If it's Friday morning, it's market day in Lourmarin, and the streets are full of vendors and abuzz with shoppers,
elbow to elbow seeking out the freshest and most unusual products of the day.
Of course, your first purchase must be your French market bag if you don't yet have one,
or you might prefer a more colorful one. Now be ready, it's time to fill your bag.
What will you take home for the day?
Will it be beautiful, fresh tomatoes,
fruits of every color,
flowers for your home,
sachets of lavender,
or maybe some local pottery?
You don't want to forget the cheese on your list,
or the sweet melons of Cavaillon,
smocked dresses for your favorite mademoiselle,
and some fragrant figs.
In great demand are the "draps de hamman," or Turkish sheet towels
in every color to be used to drape your lounge chair, or as a beach wrap.
Also unique are the bags made from the pull tabs of cans--something for everyone, I guess.
A great gift to take home would be some Savon de Marseille, a traditional pure soap made from olive oil
or you might fall in love with these hand-made "coeurs de lavande" like I did. Full of lavender and decorated with ribbons, these are a special keepsake from Provence. More about these here.
Do you have your bread for dinner,
or all the spices you need,
a roasted chicken,
or a flavored vinegar, almost too pretty to use?
Your trip might not be complete without a painting that will always recall the lovely town of Lourmarin.
And if you really want to end the day like the locals do, stop for a coffee back at the village square to people-watch before making your way back home.
As for me, as our shopping wound down, I was grateful for a husband to help cart back all our purchases and a market bag that would "almost" hold it all.
One more glance over our shoulders at the church as we head back along the footpath, eager to enjoy our purchases of the day.
So tell me, how would you fill your basket on market day?