17.04.2014 25 °C
Wednesdays are pretty bright here in France. Every Wednesday, schools are closed & as as side effect... many businesses are closed. Mix this, with a dash of blue sky, a soupcon of sunshine and the mercury rising from 25 degrees on up and you have the recipe for a busy market day.
Today we visited the lively market of Lezignan. A less commercial market than Olonzac and this is clearly apparent from the start.
With merchants calling out their deals to potential buyers from their stalls, massive skillets of paella steaming and scenting the air, vats of olives and many other worldly delights, this place had a vibe that was unmistakeably fresh, lively and exotic.
Only open from 10-12, I made the most of my wandering by also visiting a few interesting side streets and the public gardens. Around noon, I found B and we made our way to a lovely Tapas Bar named l'Alegria where we each ordered a delicious Seafood Salad while we people watched and chatted about our market experiences. After this, it was back to Pepieux for the afternoon.
With a few hours to kill before dinner, I wandered off with my Camera and ended up in the next town, Siran. A beautiful and ancient village with craggy streets, narrow pass-throughs and character in everything ,including it's inhabitants. Welcoming the shady streets (since the path to Siran is on a sun blasted gravel roads) I stayed a while and thoroughly explored each street and each uniquely weathered building.
After another sun blasted walk back to Pepieux, I was feeling poached, so I settled into conversation with B. A little wine and a nice mellow evening at the gite.
A sculpture from spanish artist Antonio Saura, in the Lezignan public garden. (A hint of the Spanish influence here)
& the quiet street where you can find Siran's Bakery (walking this quiet village, you can just imagine the past)...