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    Marché Couvert at Soulac-sur-Mer: covered markets in Médoc

    by gwened Written Sep 19, 2014

    wonderful must stop in France, the markets whether open air or covered like this one are wonderful places to see the local flavor, colors, and costumes of the area. And, to load up on the goodies of the earth which here are sublime.

    The covered market or marché couvert at Soulac-sur-Mer is great!

    The market is open July 1 to August 31 (summer) from 6h to 13h30 and then from 17h30 to 20h ,selling fruits ,vegetables, beef, fish, chickens, cheeses ,wines and any grocery item for food.

    You have clothing, household ,flowers, etc outside from 7h to 14h.

    The rest of the year, there are every day for the covered market in the mornings and the outdoor one only on Thursdays mornings only.

    you have more in the tourist office in English
    http://www.tourism-soulac.eu/what-to-do/a-way-of-life/

    What to buy: we come for the food to take to our mobile home rental, or home in summers with the family. the best way to stock the best of the area, lamb, cheeses, wines, fruits ,vegetables yummy!!

    What to pay: best prices for local real good produce

    covered market at Soulac-sur-Mer lively shopping at rue de la plage
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    Etienne Brana, SJ Pied de Port: Irouléguy wines

    by gwened Written Aug 26, 2014

    OVer the years I have followed wines and many régions of our world; the Irouléguys were one of them, and after trying some, the Etienne Brana are my house take for this region.

    These are excellent wines, done with care by a lover of his region and its wines. The apéritif Txapa is great as well for a before meals drink.

    I leave you the tourist office take in contact and here is the winery site
    http://www.brana.fr/

    Its a great experience to be at the store or if with more time the winery.

    What to buy: apéro wine like the Txapa is great, as well as the whites Ilori ,rose Harri Gorri ,axerria reds and you can get at the store some Spanish basque wines too like the very good Ochoa wines of Navarra.

    What to pay: best prices and sales promotions on store or winery but I buy them anywhere.

    Etienne Brana wines window shopping waiting to open
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    Charcuterie Maison Gastellou: Gastellou is SJ Pied de Port

    by gwened Written Aug 26, 2014

    we were wandering about town, and the covered market not open so rather buy the goodies of the area and eat it at a nice park we found at Place Floquet.

    So we pick this one, was very typical with lots of local people, and we hit a find... Maison Gastellou the butchery, traiteur, bakery , pastry place par excellence we always seek in France.

    The service was very nice friendly and cooperative with all our needs. They even exchange items on sandwiches for us at same price. There was an older lady and a Young one,and the place was very clean.

    you come with a table in the middle of goodies, then the right side is bottles this day special basque sangria with piment espelette from Spain. The front is the sandwich area and to the left is the pastries /breads area.

    What to buy: we took the formule with the usual sandwich, dessert and water as well as a couple bottles of Sangria basque with piment espelette very good. The formule was 6€ per person fantastic price for the quality of the ham,cheese of ewe's milk and great bread.

    We came back later on to buy more of the ham,cheese ,and sangria to take home lol!

    What to pay: best prices for locally done goodies

    Maison Gastellou counter of cold cuts yummy! inside bottles and gift baskets table basque cake cherry gateau basque etxea basque sangria from Spain with espelettes!
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    Marché Couvert: covered market of SJ Pied de Port

    by gwened Updated Aug 26, 2014

    This is you get the best here, buy and cook it, right from the farm, big place nicely done away from the crowds of tourist but it will get filled on market day.

    The market was outside the city walls since the 18C now by the Place Charles De Gaulle and Place du Trinquet you have stands selling non food items such as textiles, artisanat, and leather goods

    the new one open in 1967 and is at the district of Zuharpeta, behind the walls of the city. Here local producers comes every Mondays to offer their goods like the good hams, cheeses, jellies, honey, wines of Irouléguy, cider, chocolates or basques cakes.

    Great attraction from locals and visitors alike. do come its the best of France, these markets.

    What to buy: we did our walks around but no purchase as it was not a Monday. We got our stuff from merchants direct.See other tips

    however , in this area the bayonne ham, and ewe's milk cheeses from ossau-iraty are wonderful as well as the wines from Irouléguy.

    What to pay: best prices always for the best of France

    covered market arriving covered market off day
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    La Cave aux Fromages, SJ Pied de Port: cheeses and more basque cheeses

    by gwened Written Aug 26, 2014

    Another of my hobbies is cheeses, we go anywhere for them, and once in this area we can look up one of our favorites from the Ossau Iraty mountains of ewe's milk cheese or brebis.

    They are at the place des remparts back on the left of the covered market, this is what you would get there the real thing.

    It sort of like an outlet store so rustic and enough we come for the cheeses.
    and this is what you get ::)

    http://www.fromage-brebis.com/fr/

    What to buy: brebis cheeses of course ewe's milk

    What to pay: best prices direct from cooperative of producers

    follow the sign la Cave aux Fromages along the alley on right it is IT
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    La Fabrique de Macarons: macarons basques at SJ Pied de Port

    by gwened Written Aug 26, 2014

    wonderful small store in rue de la citadelle that offers this macarons basques in several flavors ,a nice way to make yourself a dessert for a picnic or gift giving.

    yummy for desserts. here they had almonds, chocolate, lemon, noix de coco, almonds with piment d’espelette, flavors that we clean the house.

    You can see how they are made as the kitchen is right next to the counter !

    What to buy: macarons of course

    What to pay: great local basques style macarons price is good for it.

    La Fabrique de Macarons inside store counter left ,kitchen straight ahead
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    Lindt's chocolate boutique: Lindt's chocolates !!! Oloron Sainte Marie

    by gwened Written Aug 24, 2014

    well read the labels when you eat Lindt & Sprûngli chocolates and they are fabricated in Oloron Sainte Marie! we finally hit the store lol!

    we love chocolates so coming here and not stopping by would have been a crime. The store has a side museum type with audiovisual of the cacao and their story,and then a store a la outlet selling all goodies in all shapes and flavors.

    Some of these flavors are not even yet in stores, like the orange truffé nouveau so we had a mouthful and use them for desserts later on in the trip ;;)

    The store is open 9h-12h ,and 13h-18h30 from Mondays to Saturdays. Closed Sundays and Holidays .
    I took the direction by car as we drove in the city too. However , if coming in public transport from the train station at Oloron Sainte Marie, take left at avenue de la gare,at next traffic circle take 2nd turn coming out from the N134 road, at next traffic circle take the first street to avenue charles and Henri Moureau, cross the next traffic circle and take left on Avenue de Lattre de Tassigny/D936, the store is on your right hand side. its very easy to walk we did all over, less than 20 minutes.

    What to buy: chocolates in all flavors since not yet in stores!

    What to pay: best prices at the source and some sales promo from 2 euros.

    Lindt ' chocolate store at Oloron Sainte Marie inside museum audiovisual guide on chocolate
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    Marché Couvert Oloron Sainte Marie: covered market Oloron

    by gwened Written Aug 24, 2014

    the covered market here is next to the hotel de ville so very one two punch to get your goodies and settle your civic duties.

    Its small but nice and quaint. The site tells you some stands only open on Fridays, but some merchants take care of their clients several days in the week. the normal hours are Tuesdays to Saturdays from 7h30- 12h30, and 17h -19h.

    We were there the Thursday and they were all open.


    Fridays mornings you have the traditional flea market just outside on the square in front of the hotel de ville. In summers you have also a night market from 20h , they are located at rue Barthou, place de la Résistance, Parvis de la Cathédrale ,and place Saint-Pierre.

    What to buy: foodies local product especially that goat cheese, bayonne ham, and wines for the lunches on the run picnic style great fun and good local foods, the best way to savored France.

    What to pay: best prices for top local products,you eat the best

    covered market next to hotel de ville
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    Marché couvert Saint Palais: covered market Saint Palais

    by gwened Written Aug 22, 2014

    Every Fridays mornings from November to February you have the foie gras, wines here.
    many other times it is used for town events, fairs and concerts.

    many local producers come to the place de l'Amikuze to showcase their products and if it rains they come to the covered market. This event takes place after 18h and the date is given by the mairie or mayor's office.

    What to buy: foie gras and wines of course

    What to pay: the best local produce at good prices

    covered market of Saint Palais side of open covered market
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    A La Truffe du Perigord, Sarlat: foie gras and truffes at Sarlat

    by gwened Written Aug 5, 2014

    if ever down this wonderful old town of Sarlat-la-Canéda don't forget to charge up your car with the goodies of the region the foie gras and truffe, simply sublime and here at its highest point from a store point of view.

    In low season is open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 9h to 19h. High season open every day from 9h to 19h.

    Béatrice Clavel took over after Jean-Yves Raynaud, but it has retained the same activity while providing a personal touch. She excels in the way of cooking fatty Périgord ducks and geese. Stuffed necks, pâtés, confits and of course the duck foie gras MI-CUIT with truffles, salt of Guérande or torchon. Everything is seasoned by hand and the lobes are entire. Foie gras whole duck was awarded the agricultural contest 2013 silver medal.

    very nice family friendly service and right from the owners on site. Don't take it all ::)

    What to buy: foie gras and truffes and its derivatives all local and sublime.

    What to pay: nice prices for authentic delicious products cheaper than Paris.

    A la Truffe du Perigord
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    Marché à Sarlat-la-Canéda: market days at Sarlat

    by gwened Written Aug 5, 2014

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    one of the most typical market in the area if not the most. This is a wonderful time to come and savored the best of the Dordogne,Aquitaine, France the reason enough to be here.

    These are the markets here;
    the year long daytime market is on Saturdays at city center from 8h30 to 18h, there is a food only market at Place de la Liberté on Saturdays from 8h30 to 13h, and Wednesdays morning a smaller food market from same time

    You have a Covered market (all year long) at the Former Sainte Marie church – Place de la Liberté; Off season: everyday (except on Thursday) from 8h30 to 13h, High season: everyday from 8h30 to 14h, and On Friday: from 9h30 to 20h

    Even an Organic night market or BIO market from June 17 to September 16 at the place Place du 14 Juillet (in front of the Post Office) every thursday from 18h to 22h

    and a Truffle and “foie gras” markets at Place Boissarie (near the covered market, Sainte Marie church): on Saturday from 9h to 12h in December, January and February.

    the city of Sarlat page on markets in French
    http://sarlat.fr/edito.asp?e=3_2_4&Les-commerces-et-marches

    What to buy: local produce but especially foie gras, all made from duck, the best.

    What to pay: best prices for the real thing on site

    place de la libert�� ,Sarlat Place de la libert�� Sarlat
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    le Cellier des Chateaux: wines in Saint Emilion

    by gwened Updated Apr 23, 2014

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    The area is full of wine properties, and a local visit is a must;however ,when in town, to get that quick bottle for the hotel or apartment the Celliers du Chateau are tops.

    you taste, you buy and they buy your old bottles. and feature at the tourist office
    http://saint-emilion-tourisme.com/fr/shopping.html?idcat=cavistes&idfiche=2

    What to buy: wines of Saint Emilion and others.

    What to pay: good prices in a tourist town, of course better at the properties.

    le Cellier des Chateaux
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    carrefour contact supermarché: groceries at the beach

    by gwened Written Nov 24, 2013

    Very convenient store on the beach to do your groceries while on vacation or passing by, right in city center. carrefour contact is now, it used to be the Shopi Supermarket as when we went last in 2011.

    open 9h to 19h30 non stop, and sundays from 9h to 12h30. July/August open 7/7 9h to 21h.
    Station service 24/24h for gas/petrol.
    it is walking distance from the beach.

    What to buy: groceries, food

    What to pay: convenient prices are always a bit higher but available when you need it

    Shopi now Carrefour contact
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    La Maison Bleue: beach deco maison bleue

    by gwened Written Nov 6, 2013

    a nice way to bring home some beach outfit, gifts, decorations from lacanau océan righ off the plage centrale.

    You have artisanale items made at home, gifts, souvenirs, decoration items for the house, dishes, table items.

    It is in an old canaulaises house built around early 1930's with belle epoque style. The house was renovated and maintain by the present owners. In 1996, the current owners decided to open the business conserving the architectural layout of the house.

    What to buy: nice souvenirs worth the money, table decoration was our thing

    What to pay: best for local stuff

    La Maison Bleue
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    Souleilles: best foie gras near Agen

    by gwened Written Apr 9, 2012

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    one of my personal secret if by near Agen, stop at Soleilles for the best foie gras there is, home grown by the owners for several generations. Museum and show how it is done , great for the whole family.
    see link for info

    What to buy: foie gras, pates,sauccissons, the best.

    What to pay: better prices than at stores for premium quality

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