|La Place de la Halle|
Today we visited the market in our local town to buy some salad and a few plants for the garden. Villefranche is very quiet at this time of year, just a few locals standing around watching the world go by. Many businesses have closed down over the past decade - an old fashioned clothes shop, a newsagent, a fabulous jewellery store, a hotel, and last year one of the two butchers closed. It seems sad that the commercial centre of the town is diminishing but things liven up in the summer when the tourists arrive.
The Saturday market seems to get smaller and smaller each year, just half a dozen stalls today. The nursery man was there so Paul bought some lettuce, beetroot and parsley. We checked out Cro’s wine man; at 1.40 euros a litre for table wine pumped straight from the barrel we simply must remember to bring some empty containers next time.
A trip to town is never complete without a visit to the boulangerie. Oops, can’t resist.