Sunday, June 10, 2018

Lazy Sunday in France, a trip to Melle market

Welcome to another Lazy Sunday in France, where today I am taking you to one of my favourite local markets. 

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Dappled shade at Melle market
The Friday morning market in our local town of Melle used to be a regular feature for us, until three years ago when Ed started at the lycée there. Having driven the 50km round trip on a Monday morning to get him to school, then again on Tuesday evening to collect him for his guitar lesson in Celles-sur-Belle, then back in on Wednesday for another music lesson and once more on a Friday afternoon to collect him from school, an additional drive for market on a Friday morning didn’t seem very appealing.

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Blue sky and clock tower at Melle market
This week however, Adrian was at home, the sun was shining, and I had an unexpected morning off work, (having swapped my Friday morning for a Wednesday morning) which gave me a nice four-day weekend, and I felt like I was on holiday. We decided to treat ourselves to a wander around Melle market and I’m so glad we did, I’ve missed it.

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Inside the Melle market halle
Melle is classified as a Petite Cité de Caractère, a status that is generally awarded to towns, often in rural areas, that have buildings of historical interest, but that over the years have seen a reduction in their administrative function along with the population decline and reduced funding for their heritage that goes along with this. Melle has three magnificent Romanesque churches, is a major point on the Chemin de St Jacques pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostelle in Spain and a very pretty market town that is defiantly worth a visit. 

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Organic wholewheat pasta at Melle market
I hope you enjoy these photos taken on our stroll around market on Friday morning.

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Coffee and patisserie at Café Boulevard in Melle

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