kms from the town of Uzes, it’s a lifestyle property with a pool, vines, fig orchards and it just perfect for our first sit. Take a look for yourself, isn't it nice?
We spent the afternoon enjoying getting to know our hosts, the doggles and tasting some of Southern Frances best Rose which was delightful before heading into town for dinner that evening. We were both exhausted and when we heard that the reservations was 8pm, I nearly died as we were starving and exhausted. After a tiki tour of the area and being totally overwhelmed with the beauty of the surrounding towns however, I caught a second wind and we sat up drinking wine and eating A LOT of food for hours then strolled through the beautifully lit town.
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Hey! I'm Ally. I left the UK in 2011 to move overseas and ended up in New Zealand - my new home. This year we are taking a gap year to loop the world stopping in some AMAZING destinations - and I'm passionate about sharing these adventures with you!