Fabulous Market

Next week my first workshop participants will arrive here in France.  I’m really looking forward to sharing the charms of this area of France.  One of the first things we will do is go to the Saturday Market in Revel (5 minutes from us).

Revel’s lovely central covered square was built in the 1300’s and there has been a Saturday market going on ever since.

This market has been named one of the 100 Most Beautiful Markets in France and certainly lives up to the honor. Under and around the central covered square  are vendors from the region selling gorgeous mounds of fresh produce, olives, breads, spices, cheeses, pastries,  meats,  rotisserie chickens and roasted potatoes, huge plates of bouillabaisse and paella, flowers,  plants and more and more – a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds.

The market continues down the streets that “spoke” off the central square and continue out onto the ring road that circles Revel. Here are the vendors with everything else you could want.  Clothes, baskets, fabric, linens, jewelry, purses, shoes- even a hardware store vendor and a man selling new sewing machines.

The crowd is filled with energy, greeting friends old and new and gathering at the cafes that line the central square for a cafe au lait and a pastry.

Another fabric collage from a drawing done at the cafe.