Our second field trip during The Academy took us to the town of Perigueux. Our purpose was to attend the market and practice our photography skills. As we approached the city from the highways the first thing you spotted was this enormous church - Cathedral Saint-Fronte. Built in the 1600's with 5 domes and turrets - it's pretty impressive! And at the foot of the cathedral there is a town square or opening where the market is held.
When we got into town we parked in an underground parking garage. That was an adventure! The parking spaces are so so tiny! Granted, the cars are smaller in Europe, but still. Everyone was parked over the line taking up 1.25 parking spaces which means that nothing was open. When we finally found a spot we all had to get out of the car before Jill parked because there would be no way to open the doors once she was in the space. Like I said, an adventure!
When we exited the parking garage we were in the middle of a bustling town. Shopping, big retailers (our equivalent of Target), busy streets, buses, public restrooms (the kind you pay for and then self-clean when you exit). We walked up several blocks of boutique stores until we reached the market area.
PART I - THE MARKET
Prepare yourself for an onslaught of market photos - produce, bread, fish, shoppers, vendors. The colors were just amazing and everything was just so fresh and it was just such a beautiful, vibrant place to be!
Aren't you just in love with all that color and beautiful produce? I loved standing back and watching the interactions between vendor & customer and attempting to discreetly capture the people of the market at work.
PART II - THE SIDE STREETS
After we had seen all we could see in the market we ventured into the side streets to explore. Some of this was done just my mom and I, our free time to roam. And later we joined with the group to walk to our lunch destination. Check out all the fun sights!
Could this possible BE any more French? Click HERE to see a little video of his performance.
My mom and I both wore our LuLaRoe for much of the trip. She's so cute in her Cassie skirts. I'm wearing the Jill skirt - love a classic pleated skirt.
Here is that amazing domed church right next to the open market square.
We ventured down the hill and around the corner towards our lunch destination. So many amazing alleys around every corner! I couldn't help but picture them all!
Genevieve was the "selfie queen" and I love this shot of her smiling big for the camera! Notice that she's popping up in a lot of my pics? She was just so much fun!
Is this for real? Oh my! The character is off the charts!
And yet another view of the massive church.
PART III - LUNCH
Our walk through the streets of Perigueux led us to our lunch destination. A cozy French restaurant tucked away with a garden courtyard.
They had a large square table set up for our group of 16. The owner/manager prepared a menu just for us and he was so cute as he came out to announce each course and describe it. Like, almost giddy to have the opportunity to share this food with us!
It was all so delicious. The main course was duck breast and even the foie gras was okay - probably the most edible version I had the entire trip. Like all French meals, the pace was slow and this one went on for 2 hours. And I have no idea what this dessert was called but as you can see it was amazing.