One of the best ways to see Saint-Rémy-de-Provence is simply to wander the narrow, winding boulevards. Stroll under the plane trees, and stumble across charming squares and boutiques. Enter the ancient city center through an archway in the 14th century wall. And, of course, be inspired, just as Vincent van Gogh, musician Charles Gounod, and novelist Marie Gasquet once were when they lived in this Provencal town.
The Wednesday market itself is inspiring for burgeoning and professional chefs alike, who are partaking in a Provence cooking class using fresh, market ingredients.
The market is located in Place de la République and flows into the surrounding streets and other plazas. And it doesn’t just feature seasonal fruits and vegetables, but any regional food your heart may desire, such as meats, spices, wines, cheeses, breads, and olives. But that’s not all; this enormous market also features other vendors who are selling linens, flowers, soaps, and even books. Don’t let this thriving market overwhelm though. In fact, do as the locals do, and take your time soaking in the sights and talking to the vendors.
While you can easily spend hours in the St. Rémy market, there’s a lot else to see and do in this active village. Many artists still populate this beautiful town, and you can see their artwork in galleries and storefronts. Antique stores abound as well. Perhaps even visit the St. Paul de Mausole clinic, where Van Gogh was treated for mental illness.
Saint-Rémy-de-Provence is at once foodie heaven as well as a town rich in culture and history. You can visit this town during two of our Provence cooking vacations. During our fabulous cooking vacation Bonjour Provence you’ll not only have a chance to visit the bustling market, but also experience a chocolate and cheese tasting in the afternoon.
By Liz Hall
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