Scenes from Brive market.



Visiting food markets is high on my list of Life’s Greatest Joys. It’s up there with the feeling I get in my spine when relaxing back into bed after a tiring day, and biting into a really great chocolate chip cookie, and wearing Jason’s T shirts to sleep in, and the two week stretch of spring where it seems as though every tree in England is covered in blossom.

One of the few things higher on the list than visiting a beautiful food market? Being dropped off in the middle of a beautiful food market in a place I’ve never visited before, and let loose with a camera!

I’m hopping around a little in the order in which I’m sharing photos from our trip, but I figured that there’s nothing better for perking up a Wednesday than photos of food! We visited the market on our final morning in Brive, just a few short hours before heading back to the airport and flying back to a surprisingly chilly England. The market is a huge one- spreading across the entirety of the central town square, and into a giant covered exhibition space too. It didn’t feel at all like the produce was just on show for cameras and tourists like myself, like I sometimes feel it is at Borough Market- most of the people there were French, armed with roomy wicker baskets, and were stocking up on the likes of green beans and salad leaves and eggs. And, of course, I saw countless people with paper-wrapped baguettes tucked under their arms and poking out of baskets, which did my heart good!

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What struck me most, during the few days I was in France, was quite much passion and respect the people there have for food. Each meal, whether it be breakfast, lunch, or dinner, was a sit-down affair. Starters were always preceded by an amuse-bouche and bread, desserts always followed by coffee and petit fours. Our guide Karine told us that in some regions of France, it’s quite normal for offices to shut down entirely for an hour or so over lunch, to allow workers to head home or to a local restaurant for a meal. I can’t even imagine that happening in the UK!

The vast majority of restaurants we ate in didn’t play music and had such a calm and peaceful atmosphere, which in turn led to the focus being on the food and dining experience itself. The effect was fascinating- I found myself enjoying what I was eating *so* much, but also getting full so quickly because I was really concentrating on my food, instead of just eating mindlessly.

I felt the same respect and love for food at the market- the produce was so artfully arranged, vendors encouraged us to help ourselves from bowls of olives and plates of finely sliced saucisson, and Karine explained that many of the vegetables would’ve been grown by the stallholders themselves in their gardens. Children were encouraged by farmers to pet and engage with the chickens and ducks and rabbits they had on offer (I asked whether the rabbits were pets or for the table, and the reply was ‘Both’!), and sampled ripe cheeses and cloves of pickled garlic and shellfish with abandon. It was beautiful to see.

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I left with a happy heart, a memory card full of photos, and a jar of acacia honey destined to be drizzled over soft cheese and creamy porridge and never, ever eaten in a hurry.

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    table etiquette in France is so adorable. I like the way they respect and enjoy
    the food. The Brive market through your photos is very beautiful and lively. It
    is full of fresh fruits and vegetables.

  • Anna
  • Little Miss Katy

    I love this. Spain is the same, in that people take the time to sit down and really relax and enjoy their food. I remember our school dinners used to be really healthy three courses with bread as well, which is probably why I find it depressing to just have a boring old sandwich these days! xx

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle Blog

  • The Dame Intl

    Wherever I travel, I always seek out a market, you learn so much more about a culture by visiting it’s markets :)

  • TheHeadlessMannequin

    My just-purchased Lidl fruit and veg are suddenly starting to seem very unappetising!! This market looks amazing – it’s like a shrine to beautiful, fresh and rosy looking produce. There’s a farmer’s market next door to my apartment on Saturdays so I try and do the other half of my fruit and veg shopping there once a week and I love that everything is a little bit more lumpy and bumpy and looks like it was freshly plucked from the ground rather than sprayed with god knows what and flown half way around the world. Gorgeous pics – they kinda make me want to start my own allotment (or urban balcony garden rather) or bypass supermarkets as much as I can at the very least.

  • Laura @ Laughter is Catching

    I love a good food market, there is nothing better than fresh produce and getting to pick it yourself!

  • Kezia @ Super Naturally Health

    Oh that looks FAB – what a great trip and such beautiful scenes – i love markets. When i lived in Florence they were the highlight of the week – that an gelato and cappuccino of course:)

  • Amanda @ Rhyme & Ribbons

    This looks so incredible! I’m having massive food envy right now! x

  • Ala

    Oh this sounds so brilliant! You were right, pictures of food were a good way to break up the week! x

  • Danielle GEE

    I can never get enough #foodpics

  • emily couture

    Stunning photos :)

    emily xx

  • Lauren S

    French food markets are just so gorgeous – those tomatoes and crepes are delicious!

    Lauren x

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  • Tiffany Tales

    Such gorgeous photos! You can never see too much food : ).

  • Georgina

    I would love a day like this, I am still yet to visit a true food market, the picture worthy kind. Farm shops I can visit a plenty here but it isn’t the same. This looks like a photographers dream too (and the honey over melted bree is sure to bring back memories) :) xx

  • Allison

    gorgeous photos! I love a little trip to the market! I love a good flea market too so much fun stuff to look at!
    Allison from

  • Elizabeth Rebecca

    That market looks amazing; I love getting fresh produce.

    Lizzie Dripping

  • Cathryn Daws

    I love a good market and there’s something so lovely about market photographs isn’t there?

  • Life Loving

    France is such a good place for foodies. I went backpacking around France a few years back and most of the food was amazing (not just the pastries, although I should mention those, it would be rude not to). I never visited Brive though. One to travel back to perhaps?

    Sally @

  • Camille

    I love a good farmer’s market (as we call them here)!

    Silly Medley: Lifestyle and Travel

  • Sophie

    Lovely photos!

    Sophie x | SophiesMakeupBlog

  • Rosie McKay

    Mindful eating is the best eating!

  • Laura

    It’s true – the French take food majorly seriously! When I lived in Normandy, a two hour break for lunch was not unheard of. Seriously. Food is a religion in France! I miss these markets so much though… x

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