Anduze Travel Guide

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Anduze Things to Do

  • Bamboos and sequoias

    Giant bamboos and giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) fit well together. They have about the same height. Along the central alley, the Sequoia have been planted a century ago every fifty meters. They are now very high. The bamboo shoots grow mush faster and each shoot reaches its definitive height in one year.

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  • Flood

    All what we have visited can be completely flooded. On the house where the offices of the "bambouseraie" are located, the blue label shows the heights reached by the November 2003 flood. The whole garden was under water.Higher on the wall, another darker label shows the level reached in 1957 (not sure of the exact date)

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  • The Washingtonia filifera avenue

    The Washingtonia filifera avenue. The part of the estate where they grow has a very different look than the more classical parts of the "bambouseraie". They were planted about fifty years ago and have not yet reached their full size.

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  • The japanese garden

    The Japanese garden is a new part of the "bambouseraie". When we visited the "bambouseraie", it has been planted a few month earlier and everything has not grown yet. We will come back later to see how it is looking once fully grown !

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  • Quiet little stream

    A quiet little stream of water leads to the Japanese garden, a little further. This stream looks so calm that you would never believe that some years, together with other little streams, it can flood the whole estate under several meters of water.

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  • Bamboo vault

    A bamboo vault leads to another part of the "bambouseraie" with palm trees and a Japanese garden. The bamboo shoots are curved immediately after they have been picked. When dry, they would not bend like that but once bent early, they keep this curved shape.

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  • Shelter for the animals

    The Cambodian village does not only mean houses for the people but also shelter for the animals, as it would have been in a true Cambodian village. Animals are black porks and wonderfully colored poultry.

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  • Cambodian village

    For some years now, the managerial team of the "Bambouseraie" have established cooperation with Cambodia. The Cambodian village has been build with the bamboos grown here by a team of Cambodian that have spent several month here.

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  • Various colors

    Some bamboos are black, even when they are young (Phyllostachis nigra). Others are yellow whatever their age. On this picture, you will see the black-stemmed bamboos on the left and the yellow stemmed on the right.

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  • Inside the bamboo

    The bamboo stem is made of several closed segments. This adds to its strength. The sap does not circulate in the inner part of the bamboo, which is closed every 10 centimeters or so, but in the bamboo walls.

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  • Wider than an adult's hand

    Phyllostachis pubescens is also called the giant bamboo. . The reason is that some of the Phyllostachis pubescens stems can grow thicker than an adult's hand. That is what can be seen on this picture. They also grow very fast, sometimes 20-30 cm per day and eventually more !

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  • Upwards to the sky (tentatively !)

    These giant bamboos can grow to amazing heights and for example, can reach thirty meters. They are stronger than steel. In some countries, they are used in building instead of steel for reinforced concrete.

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  • Thick bushes of bamboos

    The bamboos are perfectly at ease in this place. The soil, moisture and climate is perfectly adapted to their needsand they grow very fast. They grow as thick bushes, just as they do in southeastern Asia. Only the tiger is (thankfully) missing !

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  • Giant bamboos

    Giant bamboos are Phyllostachis pubescens. They grow on both sides of the main alley of the "Bambouseraie" of Prafrance. Their heights make them very impressive, especially when the wind blows strongly.

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  • Washingtonia filifera flowers and fruits

    Washingtonia filifera bears flowers and fruits are bright yellow. They add a touch of color on the greenish tone of the leaves and on the brown color of the trunk. The fruits are hard and dry and not edible.

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  • Beautiful Washingtonia filifera

    Though the Washingtonia filifera is not as impressive as the giant bamboos, and more specifically are much smaller, it has a very special habit. I like it very much and find it is very elegant. BTW, it is possible to buy young plants to bring back home, what we did.

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  • Narrow path

    Here, we are taking a narrow path between two bushes of bamboos. You can walk for several hours in the bambouseraie, always with different sights, given by the various species of bamboos and other exotic trees and plants.

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  • Attic for the crops

    The Cambodian village has also facilities to store the crops. The crops are kept in kind of attics built on high poles. Thus, they are protected both from the moisture of the soil and from appetite of the rats.

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Anduze Hotels

  • les 4 sources

    Route de Saint Jean du Gard - Corbes, Anduze, 30140, France

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

Anduze Restaurants

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    by JLBG Updated Nov 25, 2004

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    They have the "Trénel millavois" and the typical Cévenol sausage. They have also a very tasty dried ham, and a whole set of delicatessen, all made with local porks that have the main part of their life in the open.

    Favorite Dish: The "Trénel millavois" is a must taste

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Anduze Warnings and Dangers

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    by JLBG Updated Nov 25, 2004

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    Look at the middle road sign of the left row. This is for those who understand French but I will try to translate.

    Oh nooo ! They can't do that ! It's too mean, they won't !

    Translation :
    "Maison de retraite" : home for the retired workers.
    "Déchetterie" : wastes deposit.

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  • Delicatessen

    The pork butcher prepares a lot of local delicatessen. The sausages are very good. Local smoked ham is also delicious. The "tripoux" is made with tripes cooked a long time with various vegetables. It is very tasty. Try the sausages and the "tripoux"

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  • Local products

    On the streets that lead to the market, some booths are installed and resident shop keeper push their goods into the street (pedestrian only at market time !) to be at the same level. Here, local products "Au regal Cévenol" ! So many dishes to taste !

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  • Local fruits, direct from the garden

    Fruits and salads are coming directly from local gardens. The strawberries have a terrific fragrance. They have certainly not be grown on fertilizers and are not from the new varieties that keep well but hardly smell anything ! Fragrance of the strawberries

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