Saturday, July 27, 2013

Traditional Marais Poitevin market

Following our second night of storms we awoke this morning to a clear blue sky and a fresh day, even if it was a little damp underfoot. I'm not a fan of storms and I'd even go as far as to say that if I was a pet dog I would be one who cried, whimpered and needed to be consoled in your bed during a storm, unlike our Mini who thankfully doesn't notice them.

We packed the bikes and a picnic and set off nice and early for one of our favourite places, the Marais Poitevin. This is a marshland area between La Rochelle and Niort that is a maze of tiny waterways, footpaths and cycle tracks that always provides a quiet and peaceful day out. However today in the small village of Le Vanneau the Marais was packed as the crowds arrived to join in the annual market held in the traditional way, on the water. 

We had a lovely time, bought a few tasty goodies, including a very mature goats cheese that we ate with our picnic on the banks of the river. We also cycled a 28km bike ride through pretty villages, past fields of creamy cattle, herons on the bank and with the air heavy with scent following the rain last night. Here are few photos of the market that is always held on the last Saturday morning in July.

French village diaries Marais Poitevin Le Vanneau market France
The boulangerie barque

French village diaries Marais Poitevin Le Vanneau market France
Vendors on the river

French village diaries Marais Poitevin Le Vanneau market France


French village diaries Marais Poitevin Le Vanneau market France
Decorated barque

French village diaries Marais Poitevin Le Vanneau market France
Le Vanneau traditional market

French village diaries Marais Poitevin Le Vanneau market France
Traditional dancing