Shopping, Eating and Exploring

Come along with me and discover some off-the beaten paths in Southwest France

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

The planning for a Spring trip is well underway. (Just keeping my fingers crossed for perfect weather) I particularly love to be in France for the May shows. Dealers are coming off the long winter of collecting (a few buyers) anxious to push their merchandise. It's great to see what new shops have opened, and a little sad to see old friends who have closed. Then there are all those special monday holidays in May, which means extra shopping.

Here is Michael at Monpanzier Market

Weather is generally pleasant, days are starting to be long. When I arrive at the first of May, it will be dark arround 9pm, by the time I leave at the end of May, the sun sets after 10pm. Heavenly to sit in the garden with some excellent local wine playing "show and tell" to see what everyone has purchased that day.

The special markets take place in a variety of towns. Some, like Monpanzier are great destinations all by themselves. The market just gilds the lily. Others, like Montpon, are close by towns that may lack a bit of charm, make up for it with great shopping.

As I mentioned, the Spring Trip is scheduled from May 10th till May 21st. Included in the price is a double occupancy room in a newly remodeled country home (inluding salt water pool, full kitchen, washer/dryer), airport/train pickups, all ground transportation, some meals, help with translations, and an opportunity to ship large items home, also an overnight trip to St. Jean de Luz or the Ile de Re'. Price is $1800.

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