To wrap up market week we’ll focus on one of our favorite French markets in the lovely village of Lorgues. The eastern part of Provence known as the “Var” department (or zone) we think is one of the most beautiful parts of France. The Var interior is a place of breathtaking natural beauty with miles of vineyards, forests, olive groves, and mountains, and charming villages and hamlets full of authentic French character.
Lorgues is in the heart of this beautiful countryside, and is a great example of a small medieval fortified Provencal town, complete with the ancient walls and “portes.” Many of the buildings are still intact, stalwart representatives of times gone by with their vaulted passages, stone carvings, and ancient doorways. The main thoroughfare is lined with large plane trees so characteristic of the area.
The main church in the village, St. Martin, is equally impressive, if not as old, as it was built in the 18th century. It, like the town’s 12-century bell tower, stand watch over the surrounding buildings and their inhabitants.
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Just a few minute’s outside of Lorgues, in the heart of the Var vineyards, lies the stunning 5* Relais and Chateaux hotel Chateau de Berne, which has long been one of our favorite destinations. Although they no longer have a large range of cooking classes, it is still a wonderful place for a custom tour of the area, which we are happy to organize for you.
The weekly market in Lorgues falls on Tuesdays, and of course you have to visit it if you have the chance. The main streets are lined with stalls selling everything from fruits and vegetables, to meats, fish, cheese, herbs, honey, flowers, and more. Strolling along and checking out the items for offer is one of my favorite memories of Provence. It is sure to be one of yours too!
By Peg Kern
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