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Monday, March 14, 2011

Why Visiting a Local Market is a Must


One of my most memorable moments in Paris was a Saturday morning stroll along the Bassin de la Vilette (a canal) in February 2010. It was super bowl weekend and some of my compatriots were HUGE Saints fans, their excitement was certainly palpable. We were staying at a near by youth hostel when we decided to take a stroll late that morning. After about 100 meters of walking down the canal the smells of the market slammed our noes holes with a symphony of scents.

Imagine, if you will, a simple town square, maybe the one to the right perhaps. Every weekend, all across France, these spaces are transformed into a busy bustling market. The sounds of merchants shouting in English "One Euro, One Euro, One Euro," along with the beautiful array of fresh cheeses, fruits, vegetables make for an amazing morning. When we visited the market in Paris, a friend of mine, who was particularly fond of green beans, bought 2 kilos! Needless to say, we were well supplied for a week or so.  Pea soufflé anyone?

Whenever you visit France, make sure that you take the time one weekend to visit a market, then have lunch in a near by park with some fresh goodies. You will not regret it!

Have you ever been to a market whilst traveling? Tell us about it in the comments!


Images: (1) French Market by Jean Louis Zimmerman; (2) Empty Square by Todd Baker