The weekly markets in Brittany were a destination. Something to look forward to. On Saturdays we would drive the 10 minutes to Quiberon and walk that market. Wednesdays we would go to Vannes and Thursdays to our own Town, Saint Pierre. Walking by the food stalls was entertaining and educationional and mouth watering. The French markets were full of stalls operated by artesianal cheese makers and specialised produce providers and a variety of bakers and on and on. I miss them. First in Sicily and now in Tuscany the markets have been disappointing. Very disappointing.
We have been here 12 days, almost two weeks, and we have been to most of the local markets. Other than the ones in Florence, all the markets are the same. Disappointing. If you need cheap cloths or shoes or drapes or housewares then you would love these markets. If you want to try the best of the local products produced by dedicated artesans, then, like me you will be disappointed. It is possible that there are other markets that would meet my needs but these don’t. They are all basically the same. Endless stalls of shit I don’t want and then you find a cloister of food stalls at one end. But in this group of stalls you will find several salumerie (Italian deli goods), and several green grocers. Thats it. You are better off going to a supermarket.
Which is what we may be doing from now on. We will go to the Florence or Sienna markets occasionally but the local markets are not worth getting out of bed for. However there is one good thing about going to the markets. You get to drive on some very pretty roads. This picture was taken walking distance from were we live.