Day 7 – Provençal Picnic

Sunday dawned with the promise of another glorious day in Provence so after breakfast, before the heat of the day, we headed into Lourmarin where a brocante sale was being held. This is a market that specialises in antiques, old wares, jewellery and antique or restored furniture … all very desirable and most quite bulky. So this morning’s mission was to find treasures small enough to pack and take home – fairly simple.

It’s amazing what can be accomplished in little over an hour; nothing is really too daunting for these ladies, and of course, most avid gardeners travel with a watering can anyway!

Regaining our composure and loading the van, we made our way to the small village of St Martin de la Brasque, where we knew that a local market was being held. This market however, was not all about the shopping but about having a picnic amongst the market stalls where the local seafood vendor sells plates of shucked oysters by the dozen, Claude from Vaudoir sells his wine by the bottle from the back of his van, the poulet roaster sells the biggest bbq chickens in Provence, and with some bread and cheese and some fresh fruit we were ready to picnic with the locals.

Having enjoyed our unique picnic lunch in the field and with the market stalls packing up for the day, we made our way back to our chateau to cool off and relax by the pool for a few hours before dinner … or perhaps to contemplate bubble wrap.

To wrap up our lazy Sunday, Joelle, once again came and prepared another delicious Provençal meal. Tonight we had an entree of sauteed vegetables with lentils and a main course of melt in your mouth slow cooked beef and a pumpkin mash. A great way to end another fabulous day in Provence.

Bon nuit.