Sunday, September 13, 2009

Market Day In Salers

I don't know if there's a market every day in this town, but there was one going on the day we walked through. Not surprisingly, many of the stands were run by purveyors of cheese.

Vendors set up for the morning market.

There were also flower stands, fruit vendors, some charcutiers, and a butcher or two. The market square is also home to the town's post office, a rather large café, a few restaurants, and several shops that sell regional products. Again, mostly cheese.

A snail merchant.

Ken and our friends spent a good twenty minutes at one cheese stand, tasting and buying, and we enjoyed the cheese and meats they bought for dinner that evening. Callie and I walked around, taking pictures and trying to stay out of the way of the other tourists, shoppers, and dogs.

Not many customers yet at this café; it was still a bit early.

And there were many dogs (and their owners) walking around the market square. Callie is very good with other dogs, even when leashed. She's a submissive dog by nature, so there's very little aggressive behavior from either animal when they meet up on the street.

A shop full of regional goodies.

It was pretty obvious that the Salers market cateres mostly to tourists (like us!), and I imagine that at the height of summer the place could be a madhouse. But we were there in early September, on a chilly day mid-week, and it was very pleasant.

Another of the region's famous cheeses is advertised.

9 comments:

  1. Your photos of Salers are great and bring back a lot of memories!

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  2. I had some bleu d'Auvergne when I was there with my au pair family :)

    Great photos :) Great news about the 10-year cards, too!

    Judy

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  3. p.s. If one wanted to become a citizen, instead of a long-term resident, is there a waiting period? Or, do you have to have the 10-year cards first? What other stipulations are there?

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  4. what a beautiful place, your photos are wonderful....Barb

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  5. What a nice town! Thank you for the introduction.

    BettyAnn

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  6. I love the idea of local markets; I hope they 'return'.
    We do not have any here, alas.

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  7. chm, thanks!

    nadege, yes it is. :)

    judy, I'm not certain about the process for citizenship, but it does involve a lot of documentation about family history (proving who you are) and US Government background info (like an FBI report) to further confirm identity and any past criminal activity. There are language requirements, learning about culture and government, and an interview, too.

    barb, starman, bettyann, thanks!

    urpso, that surprises me. I thought farmers' markets were all the rage in the US now.

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