Sunday, May 1, 2011

The Markets of France and Belgium

Ooh la la!! I was hoping to be able to find at least one market on our trip, but we found 4!! A flower and plant market (I'll post about that in a day or so), as well as 3 veggie markets. The veggie markets were also filled with stalls of cheeses, breads, pastries, meat, fish, clothes, household goods and such. We thoroughly enjoyed each one, often buying roasted chicken, bread, fruits (strawberries from spain were in season - so delicious!) and a selection of cheese for a picnic lunch. The weather was heavenly - about 20 to 25 C every day and the sun felt wonderful.. we did have a few drizzly days towards the end while in Bruges, Belgium, but it was such a picturesque town, that we didn't care..

Anyway, back to the topic at hand - the markets.. here is a bit of a photo essay on some of the sights - just wish I could also share the smells, tastes and sounds!

Such a wide variety of garlic - why don't our markets have this!!

In season - forced asparagus.. some were 2 inches across.

What says 'France' better than French Breakfast radishes? They were everywhere.!

Button onions.. just picked and so pretty.

We ate so many massive artichokes as we drove along the highways.. a true taste of spring.

Grown in Spain, these tomatoes really took my eye. 

These fluted tomatoes were everywhere - HUGE! Some weighed 3 pounds!!

Sweet, juicy and very fragrant.. small pocket melons.

An eye-catching display of veggies at a market in Senlis, France.


  1. More please!!

  2. What a wonderful way to begin the season. Thanks for sharing your trip with us!

  3. Thanks for sharing! I'd drink entirely to much beer if I went to Belgium :)


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