Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

A True Taste of France; Connect with the Locals and Find Insight into French Culture at the Village Market

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

A True Taste of France; Connect with the Locals and Find Insight into French Culture at the Village Market

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THE markets in France could be a tourist destination in themselves. They are where you can connect with the locals and find true insight into their culture.

The French view a market visit as a social occasion.

On any early Saturday morning all over France, people are out greeting each other with exuberant cheek kisses, filling their wicker baskets with fresh produce carefully chosen for its flavour, quality and price.

It must be locally grown of course. Offer a Frenchman apricots from Spain and he will snort with contempt. Try to sell him asparagus not grown down the road and he will huff in outrage. Dare sell him goat cheese from a goat with no French pedigree and he may never speak to you again.

We love browsing the markets in France tasting samples of saucission, nougat, terrines and an overwhelming variety of cheeses.

We never tire of watching glistening olives being scooped from wicker baskets for eager customers and we are always awed by the displays of asparagus, all militarily upright like soldiers on inspection. …

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