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Sunday Market

sunny 24 °C

The French have been embroiled in religious wars since the dark ages and Languedoc Roussillon has seen more than its fair share of blood spilled in the name of god. So, for a country whose roots are so pedantically wedded to religion, it’s surprising to discover that the main Sunday morning attraction is no longer the church, it’s the market.
This market hall in Lagrasse, near Carcassonne, was built in 1324 and has been in use ever since…
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The Parisian markets are legendary, but for a true taste of local produce you need to come here, to a market like this one in Collioure - a few miles north of the Spanish border - where the ancient market square is shaded from the bright sun by a canopy of plane trees …
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Collioure is a quaint Mediterranean fishing port sheltering under the lee of the Pyrenees mountains. This part of the coast has a near tropical micro-climate and people are still sunbathing on the sandy beaches and even swimming in the sea. The port of Collioure is renowned for its anchovy fleet and a handful of castles built by the Knights Templar in the 13th and 14th Centuries.
Here are a few of the traditional anchovy boats in front of one of the castles. …
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But, back to the market. We arrived a little late to grab the best of the fruit and veg but there was still plenty of local goodies on offer. Here’s the olive grower's finest products ….
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… and the onion man's offerings... …
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… and here's the flower gal…
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We bought five-year-old Brebis - local sheep’s cheese that is so strong it bites back - from this stall …

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a wild boar sausage - saucisson de sanglier - from this young lady…
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and Herbs de Provence here….
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And, naturally, this being a fishing port, here’s the fishmonger ...
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The rich sedimentary soils of the valleys, the abundance of spring water and three hundred sunny days a year makes this a natural garden of Eden. What more could anyone pray for on a gloriously warm Sunday morning at the end of October?

Posted by Hawkson 09:26 Archived in France

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Your descriptions are so vivid, you are even making Allyson envious of you being in France! She is here, with my little Sam right now, in Winnipeg..lots of fun!
hugs
Sharron

by Sharron

Oh my! I do love markets and this one looks fabulous. My favourite way to spend a Sunday morning. Enjoy! Hugs, T

by Trudy

yes it's great in Vietnam we have sunday market also, if you like to go feel free visit at http://www.originvietnam.com

by Originviet

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