Colors Of Provence II: Market Time!

by Becky on July 2, 2013 · 7 comments

in Travel

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Usually, heading to the market means: a hasty list scribbled on a post-it note. And a typical list might read: toothpaste, bagels, shoelaces for Goose’s Converse. And when it comes time to refer to the post-it note, I might realize: Oh, left it at home (which means it’s lost forever). And therefore a trip to the market becomes: guesswork.

But pretty much anywhere in Provence, heading out to the market requires absolutely no post-it note, and guesswork is of course welcome.

No one even minds that you talk to yourself, that you just continaully keep saying over and over, No!–you’re kidding me. (Like when the local macaroon maker insists you try the almond ones, then the pistachio, then the orange blossom . . .) Or that you are heard to exclaim, Oh . . . my! (Like when the endless stacks of Provencal linens frankly just defy understanding.) Or that, to whoever will listen, you insist, Smell-this-smell-this-smell-this! (Like when the fragrant, locally-made soaps make you positively silly.)


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During our trip to France, the Eleven O’Clock Dad and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. By marketing. I couldn’t imagine a grander way to ring in year twenty-six.

Karen L July 2, 2013 at 3:29 pm

The markets!!! I’m pretty sure I just swooned 😉

Happy Anniversary!

Becky July 2, 2013 at 10:50 pm

I’m still swooning! And thank you for the happy wishes. You’re a love! xxx

Tami Holmes July 2, 2013 at 8:48 pm

You can probably guess my favorites! Olives and sunflowers and linens of course!!! Loving all your posts from Provence : ) Happy belated Anniversary love! kiss, kiss, and kiss again ; )

Becky July 2, 2013 at 10:49 pm

Why hello! Were I able to haul every one of those olives home for you, I would. Along with the sunflowers and linens. Ah!–and I see you’re getting the three-kiss ritual down! xxx

RachelJL July 5, 2013 at 4:29 am

I can’t tell you how much this makes me miss it there! The markets are the best! (and the days when I wasn’t allergic to the sachets of lavender, lol…)

RachelJL July 6, 2013 at 9:51 am

I was glancing at this again today, and I could have sworn that I smelled lavender for a moment…

Becky July 6, 2013 at 10:12 am

Rachel, who’s to say you didn’t?? 🙂



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