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Market Day in Bordeaux: Sauveterre de Guyenne

by Nannette Eaton on February 6, 2012

“Travel gives me the opportunity to walk through the sectors of cities where one can clearly see the passage of time.” — Jerzy Kosinski

You can’t live on wine alone. (Yes, I said it. And it’s sad, but very true). To go with your delicious Bordeaux wines, you need to pick up a few morsels at the market. And of course, in France, going “to the market” takes on a whole new meaning.

Sauveterre de Guyenne is a commune in the Gironde department in Aquitaine region in southwestern France. It was an English bastide village dating from the end 13th century. Bastides were created as fortresses during the Hundred Years’ War in disputed and remote areas to create a presence. To encourage settlement, farmers who choose to move their families to a bastide, were no longer serfs, but free men. The fortress walls were dismantled in the 19th century, but the village retains the four gates, medieval homes and the arcade square. Year-round, Sauveterre de Guyenne has an outdoor market every Tuesday from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm with stalls set up in the village square, the alleys and surrounding streets as they have for centuries. But words are pale substitutes for experience. Book your flight, and pack your bags to have your own adventure. Here’s a few photographs of what you might encounter on market day in Sauveterre de Guyenne.

Going Shopping with the Wine Harlots was part of a press tour sponsored by Planet Bordeaux.
photo credits: EatonAlive ©2011