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Saturday at Salernes Market in Provence

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After showing you around Saint Tropez, I think I need to share a slightly less glamorous but just as charming side of the region of Provence, in the South of France. As I’ve mentioned, when I was little I spent many of my summers in the region (and didn’t appreciate it enough!) and it’s always a treat to go back. Salernes is a small town that I’ve been to many times for its lively Saturday market. It’s the perfect place to stock up on fresh fruit and vegetables from local farmers, get a delicious roast chicken for lunch, and have a refreshing drink amongst the locals in the main square. I couldn’t resist snapping away at the lovely market stalls.

olives-market-franceAn olive lover’s paradise… they come in every colour, size, and flavour.

wicker-baskets-provenceI still regret not buying this mini whicker bag for 7€!

savon-marseilleHow amazing is this traditional soap from Marseille?

salernes-market-provenceIt’s such a treat to eat beautiful fresh local produce. Those tomatoes!

sumac-spice-marketMy favourite market stall is the spice seller’s though…

spices-french-marketFrom a mix of five different types of pepper, to beautiful dried rose petals…

spices-france-market…this guy has it all!

herbes-provence-spicesThe local favourite: traditional herbes de provence – a blend of different dried herbs from the region including thyme, rosemary, and sage.

salernes-market-provenceIt’s tradition to sit down for a drink on the town square after you’ve done all your shopping.


tarte-pignons-franceIn the window of a bakery: the local Pignons tart made of pine nuts and almond powder is always tempting.

white-dress-red-bag-outfitI went for a little white dress, perfect for the 35 degree heat.


What I wore:

White cutout back Forever 21 dress (similar here & here), red Gucci bag, round H&M sunglasses, and black leather sandals.

Have you ever visited Provence?

Have a look at Allison’s blog for 6 beautiful villages in Provence!