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  • Beautiful facade of the building.
    Beautiful facade of the building.
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  • Window decorations to admire at this pavilion.
    Window decorations to admire at this...
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  • Entering Les Halles.
    Entering Les Halles.
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    Les Halles: Les Halles – Real life in the South of France.

    by Jerelis Written Aug 19, 2011

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    Iris and Cyrille in between fish!
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    There were over 70 traders and artisans with permanent stalls at Les Halles – including at least one stall which has been occupied by generations of the same family since the market was opened in 1901! Dedicated to providing the city with the best quality produce, the stall holders convene every day from 6 am to 1 pm to take part in this important daily event which almost seems to define Narbonne. Indeed local people are right to be proud of their famous market in this beautiful pavilion.

    It's quite a typical place as we found fresh food, accessories, but above all, a burst of colours, people, voices, light, noises, aromas and characters straight out of a storybook. In the back of the building there was quite a small separated part with its own entrance. Right there we saw these fish stalls, where the fish arrived and was cleaned at the same spot. There were some stands where the fish was sold and we were really impressed by it, because we saw a lot of native fish, prawns and other fish we didn't recognize. Of course many of them were still alive … talking about fresh! We simply loved this colourful place full of life and if you are looking to see the real life in the South of France you won’t be disappointed in coming here.

    What to buy: You can buy any of the local specialties.

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    Les Halles: Les Halles – Hive of activity!

    by Jerelis Written Aug 19, 2011

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    Now, over a hundred years later, Les Halles is an institution. We can honestly say that no visit to Narbonne could be complete without experiencing its charm. Throughout the year there are various food related festivals and tastings held here with important locally sourced produce. It’s a fact that whenever you are looking to buy fresh food in a very picturesque setting, be sure to visit Les Halles. Once we entered it we witnessed that here, the stand owners still engage in the direct and personalized sale of day-to-day products. Coming via the main entrance we a huge central courtyard. Immediately we witnessed the hive of activity and the atmosphere was a riot of colours.

    We did walk around for some time to just witness the scenes produced by all the people around. Our senses were hit with pleasures: the aromas of freshly ground coffee, the inviting homely smell of croissants straight out of the oven, the buzz of stall holders chatting with the regulars, the bright colours of fruit and vegetables, the reek of maturing cheese, flower stalls with seasonal plants, fish lain out on ice, meat hanging from hooks, bottles of local wine, sacks of exotic spices, vendors busily preparing pizzas, paellas for the lunchtime rush, the visible pride of traders who have one thing in common - a real love of real food! We noticed that some of the stalls were already closed and we learned that they were sold out for the day, which again added to the vibrancy of this magical place.

    What to buy: You can buy any of the local specialties.

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    Les Halles: Les Halles - Important Modernist building.

    by Jerelis Written Aug 19, 2011

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    Paulien and the kids at the entrance of Les Halles
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    Trade has been one of the most important sectors in Narbonne since the city was founded. In recent years, retailers have been an engine of growth for the city, especially the local offer. Along the streets facing the Archbishops’ Palace (The main square of Narbonne) most of the traditional businesses are clustered. And if you really like souvenir shopping, many of the little shops are hidden away in various little streets dotted in the centre of this old city. Don't, however, expect any large shops or chain-stores. Narbonne is not quite like that: it has more character. Part of this character is Les Halles de Narbonne (Marché) near the city centre, where you can buy any of the local specialties.

    Les Halles is housed in an important Modernist building and we enjoyed the look of it when we stopped in front of the building to admire it. We learned that political and financial difficulties meant that the project was delayed a few times In 1894 there was a definitive vote for its construction and Andre Gabelle’s design was chosen in 1898. Even then it took until the 1st of January 1901 before it was operational. The outside of the magnificent building was something to look at, but once we entered it we even more witnessed that the life and atmosphere inside was definitely a lot more charming and a kind of electric. We immediately spotted the some sellers dressed in traditional local costumes near the entrance we must say that their stalls were truly spectacular.

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