Saturday, 1 April 2017

Market Day

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.

wine man

A trip to town is never complete without a visit to the boulangerie.  Oops, can’t resist.




10 comments:

  1. It's bright and sunny here, blue sky and happy feeling. France looks decidedly dull today.

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    1. Cool and showery today but I'm happy because it's chocolate and whisky tonight in front of a log fire.

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  2. A beautiful sunny day here, too, and everywhere has a fresh just-washed look to it.
    Market day in Calpe, too, but it's mostly tourist stuff. There used to be an excellent fruit and veg market too, but it's been moved, and there is no parking anywhere nearby, so is now inaccessible to anyone other than immediate locals.

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    1. Not easy parking in Spanish seaside resorts unless you know exactly where to go. Missing juicy Spanish tomatoes and oranges now.

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  3. Is the wine man's wine worth drinking? It certainly sounds good value.

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    1. Everyone seems to buy it so I shall give it a go next time we see him. If it's not nice I shall use it for cooking!

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  4. I must have just missed you. I bought wine, eggs, and a Cauli. I was also tempted by the Asparagus lady, but I prefer the green.

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    1. We might actually meet one day!

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  5. !.40 euros for a litre of table wine in a plastic container? But does it have the vital "appellation controlee" validation? Oh and what is it called - "Vin du Acide Sulfurique"?

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    1. More like Vin d'Acide Acetic. If I can't drink it I can always use it for removing nail varnish.

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