Market Day at Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val

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Sunday markets are really important when one arrives for a week’s stay … and the market at St Antonin was perfect for buying the produce for the next few days and for seeing what regional products are on display. First, the essentials – bread, cheese, meat, fruit, vegetables, and of course wine! The artisanal beers are worth trying too, according to my man! This market winds it’s way through the pretty little town, with stalls selling high quality merchandise and amazing-looking fresh fruit and vegetables. As a treat, we bought from a vendor 2 delicious beef bourgignon pies for tonight’s meal – yummy! This little stall selling “Secret Animals” caught my fancy!

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Enjoyed a cold Schweppes tonic in the market square, entertained by intinerant musicians, and by the butchery stall beside us, where the vendors were busy preparing platters of cold meat to sell to the bar patrons at 5 euros a plate.

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We were tempted, but decided to lunch at a bistro behind the bell tower. great setting, poor service ! The trouble, as is often the case, was that there are not enough waiting staff to cope with the ever-increasing numbers of diners. A long wait for an order to be taken, then the wrong dish delivered (and accepted, because we didn’t want yet another long wait), and the usual basket of bread arrived just as we finished the meal. Eh bien, c’est la vie!

As is also usual on market day, parking is at a premium, so we enjoyed a lengthy stroll back to the car, through the little winding alleyways of this attractive medieval town.

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“Home” to unload the provisions and walk up the road to the church and viewpoint, where there was a book sale. Any book for 1 Euro! We bought quite a few, and headed at last to our refuge from the heat, in our little secluded courtyard.

Happy bookseller, happy buyer!

Beef bourgignon pies await!

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