Sunday in Ventimiglia, Italy

It’s become a bit of a tradition now, when in Nice on a Friday and not much else is planned, to take the train over to Ventimiglia, an Italian town on the coast just on the other side of the border and about a 1/2 hour from Nice. It is quite a large market that meanders along the coastal boardwalk, featuring clothing, leather goods, scarfs and shoes at one and food booths at the other. We usually always stock up on parmesan cheese (try the samples to get the one that you like best) and wonderful salami sausages. I think it’s a decent market and enjoy going. But do avoid it in the summer months, there’s just way too many people.

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Provencal Markets

Market day at L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

Going to a market in Provence is a must as there is just so much to see and Provence has so much to offer with herbs, flowers, fruit, vegetable and handicrafts. We went to the market in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue on Sunday and it was packed with both people and stands. L’Isle is also an amazing town for antiques, not just on Sundays at the market but all year round with many, many antique stores. I’m sure much of what ends up decorating the newly purchased homes of expats comes from here. If you go, make sure you also visit Fountaine-de-Vaucluse, which is at the base of the mountain where the Surge river begins. Very cute town with the river running through it, and a great place to have lunch, especially if its hot out. Route de Fountaine, which takes you from Sorgue to Fountaine, is a beautiful drive, lined with tall, shading Sycamore trees.

Here’s a list of the some of the markets and the days on which they happen:

Monday: Bedoin, Cavaillon, Mazan Tuesday: Avignon, Beaumes de Venise, Gordes, Vaison-la-Romaine Wednesday: Avignon Thursday: Avignon, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Orange, Robion, Roussillon Friday: Avignon, Bonnieux, Carpentras, Cavaillon, Chateau-Nuef-du-Pape Saturday: Avignon, Cadenet, Menerbes, Mirabeau, Pernes-les-Fountaine Sunday: Ansouis-Avignon, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Maubec