The market of Lavaur!

And now I bring you back down to my dear late wife Martine’s family region where we still have family. Of course, we have been by here several times over the years and have plenty of posts in my blog, but as usual by quick road warrior me I have left out more on the some and especially the lovely market of Lavaur in the Tarn dept 81 of the region of Occitanie.

We came straight to Lavaur from where my dear late wife Martine’s  father was from. Of course, we have visited the place several time and written before in my blog on the town. The idea of the post is the two weekly markets in Lavaur which take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays by Allées Jean-Jaurès.

The small Wednesday market is reserved for local producers, from 8h 12h. The bigger Saturday market is open to everyone from 7h to 13h: here you will find the works such as cold meats, butchers, bakers, fishmongers, cheeses, poultry, fruit and vegetables and other producers of seasonal fruits and vegetables, but also headgear, clothing and accessories, shoes, hardware, thrift stores, second hand booksellers and various peddlers.

It is the essential meeting of Wednesday and Saturday morning, on the boulevards which surround the old town. Hundreds of stalls offer you the opportunity to discover all the producers of the surrounding farms. However, it is also and above all an incomparable place of exchange not to be missed . Indeed not just the purchase of wonderful mother earth best products but the talk and ambiance of any town and here they talk, you are in Cathar country!!

The covered market is been used as an exhibition hall for events so there are special days where the market is held indoors in the Halle aux Grains. Nevertheless, it is magical!

The city of Lavaur on its markets: https://www.ville-lavaur.fr/marches-foires/

The City of Lavaur on its heritagehttps://www.ville-lavaur.fr/votre-ville/visiter-lavaur/

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A quant visit to a nice architectural and historical building , the Halle aux Grains,(see above with my Martine ) now offering various cultural events throughout the year, including shows for young audiences and live shows, concerts. The Halle aux Grains was built from 1879 to 1881. On the ground of the cooler ,a former underground ice warehouse. It was intended for the market for silkworm cocoons, which lacked space at the Old Market. It is hexadecagonal and offers a lot of space because it has no pillars. The fall of the silk trade in Vaurais, at the end of the 19C, confined it only to the sale of grains. The central lightning rod vane represents a winged dragon: was it to dissuade the granivores? Ha good question. It is located at Place Stalingrad.

There you go folks, a wonderful region of my belle France very dear to me, memories forever. Hoping you too will see the enchantment and visit Lavaur in the Tarn department 81 of region of Occitanie (this is the old Midi-Pyrénées region).

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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