July 21, 2015

The Market and Town of Vaison la Romaine

the market, the streets and the old town

By In Photographs
Vaison-la-Romaine deep in the heart of the Vaucluse region of France must host one of the largest weekly markets anywhere. I took an early wander around the streets – taking in the edge of the Roman ruins, the hill and citadel that overlook the town, the Roman bridge and of course the market.

More time would have been lovely as, from the google map I’ve just perused, there seems to be an amphitheatre and plenty more from the Roman era to view. Of course being so early in the morning the Roman quarter was closed.

The market had everything. Streets dedicated to clothes, to the usual cheap tat and rubbish every market has, to hand made baskets and masses of fresh and cooked food vendors. You would never need a supermarket if you lived in Vaison-la-Romaine. Surprisingly photographers were not welcome. Many times I raised the camera at a nice hunk of cheese or an attractive display of fruit only to have the stall holder shouting a firm “Non” or standing in the way. I ignored a couple but after a while it was obvious they simply didn’t want their wares captured.

An odd attitude. You would have thought any publicity to entice tourists to the market would be beneficial. I think the delightful people at the Vaucluse Tourist Board should send out a missive! Others I chatted to in our little group, who also managed to get up early enough, experienced the same attitude. But don’t let this little gripe put you off visiting though. The climb up to the citadel is well worth it, the market amazing (if I was staying longer or returning home that day I would have been laden down with produce), and the back streets very enticing to explore, especially with camera in hand.

So not a huge number of shots, and a bit of a mis-mash of textures, produce, Roman bits and bobs and a little street. A flavour of Vaison-la-Romaine at least!

Photo Gallery: The Market and Town of Vaison la Romaine, Vaucluse, France

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