Few experiences compare to the joy of mooching around a French market. Provence is littered with little villages and towns that each have their own market days when the settlement is taken over by market stalls.
Bonnieux is a pretty little place in the Vaucluse Department of Provence. It is about an hour’s drive north and slightly east of Marseille. Bonnieux is a charming little village whose market climbs the hillside opposite the church and offers a fantastic view across the valleys and green fields of the Luberon. Market day is Friday.
|Bonnieux in Provence, France.|
We found our way to Bonnieux one sunny early June day and discovered just about everything imaginable on sale at the market. There was an artist selling his paintings, craftsmen selling handmade toys, jewellers and a tanner selling these gorgeous colourful little suede and leather purses.
|Handmade purses on sale at Bonnieux Market, Provence, France.|
Being the fruit bowl of the south, Provence boasts a wonderful array of fresh fruit and vegetables. These melons were from nearby Cavaillon, a town famous for its melons. We were complimented a day or two after purchasing one, when a local spotted it and commented ‘C’est un bon melon!’ (That’s a good melon!)
|Melons on sale at Bonnieux Market, Provence, France.|
Many other foods are available. Delicious smells wafted across the stalls and cakes, quiche, snacks, honey, cheese and meat were on sale. This dog seemed very focused on the nearby sausage and meats stall.
|Bonnieux market stallholder's dog keeping an eye on transactions.|
There are many products locally grown and created in Provence like lavender and Cavaillon’s melons. Another is calissons, which are an almond sweet made with melons.
|Provence lavender on sale in Bonnieux|
Provence markets showcase the wonderful variety of produce available in Provence. From handcrafts to beautiful cheeses, there is something for everyone. Bonnieux is a lovely market because you can also take in the marvelous view from high above the valley and if you also have a passion for bread you may wish to visit the village bread museum.