Visiting the markets was included in our plan for each city. Whether it was the small medieval village of Villeneuve in Aveyron, the larger city of Loches outside the Loire Valley or at any of the Paris markets, there is one thing in common among “marketeers”, it is their lifestyle. In Villeneuve, we arrived to the medieval village on a quiet Sunday morning. We parked on the ring road and walked along the whispering streets to the center. Once we passed the confiture, the fleuriste and the coiffeur (always open – in every town – now matter what day), we arrived at the center square to find a bustling coffee shop and busy vendors selling, wine, preserves, pickled items, fresh veg, fish, meat and cheese – what more do you need? We needed to get to another village so we had to leave. Unfortunately, we were missing the party – church had just let out! Suddenly, our quiet whispering village was a party scene! We smiled as we passed with our bag of treasures for our drive.
We only had one day in Paris to see the markets so I was so pleased with myself when I found a publication that highlighted great young chefs AND their favorite markets. I selected two of the “greatest” markets that were on the right bank. My dad and I carefully weighed which one to attend, made our decision and planned our route to the specific market noting transportation and destinations along the way. I had to laugh when we stepped outside our hotel in St Germain and walked one block to find an entire market block. There were 5 rows, each with a vegetable, bread, cheese, seafood, meat, vendor and everything else you could by under the sun was incorporated. You could tell that customers had their favorites as they lined up patiently waiting for items. Without a kitchen to use while we were in the city it was quite frustrating seeing unique varieties of veg and rare (to us) meats and seafood that I wanted to try. I felt very quiet wandering through and noticed that I really wanted to see our vendors behind the counters and look forward to a more familiar market scene next year. In the meantime, I will seek out these great items in our area!

Popular Poire Man
Popular Poire Man
Long Leeks
Long Leeks
Le radis petit dejeuner francais (?) - donnez moi le beurre! s'il vous plaits
Le radis petit dejeuner francais (?) - donnez moi le beurre! s'il vous plaits
Earthy carrots - now that is fresh!
Earthy carrots - now that is fresh!
Peter Piper's Pickled cornichons, onions, garlic...
Peter Piper's Pickled cornichons, onions, garlic...
Hark! Who goes there?
Hark! Who goes there?
Filling the market basket
Filling the market basket
Favorite Veg Line
Favorite Veg Line
Flurry de Fleurie
Flurry de Fleurie
Romanesco, my favorite
Romanesco, my favorite
Endless rows of fromage
Endless rows of fromage
Cherry Grove Maidenhead Style Cheese!
Cherry Grove Maidenhead Style Cheese!
Slightly Grumpy Fruits de Mer
Slightly Grumpy Fruits de Mer
Comfy and pretty
Comfy and pretty
vats of goodness
vats of goodnessQu'est que c'est?
my favoriet color
my favoriet color
celeriac on steroids
celeriac on steroids
Champion Champignons - thinking of you Chris & Patty!
Champion Champignons - thinking of you Chris & Patty!
salsify to satisfy
salsify to satisfy
It's after midnight and I lost my slipper
It's after midnight and I lost my slipper
I'm in line for cheese - a happy girl
I'm in line for cheese - a happy girl
saucissons - sweet!
saucissons - sweet!

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