One of my favorite things to do in France is to visit the local markets, each one with their own personality. Just north of here lies Vaison la Romaine, home of one of France’s oldest – dating back to 1483 – and largest markets with over 450 vendors. This true reflection of Provençal life stands out as my favorite market so far.
Even after trying cheese, cookies, sausage, olive oil and more we still had room for lunch or diner. Le Festival is a lovely café situated right on the place and where we decided to park ourselves. Our delightful and delicious meal was almost over shadowed by the visually stunning and mouth-watering desserts.
Nougat ice cream with crème Chantilly is visually stunning and tastes as bright as a ripe strawberries, the sugar dissolving in your mouth leaving the crunchy nuts to savor. THE best dessert so far hands down.
I love history and another highlight of Vaison are the excavated Roman ruins right in the downtown village where life long ago has been unearthed. Artifacts, statues, mosaics and coins all reveal what life was like long ago.
The Haute Ville, or upper town of Vaison la Romaine, is a residential Medieval district oozing with antiquity. To reach it, we walked over a single arched Roman bridge, across the Ouveze River.
The upward winding cobbled streets emit an energy of tranquility. Here and there tucked into the walls, artists showcase their paintings and pottery. I was especially intrigued by the large photos of generations past around every corner.
Remnants of the old castle, circa 13th century, sit high upon the Haute Ville. You must have a steady leg, traversing the rocks, to reach it but one you arrive the view is spectacular.
Crossing back into town we discovered a shop that sold local olive oils, balsamic vinegar and even pastis by the ounce.
A full day indeed again filling all my senses. Here’s the au revoir from a happy dog greeting everyone who notices. Goldies love to make new friends!