Guidel-Plage Things to Do
If you go to the Market on a Sunday morning, after the church clock strikes noon and the congregation leaves the church it is usual for traditional dances to be perfomed. Sometimes it will be a very polished performance, others a bit haphazrd and sometimes children get a chance to show off their costumes and dancing skills. These performances are mostly confined to high season - but on one occasion when we took three grandchildren they dis not appear at all.
There is musical accompanimemt and often free cider tasting and cake. It can be fun and is worth waiting around for at the end of the market.
The Sunday morning market is one of the best in the area.
We have been several times at different times of the year. July is by far the busiest with, it seemed, many more stalls and many more shoppers and visitors.
All the usual market stalls can be found there but there are a couple of speciality food stalls where you can put together in no time a very good Sunday meal to take home.
Fruit and vegetables of course, also breads and cheeses, locally made ciders and wines too.
But the most popular stalls are those selling ready cooked roast pork, hams and chicken plus garlic sauteed potatoes.
For desert try freshly made Breton Far - with or without prunes. We bought a large, still piping hot one when there were 8 of us to feed.
It turns out quite an expensive way to eat but less than taking 8 to a restaurant for Sunday lunch!
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Guidel-Plage Warnings and Dangers
I have never had the slightest suspicion of pick-pocketing attempts at this market.
This may have been a co-incidence - but on the last two occasions that we were there a similar method was used to obtain money from us.
Last year were were approached by a boy of 15 or so, one of a small family group all carrying clip-boards apparently collecting signatures for a petition. It was to establish a circus but money as well as a signature was wanted.
They only seemed to be approaching visitors and the boy was surprised when my husband asked questions about the project in French - which he could not answer due to a lack of French on his part. We declined to assist.
In October this year we were approached by a very attractive young woman, apparently unable to speak at all. Her petition was to establish an international centre for handicapped persons .
She too wanted more than a signature and indicated in mime and in writing the signature was for a minimum donation of 20 euros.
She had two assistants/accomplices, also mute though they clearly understood our replies in French and in English.
I noticed local people ignored them completely , avoiding eye contact and physically pushed them off when they tried the hand on the arm approach.
From their appearance and style of dress they were not local, nor European women.
So be on your guard -
Favorite thing: Generally speaking shops are closed on Sundays in France.
The exceptions have always been the boucherie/charcuterie, the boulangerie and the Presse - specially if it is part of a Bar-Tabac. These shops usually open early and close at mid-day.
In larger tourist areas supermarkets are now often open on a Sunday morning particularly in high season.
Where a market is held on a Sunday morning , as in Guidel, as well as the above mentioned shops small grocery stores and flower shops are often open too - in competition from the market stall holders.