Market Day in Banon

Sometimes the best laid plans have to be cast aside and that was the case last Tuesday. After taking the dog for an early-morning walk and getting everything ready for a cycle out to Roussillon for breakfast, we started to get the bikes out, only to hear the rumble of thunder coming from the valley…

A visit to Sault on Market Day

The pretty town of Sault sits on a rocky outcrop to the South East of Mont Ventoux and is at the heart of local lavender production. It sits above the valley that takes its name and the shaded Promenade opposite the Tourist Office on the road towards Aurel offers incredible views across the Southern flank…

3 ‘Small but Perfectly Formed’ Provence markets

There is something wonderful about a traditional French market and over the years we’ve spent a considerable amount of time ambling around them in different towns across the Country.The lively Saturday Market in AptThe nice thing is that each area expresses its own identity through its markets – with the wonderful seafood stalls, full of…

The fantastic Friday Market at Lourmarin

As you know I’m a real sucker for the local markets and can happily spend a whole week visiting them in turn, sitting in a café having a ‘grand-crème’ whilst watching the world go by and heading home with a basket full of the wonderful local produce, perhaps with a couple of hand-crafted pieces too….

A Saturday hop across the Rhone

Not every day starts with blue skies & sunshine in Provence and Saturday was one of those days!   When we woke, the rain was drumming on the roof & the whole place just looked soggy, so any thoughts of a bike ride went out of the window & we quickly decided on Plan B,…

Incredible views, a Citadelle & Art at Forcalquier

This morning I hopped in the car & headed across to Forcalquier, a short distance from us in the neighbouring Department of Alpes-De-Haute-Provence. Monday is its market day and provides the perfect excuse for a visit (if such a thing is needed?) and it is a lovely drive across along the northern flank of the…

A Winter’s Sunday pottering in Provence

I always love Sundays in and around the Luberon, whether it’s an early morning start in the summer to head off bargain-hunting at the vide-grenier in a nearby village or a gentle cycle out for breakfast at the wonderful ‘Farmers’ Market’ at Coustellet. In January too there’s plenty to do to keep me busy and today was…

Saturday is market day and I love it!

I always think it’s a shame that we don’t have the same approach to markets in England as they do in France. As I sit with my first coffee of the day and  a ‘pain au chocolat’ in a cafe in Apt the whole town is bustling, full of people and chatter. What is a…

Food, Flowers & Fashion -Sunday in Coustellet 

For a long time the only market we tended to go to on a Sunday was the massive event that packs the narrow streets and pretty squares of L’Isle Sur La Sorgue. We would cycle in (early)  and have breakfast at the wonderful Café de France, before wandering around the town browsing the huge number…

A market, a Citadelle & difficulties with what to wear. 

This morning I headed out of the Vaucluse and took the relatively short drive across to Forcalquier for its superb Monday market.  The drive itself is quite stunning, taking a plane-lined route along the northern edge of the Luberon, before it opens out onto a spectacular view across to the low Alps, which were still…