One more field trip to share from our trip to France!
In Riberac we visited yet another market and found so many lovely things here! It is interesting how each market has it's own feel, and specialty. Riberac had a little bit of everything -- produce, plants, clothing & bags, soap, garden trinkets, and pottery. It was the smallest of the 3 markets we visited but it was not lacking on charm!
The biggest tomatoes I've ever seen!
I fell in LOVE with this honey vendor and came back to purchase twice! I cleaned out her inventory of beeswax candles - they smelled so good! And bought a couple jars of honey. I could have bought more but I knew it would have added too much weight to my luggage. Each variety of honey is made from bees who pollinated a different kind of plant - sunflower, acacia, chestnut, etc. - which creates honey of varying consistency, color, and flavor. I thought that was so cool!
I learned that sunflower in French is "Turnesol" -- turns to the sun/sol.
Couldn't pass up a picture of the walnuts.
The dried prunes, apricots, and figs were so pretty -- I even bought a small bag of figs to snack on.
And escargot of course! I did not purchase/sample any of these.
Give me all the cheese . . . Except Bleu cheese. I can skip that one. But it sure looks pretty!
We found & fell in love with this soap vendor. So many varieties and at a great price! I believe it was something like 10 bars of soap for 8 Euro. A group of us Academy girls swooped upon his stand all at once and I think he was pretty excited. My mom and I were the first to leave and later the other girls caught up with us and passed along a gift from the vendor - lavender sachets. He was so happy to get our business!
I've shared that much of our time with The Academy included lessons on how to style a photo and make it feel natural and full of life. While walking through the market I came across this sweet pup just hanging out in the middle of the road. His owner was a few feet away, chatting with a group of locals. I crouched down low and began to take his photo and he just looked at me. The perfect model. I watched what was going on in background and a man with a basket full of baguettes walked into the shot and I snapped away. It was golden! I love the composition and story of this photo - my very favorite one from this trip.
And here is a similar shot with a woman wearing a dress & heels, purse slung across her body, and carrying shopping bags. Needed to wait a half second longer and get a little closer/lower to the dog for this one.
On the way back to the car it wasn't hard to find photo-worthy stops.
We drove to lunch at this cute spot. The food, as always, was amazing.
And I love this fun/silly photo of Heather - our fearless leader!
When you spend the week in France with a group of women learning about photography & styling and you happen to spot a group of buttery yellow cows while driving through the countryside you pull over to take pictures. That's just what you do.
And check out the amazing lane of huge sycamore trees! History fun fact . . . . in the days of Napoleon, before he would visit a village in France he would require that similar tree-lined roads be created to provide a grand entrance for his arrival. Someone thinks they are important. :)