View from the sundeck

View across the garden to Mouret

View across the garden to Bayard

Your host Steve Hedges

Communal shaded terrace

Communal pool and sundeck

Local Market Towns

Local Market Towns

Most French towns have regular market days. The markets are usually a mix of stalls selling local food and produce plus clothes, fabric, shoes, utensils, jewelry, and household items. Most food stall holders will let you try before you buy but if you need to prompt them the phrase is "Gouté, s'il vous plait?"

Location
Time from
Domaine des Etoiles
Day
Bram
30 minutes
Wednesday morning
Carcassonne
30 minutes
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
Castelnaudary
30 minutes
Monday
Chalabre
30 minutes
Saturday
Collioure*
2 hour 30 minutes
Wednesday, Sunday.
Couisa
30 minutes
Tuesday (small)
Esperaza
35 minutes
Thursday, Sunday.
Gruissan*
1 hour 30 minutes
Wednesday, Saturday
Lagrasse
30 minutes
Saturday
Lezignan-Corbieres
1 hour
Wednesday (large market)
Limoux
15 minutes
Friday
Mirepoix
30 minutes
Monday
Narbonne*
1 hour 15 minutes
Monday to Saturday
Quillan
45 minutes
Wednesday,Saturday
Revel
1 hour
Saturday

*market towns on the Mediterranean coast, combine a trip to the market with a visit to the sea side. Great fun to buy things for a picnic lunch or if you go to the market in Narbonne the cafes in the market hall will cook what you buy. There are other markets a bit like car boot sales that are interesting and fun to visit - brocantes, puces, and vide-greniers. The brocantes are markets where people sell used things, household items, clothes not really antiques but a lot of very interesting things. The puces - flea markets are mainly clothes. If you like to rummage the interesting ones are vide-greniers and foires brocantes. "vide-grenier" means empty attic, or empty the attic, it's usually a combination of local people and dealers. Angela Rippon wrote about the fabulous vide-grenier at Mirepoix in an article for Guardian Unlimited about the best flee markets in Europe.A foire brocante is along similar lines to a vide-grenier, but with more dealers and generally higher prices.

 
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