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Today I’m going to take you on a tour of the markets we visited while we were on holiday in the south of France. The French markets are truely special with the most amazing display of goods. I can share the sights with you, I just wish I could share the sounds and the smells.

This first photo is a little stall at the Rose Festival in Grasse, it is where we sampled the rose flavoured macaroons which were extremely sweet!

This market is the Marché Provençal in Antibes. So much lovely food on display here, also some not so nice stuff as well but as this is vegetarian blog there won’t be any photos of those undesirables !!! It’s the array of colours that I love, they are gorgeous!

It would be so easy to get your five a day in France as it’s all so tempting.

Not just fruit and veg though, there are herbs and spices and even some beautiful soaps.

Antibes had lots of pretty textiles for sale as well.

There are also lots of antique and collectible stalls in Antibes, selling all sorts.

How creepy do these little dolls look !!!!

The following photos are of the Flower Market held every Saturday morning in Nice. This market has the most brilliant display of flowers, fruit and vegetables. The smell of all this produce is wonderful and there is a particulary strong scent of lavender, which I wish I could share with you!

Well that’s the end of my little tour of the French markets, I hope you enjoyed it!
I’ll be back soon with the final instalment of my holiday photos, I do hope you’ll join me.

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Amanda May 24, 2011 - 7:53 pm

WOW I don’t think I could resist not bring some of those beautiful linens home as well as some new yarn, luxury soap, fresh flowers, and yummy spices. How did you resist?

WENDY May 24, 2011 - 8:51 pm

Wow!! I’m going to the south of France it’s so gorgeous!! Love the houses with the shutters and the textiles and colours oh my goodness your photos are so nice Viv! Look forward to seeing your next theme??

faith76 May 24, 2011 - 9:00 pm

It looks fabulous – my kind of paradise with plenty of food and shopping combined. x

Leah x

harmony and rosie May 24, 2011 - 9:07 pm

Now I’m really swooning .. the red quilt, the furniture, the courgette flowers, those fabulous oranges. And everything else really. Thank you for the visual feast xx

Jane May 24, 2011 - 10:38 pm

Lovely photos of the markets Vivienne. Interesting that they sell corgette flowers as well as the veg! I agree those dolls are very hammer horror! Looking forward to seeing your last instalment.
Jane x

Patty May 24, 2011 - 10:48 pm

Hi Vivienne, your post reminds me to say Happy Vegetarian week, I’m having too busy a week for much food prep so I think I’ll celebrate with some cooking next week.
It’s great to see the vibrant market stalls, I remember visiting Brussels and seeing similar beautifully displayed stalls (even the fish stalls…. wash my mouth out!). Goodness they make our stalls look so dull over here.
How tempting, I can feel my purse groaning just from looking at a distance. I want the textiles, the lavender, the asparagus, soap, etc etc.

alisonb2 May 24, 2011 - 11:29 pm

We are so ordinary over here, or perhaps it is the sun which makes it look so special! Thanks for the tour. The textiles look wonderful!

lily May 25, 2011 - 7:46 am

What a treasure trove of delectable goodies, so colourful, a real feast for the eyes, I would have to practise great restraint in these markets, or else come away with a much depleted purse.

lily x

Gwyneth Depport May 25, 2011 - 8:56 am

looks like a grand day out!

Helen Philipps May 25, 2011 - 10:25 am

Really wonderful photos, Vivienne – I was fascinated to see them. I enjoyed every one of them, but most especially the basket full of linen embroidered hearts and the lavender bags – such scent there must have been! The fruits and vegetables laid out in markets always look beautiful to me, and France must be one of the very best places to see them! These are special pix, Vivienne and I might have to go back and have another look – and also book a hol to the South of France! Have a happy week, despite the grey old weather here..btw my lupin got broken off in the wind 🙁 Hope yours are ok!
Helen x

simone May 25, 2011 - 3:31 pm

If only the markets in the UK were like the ones in France!!! My local market sells synthetic clothing,a few tatty old veg stalls, and cheap looking bric-a-brac! This blog post has been so visually inspiring, especially the soaps and the flowers and everything! Thanks for sharing with us Viv. x

Jenny May 25, 2011 - 8:14 pm

Wow, those markets look amazing, how fantastically colourful they are! Love that green table and chair set in one of your photos, it’s a gorgeous colour… would give those creepy dolls a miss though, they’re horrible!! Looks like you had such a wonderful time, I could spend hours wandering around markets like that. Anwyay hope you’re becoming accustomed to the rubbish British weather now your back, have a great rest of your week xx

Kristyne May 25, 2011 - 11:29 pm

I love all the sewing & crafty things all organized like that. But those little naked dolls … a bit creepy, eh?! 😉

Gina May 26, 2011 - 2:30 pm

What stunning displays. Our markets here just don’t even compare.

Emma Angel May 26, 2011 - 2:53 pm

Such glorious colours and so many different things. Nor like our markets at all.

Mia May 27, 2011 - 10:52 am

It looks just gorgeous, Viv! All those flowers, soaps, food…It’s just so beautiful! Makes an ordinary weekend-shopping in a local mall here just… pretty plain I would say 😉

Have a wonderful and sunny weekend!


julie May 29, 2011 - 9:02 pm

Now why oh why can’t we have markets like that? I’d never set foot in a supermarket as long as I lived if I had the option to do my weekly shopping there – heavenly!

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