Narbonne Local Customs

  • Entering the marché at the west side of the square
    Entering the marché at the west side of...
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    Le Marché - Tradition under threat?

    by Jerelis Written Aug 29, 2011
    Olives, olives and even more olives!
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    Obviously it is fruit, vegetables and local produce in general that are the mainspring of this Narbonne market, but it also tends to be an outlet for local producers. Just like in other rural areas, we were still able to find some stalls of small farmers that sell just their own produce like potatoes, vegetables, fruit, flowers, and some farm-produced cheese, home-made bread, eggs, and even a living rabbit or two, or week-old chicks.

    Although the number of small farms in Narbonne has fallen dramatically in recent decades, there is still an elderly generation of smallholders ("paysans") who attend weekly markets in the way they have been doing for the past thirty or forty years. That is just the kind of vibe we were lookig for. Still we witnessed that it is rather unusual to see young stallholders on this marché (market) and while the market itself, as a tradition, is not under threat, the nature of small rural markets is changing. In twenty years' time, there will still be plenty of markets in France; but will there be as many, and will they still be rich in tradition as they are today? That is less sure.

    Address:
    Boulevard Docteur Lacroix / Rue de Bourget, 11100 Narbonne.

    Directions:
    Just south of the centre of the old town.

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    Le Marché - Twice a week.

    by Jerelis Written Aug 29, 2011
    All kinds of local specialties.
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    Most small towns and villages in France have a large market once a week. But Narbonne is a rather larger town and therefore the marché (market) takes place twice a week. So if you want to visit it, you can do so at Teusday and Friday. This typical French market is a mix between the farmers' market and a traders' market. Diverse stalls offer local produce straight from the farm and these stalls stand alongside fruit and vegetable stalls, cheese stalls and other stalls offering a full range of produce.

    This large market in Narbonne is situated in between Boulevard Docteur Lacroix and Rue de Bourget. At first it looks so busy that you won't be able to park the car. But don't set your aim at parking your car at the square itself, but drive a bit into the narrow side street in which you can park it easily. Our car ended up at Avenue Général Leclerc and we were able to walk our way back within 5 minutes. We immedaitely saw that this marché was attended both by local stall-holders and by a range of specialised traders who will set up their stall on a different market each day of the week. Thanks to this mixure of stallholders this market has a rich range of specialised stalls, offering organic vegetables, food specialities from the region and even Spain, olives and Mediterranean specialities, tools, clothes, second-hand books, garden plants, wine straight from the producer, honey and a lot more. Just enjoy the vibe!

    Address:
    Boulevard Docteur Lacroix / Rue de Bourget, 11100 Narbonne.

    Directions:
    Just south of the centre of the old town.

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    Le Marché - Part of the French way of life.

    by Jerelis Written Aug 29, 2011
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    For us, one of the pleasures of visiting France is to enjoy wandering through a traditional French market. The market (le marché), is an integral part of life in virtually all French towns and large villages, so much so that even today the market can be seen as a well-surviving part of France's historic heritage. In our home country, the Netherlands, the market is largely a tradition that has been revived, in the form of "farmers' markets", but in France, the tradition did not need to be revived, as traditional fruit and vegetable markets, as well as markets offering a much wider array of stalls, have always remained a part of life in France. The market, as a source of fresh fruit and vegetables, is an integral part of France's famed tradition of good eating, and is one of those French traditions that never died. And for that reason it is as authentic an experience as we could wish to find.

    The marché of Narbonne has acquired a local reputation and that was the reason why we wanted to visit it. It definately is a regional event, attended by local producers, craftsmen and traders; markets are just a part of the French way of living.

    Address:
    Boulevard Docteur Lacroix / Rue de Bourget, 11100 Narbonne.

    Directions:
    Just south of the centre of the old town.

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    Wine - Wine, wine and even more wine!

    by Jerelis Updated Aug 23, 2011

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    Really everywhere!
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    The history of Languedoc wines can be traced to the first vineyards planted along the coast near Narbonne by the early Greeks in the fifth century BC. Along with parts of Provence, these are the oldest planted vineyards in France. The region of Languedoc has belonged to France since the thirteenth century and the Roussillon was acquired from Spain in the mid-seventeenth century. The two regions were joined as one administrative region in the late 1980s.

    It maybe sounds a bit weird, but whenever we left our campingsite in Narbonne, the only thing we saw were all the winegrapes, really everywhere. Learning more about the region and its climate will tell you why. This region has a Mediterranean climate with summer temperatures often exceeding 30C and little rainfall. There is usually more cloud and rain around the coastal corner and Narbonne than inland and further south. Nevertheless, drought is a major threat to the vineyards, since this is one of the driest regions in France. On the other hand, violent thunderstorms, particularly in early autumn, and strong winds can cause damaging erosion.

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    Wine - Winetasting at Domaine Les Garrigues

    by Jerelis Written Aug 23, 2011

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    Paulien is having a taste.
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    Driving around in our car we had to stop by the entrance of a sober chateau, because we were interested in tasting the local wine. We entered premises of Domaine les Garrigues Saint-Laurent. We were kindly welcomed by Catherina, although she only knew about 5 words in English. Lucky enough Paulien knows her way in the French language. In 1631 it was bought by the de family, who renamed it Quatourze for reasons unknown. At the same time they acquired the adjacent vineyard. The domaine is about 90 hectares large and they produce white, red and rose wine. It's considered to be one of the best wine producers of the region.

    Very often people talk difficult about tasting wine and make it more high-handed as it should be (in my opinion). I always have a look at the appearance in the glass, smell the aroma of the wine, feel the "in mouth" sensation after that the aftertaste. Finally I just judge it by whether I just like it or not. We tasted about 4 different wines and ended up with a couple of red wine which we took back home to the Netherlands.

    Address:
    Route de La Nautique, 11000 Narbonne

    Directions:
    Coming from the main road A9, leaving it via the Péage sortie Narbonne-Sud, just follow the signs La Nautique. Driving on that road you will see some signs of Domaine les Garrigues.

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    Wine - Languedoc Roussillon wine.

    by Jerelis Written Aug 23, 2011

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    The Corbi��res mountain range and the many grapes.
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    Narbonne is part of the Corbières, which is a vast area of outstanding beauty with a beautiful mini-mountain range. It's marked by green hills and ragged rock faces, wild scrubland and diverse flora and fauna (watch out for wild boar!). The rest is endless vineyard land and the only thought we had when we were cruising around was ... wine, wine and even more wine!

    In this southern part of France the Languedoc Roussillon wine is produced. While "Languedoc" can refer to a specific historic region of France and Northern Catalonia, usage has primarily referred to the northern part of the Languedoc-Roussillon région of France, an area which spans the Mediterranean coastline from the French border with Spain to the region of Provence. The area has around 700,000 acres under vines and is the single biggest wine-producing region in the world, being responsible for more than a third of France's total wine production. As recently as 2011, the region produced more wine than the entire United States.

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    Everyday Indoor Morning Market

    by pigletsmom Updated Jul 18, 2004

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    The Indoor Market

    Narbonne has an indoor market that is quite fun and tasty.
    It is located in an old Victorian building, just south across the canal from the Hotel de Ville Square. I believe the market is from 8am ot 1pm. It holds permanent stalls for produce, baked goods and fish, amoung other food items. You can get different types of olives and marinated vegtables, pastries, and fresh poultry and beef. The mix of smells when you walk in is just fantastic, it makes you hugry just entering the building. It gives you a taste of the local culture. I think I was the only tourist in the market. The market is almost directly across the canal from the parking lot. This traditional market has been going on for over 100 years.

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