Tuesday market at Bourgueil, Loire Valley

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By now you may have noticed that our life in the countryside is governed a lot by food and markets! This morning we woke bright and early to get to the Tuesday market in Bourgueil.

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It’s centralised under an old Halle (covered market), but on Tuesday it also extends out into the streets of the town centre. Below you can see the stands with the gorgeous old Bourgueil church in the background.

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Mushrooms picked fresh from today!

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Don’t these artichoke look delicious?

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They also have a plant section where you can buy all manner of herbs (above) as well as choux and greens to grow chez toi (below).

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You can find charming hand-embroidered smocked dresses for little girls.

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People come here for everything. This lingerie stand always makes me smile.

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A trip to the boulangerie is always de rigueur. Can you imagine finding macaroons for 80 centimes in Paris?

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Desserts with meringue nature are always an evil indulgence.

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Apparently the sales of horse meat went *up* after the recent horse meat scandal in Europe. In which case this boucherie chevaline (horse meat butcher) must be doing ok.

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There was a huge queue to buy poultry.

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And this bio salmon stopped me in my tracks. Look at the size of it!

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Of course DH made a beeline for this stand that he likes, known for their charcuterie.

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The old lady in line before us ordered half a tête de veau and the butcher sliced it in front of us.

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Our last stop was to this stand selling Italian products. Look at the pasta!

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The garganzola looks just ooey-gooey amazing! You can never have enough cheese (above and below).

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We left with a delicious burrata and some sausage ravioli for tonight’s dinner.

Oh, I do love a good market!

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