French market love

French markets are a feast for all the senses, from the stunning displays of meat, fish, fruit and vegetable to the delicious smells of fresh baked bread, roasting chickens and  fresh flowers.  Even ripe cheese such as camembert  and goats cheese add to the heady fragrant atmosphere! Here are photos from some of my favourite French markets in Sanary sur Mer, Bandol, Antibes and Nice in the south of France; Bergerac in the south west and Montreuil Sur Mer and Etaples in the north.

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Nice Festival of Folklore

French Shopping Provence textiles

Celebrating the culture, language and local traditions, Lu Festin de Nissa (Nice Folklore Festival) takes place at the Jardins de Cimiez in May. These gardens also boast Roman ruins and the Museum of Matisse. The women in the dance troupe wear traditional dress in designs typical of Provence – the inspiration for some of our tablecloths!

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French Vintage Style Shopping in Nice

Nice is a vintage lover’s paradise, with a regular brocante market held in Place Garibaldi on the third Saturday of the month. A stroll round the town’s old quarter will also reveal retro and shabby chic treasures on almost every corner.


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Provencale market in old Antibes


The delightful Marche Provencal on  Cours Massena in old Antibes is everything you expect from a traditional French market.  With stalls groaning under the weight of fresh fruit and vegetables and lots of local specialties including freshly made socca from a mobile wood oven, this really is a foodie paradise!

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