Saturday morning market in Revel
The market in Revel – in department 31, the Haute Garonne, not the Aude – is classed as either one of the 100 most beautiful markets in France or one of the 10 most beautiful. Depends on whose website you read. It is beautiful.
The halles is in the middle of the medieval town, surrounded by arcaded
buildings, some still the original half-timbered ones. Food vendors
are in that part of the market, the other stuff – the market junk,
which is cool too – is on a boulevard.
Revel is about an hour from Carcassonne, north of Castelnaudary. As
part of our committment to have a life beyond work and to explore a bit
my friend Lynn and I decided to go to the market this morning.
We meandered our way there, we were talking and I missed a turn so
we ended up taking a strange triangular route along the N113 from
Castelnaudary and then then going north on the D117. Serendipity, it’s
great. We stopped in Avignonet because we saw a brocante. Nice stuff,
pricey. I was looking for a cash machine and the woman I asked said
the closest one was at Villefranche, about 6 km.
In Villefranche I found a fabric store that actually had patterns so
we stopped to get a pattern and some fabric. I still haven’t found
anywhere to buy sewing patterns in Carcassonne although I have to admit
it hasn’t exactly been a mission. There is a great place to buy fabric
in Carcassonne though. It’s in the bastide, on the rue de la
Republique, just down from Sephora.
We finally got to Revel at about noon. Not a bad time actually. The
vegetable vendors are trying to get rid of things and we got a huge bag
of broccoli for one euro. We also got a piece of walnut tarte that was
amazing. Basically 2 rounds of shortbread with a sweet walnut
And I bought tulips. I love tulips. It’s funny, it’s November but
there were a lot of spring flowers. Cut irises and tulips and forced
hyacinth and narcissus. And little pots of winter pansies.
We bought quiche and went to St Ferriol to have a picnic beside the lake.
Cute village, St Ferriol, but I think you have to go in summer to
appreciate the lake. It’s been drained and is pretty smalle. And the
wind. Wow! I guess that’s why the sign on the A61 has a picture of a
After lunch we went to Soreze. More about that tomorrow. Or soon anyway.
In the meantime, some pictures of the market in Revel.