• Anonymous

    (Lourmarin)
    Aix
    Isles Sur La Sorgue
    Carpentras
    Marseilles
    Arles
    Bonnieux
    Cassis
    Nimes
    Orange

    When we are travelling in your area, these are some of our favourite markets. I will send my contact information under separate cover…in case I win!!!

    We love the post!

    Ciao
    Bob and Sandy

  • Hi Bob and Sandy,

    So good to hear from you! Your markets are noted and, of course, my lips are sealed! Do send your contact information.

    Many thanks!

    Susan

  • Wow… such memories of our Market days in Lourmarin! Thank you for the incredible aromas, beautiful visuals and delectable flavors. Mark and I would love to be there now! While I may not venture to guess all nine markets (in addition to Lourmarin), I know you will be in Cucuron on Tuesday for M. Fromage! (Oh, qui'il est beau, ce mec la…!) For us, we would not miss the markets in Aix, Cucuron (perhaps my favorite in terms of beauty), Ile sur la Sorgue, the Arab market in Marseille and Cadenet. And while we didn't get to the markets in Gordes, Roussillon or Bonnieux, I would add them to my list because the towns are so beautiful that I can only imagine the markets would be, too! And just maybe I would have to hit the market in Cavaillon to pick up a few of those amazing melons… Again, thank you for taking us back there with this wonderful tour of the market in Lourmarin! Bisous, David

  • Wouldn't it be wonderful to be sitting in La Bonbonnière courtyard, having just finished a dinner made from our market purchases?

    You know many of my market secrets…and, yes, M. Fromage in Cucuron is the place to buy cheese…not just for the cheese 😉

    bisous à toi!

  • Lis

    you have been busy again….it looks wonderful (and no, you're not biased) and while I'm printing it all out on the colour printer, I'm sending you a line or two….we'll be there on the 6th….and looking forward to too, as it's one of our favourite markets in la belle Provence….when are we having that glass or two or…of the local grapes?"

    PS! I bought several pieces of lovely clothes at 'the linen clothes' stall where I think you're featuring your good self….a few female colleagues have commented on how much they like the linen clothes I bring back from from la belle Provence, as we do not have clothes like this in the UK….love it, love it…."

  • Hi Lis,
    We must have that elusive glass of wine sometime soon. I know you will soon be on your way to your lovely apartment– readers, note that Lis also rents her apartment, which my be viewed by clicking on Lis's name above–and I hope your travels are safe and that your stay is as magical as always.

    You must have some favorite markets…let us know!!

    Amitiés,
    Susan

  • Anonymous

    Many thanks Susan – well for me I would have to start with….well that would be….

    Friday, the Lourmarin market, and no Susan, you're not biased, we love it, and I'm glad to say we'll be there very shortly….

    Saturday – Aix-en-Provence (some will say Apt, which is nice too, but we do love Aix, so…) but Uzes in the Gard is lovely too…and if you decide to visit Uzes, do make sure to visit the famous Pont du Gard, but whatever you age, maybe a little detour would be the Haribo sweet factory (your children will love you for it)….

    Sunday – l'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, it's just wonderful, if not a little too busy at times, but that has never stopped us going (if you have small children, buggies are best avoided – or bring a light collapsible one)…and we'll soon be there again….after lunch do make sure to take the time to visit Fontaine-de-Vaucluse only a short drive away….

    Tuesday – Vaison-la-Romaine….on your way back make sure to visit Seguret and les Dentelles (= lace – and that's just what these rocks/mountains looks like) and if you like wine, that would be a silly question for most of us, well, then you'll find yourselves in the Gigondas region and wine is very much what it's known for, so enjoy….

    Wednesday – St Remy-e-Provence it's just lovely….and you could visit Les Baux de Provence on your way back….but park below Les Baux, as it's very expensive to park up and above….

    ….and then I'm back to – guess which place….well that would be Lourmarin….and it's Friday market once again – and that's here we'll go again, if we're in la belle Provence for 2 weeks….however, my hubby thinks that you can have the odd day off les marche….well, I'm not sure I agree with him, so I might just grab my French bag, camera and jump in the car and goexploring, as there might just be another wonderful march just down the road, which means another info to add to our BIG info folder in our apartment….

    Whatever you decide – enjoy as there are so many lovely markets in Provence….and do bring you baskets, as these will fill up very quickly with the best fresh produce there is – and do not forget your cameras, as the colours and objects/things are so wonderful, no wonder a 'few' painters found this part of France particular inspiring – just look up and there's that wonderful blue sky….it's called Provence….enjoy….

    Lis 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Lourmarin
    Cucuron
    Apt
    Aix
    Isle-sur-la-Sorgue
    Vaison
    Bonnieux
    La Tour d'Aigues
    Saint-Remy
    Arles

    Ciao,
    Richard H. of Kingston, RI (you know how to find me)

  • 10 markets in Provence are…
    1. Lourmarin on Friday.
    2. Isle sur la Sourue on Sunday
    3. Cucuron on Tuesday
    4. Aix en Provence
    5. Arles Wednesday and Saturday
    6. Gordes on Tuesday
    7. Apt on Saturday
    8.Roussillon on Thursday
    9. Sault on Wednesday
    10.Cassis on Wednesday and Friday

  • Un gran merci à tout le monde! All wonderful choices…although not quite the ones we have chosen–with great difficulty–to feature! Try again! Only a few more hours!

    Amitiés,
    Susan

  • A question for our readers:

    Monte Dolack, who, with his wife, has stayed with us on two occasions, has asked about a good source for herbes de Provence source….any ideas? (See our earlier article on these herbes: http://bit.ly/f5cpv1 )

    I am inclined to agree with him that the best is, really, right from the market! We wonder if herbs de Provence –from Provence–would be a good item to make available for sale on our blog. Any thoughts?

    To learn more about Monte and his wife, both artists who often travel to France and paint, see our earlier post about him at http://bit.ly/gMG9ug

    Amitiés,
    Susan

  • Congratulations to Richard H. of Kingston, Rhode Island! He correctly identified 6 of the 9 Markets of Provence that we will profile over the next few months. There are so many wonderful markets from which to choose that I know this was a difficult task! The markets were chosen on the basis of quality of the vendors, the venue itself, and practical reasons such as day of the week, parking and lay-out.

    The markets are:
    Cucuron
    Aix
    Apt
    Vaison
    Carpentras
    Saint-Remy
    Isle-sur-la-Sorgue
    Cadenet
    Gordes

    Watch for the posts to understand why we made these choices, although it was tough! Truly, it is hard to go wrong!

    Thank you to everyone who posted their entries here, who sent me emails, and who talked directly with me. It was great to hear your thoughts.

    Un gran merci,
    Susan

  • Cindy

    Has this market been changed to Mondays? Thank you.

  • Linda

    Wondering if the markets are nearly as enticing in March — or even at Christmas time? Your market article stirred the senses…I'm catching wafts of Lourmarin roasted chicken here in Maine. Thanks!

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