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The village of Russan (Ste Anastasie)
 

Looking down on the village of Russan - showing Gorges and the Garrigues one side of the 
river and gentle vines and sunflowers on the village side - the Cevennes in the distance.

Our cottage is at the end of a small cul-de-sac - Impasse de-la-Calade.
Leaving the cottage you walk about 80 metres down the Rue-de-la-Calade
and you are right in the village square - the Place-de-la-Fontaine.
The village square with its fountain, shady Plane trees and boules court. The small
food shop carries most things and there is the post office, a hairdresser and the
bar / café / newsagent. Our cottage is just up the street from the hairdresser.

   

Left - a typical street in the village - many of the stone houses have big
garden courtyards behind their great arched doors fronting the narrow streets.
Right - sit down and enjoy a coffee, a glass of wine or a soft drink in the Place -

- or pop into the little food shop - Alimentation - to pick up anything you might need.
This is Nathalie who used to be in charge but it is now run by new owners.

The Boulangerie just off the Place for fresh bread and croissants every morning.

   
Left and right - a traditional French village wedding at Russan - the bride and groom followed by 
all the wedding guests walk to the Place-de-la-Fontaine from the Mairie after the Civil ceremony - 
stop for a quick drink - then all walk across the Place to the church for the second ceremony.
Continue on through the Place - looking back at the post office and the food shop
to explore the winding little streets on the other side of the square as they climb up the hills -

 - from where there are excellent views out over the Cevennes mountains in one direction.
- and view of the Gorges-du-Gardon taken from the highest point in the village -

there are several official walking tracks through the gorges which start in our village
- routes and directions are on a plaque in the Place. It is wonderful walking country.
Coming back again down the hill looking out again over the
roman tiled roofs of the village of Russan.

A concert was given by the music group in the village one evening -

and it was really enjoyed by everyone there.



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The village of Russan (Ste Anastasie)

Russan is situated on the River Gard (or River Gardon), half way between Uzès and Nimes in the region 
known as the Garrigues. It is a village of about 300 people and is typically provençal in character 
with houses of pale creamy-grey stone and a haphazard roofscape of soft orange coloured Roman tiles.  
It has a large central square shaded by lines of plane trees with a fountain in the middle.  
        Our cottage is about 100 metres up from the square in a small impasse.  Most of the streets rise up the hills 
around the square, except for one side which has the church,  then an arched bridge leading over the River Gard 
into the Gorges du Gardon and over the garrigues to Nimes. 
There are several shops around the square - an Alimentation or general store, 
the Post Office,  hairdresser, newsagent and the bar / café and  the Boulangerie. 
Russan is a lively village with quite a young, permanent  population, so there is 
also a creche, kindergarten, and the Mairie. 
 
It is also wonderful walking country. Several designated long distance walking trails around the 
Gorges du Gardon start from our village so it is quite common to see hikers taking a rest beside the fountain.  
Apart from the Garrigues, the countryside around the Russan is gentle and undulating and mainly planted with 
vines for the Côtes de Rhone appellation, sunflowers and asparagus. There are excellent local wines. 
Shopping - larger supermarkets at St Chapte and La Calmette and everything at Uzès, 13 kms 


 
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