Ezperazza…

Posted by Gasparou

According to Gasparou came across Ezperaza Market last Sunday.  We had heard of it; in fact people raved about it.  We felt sure that if it was as good as any of the other markets we had visited we would be impressed. Markets in France are quite an occasion and all of such a high standard it is hard to find one that out does another.  So eventually we got round to going and it was, and is, the best market we have come across yet.  Obviously you have to go to get a sense of what we mean.  There is a buzz to this little town on market day.

A little ambiance, a little occasion, a little bohemia and a little sophistication mixed up with a picturesque market town on a fast flowing river some good weather and some great food and there you have it.  It was bustling as a bustle can be and as jolly as jollity.  We highly recommend it.  There are simply too many stalls to account, but many offer the unusual and some are organic.  there are people singing and busking, doing magic tricks and basket weaving.  It is alive and dynamic and once in the thick of things it feels like being an extra on a film set after the director has called action!

Bohemia simmers under the surface at this market.  The whole event – and it is an event – is not too be missed.  It is friendly and colourful and really very un-French; but not at all out of place.  We will go again, in fact we were there today and there was another market, a normal market and not much to compare. The Sunday Market at Ezperaza is by our reckoning what we could call a farmer’s market back home and what the French would describe as artisanal.  The difference was what makes France French.  It was where form met function in equal measure with the result being very satisfying in everyway.  Its full of established artisans and those just getting started, like the Israeli making the best falafel sandwiches, there in front of you.  Quite delicious with a harissa to die for, and not for the faint hearted or it could be to die from!   Then there was Mr Crystal.  A holistic practioner who cared about the universe and our place in it.  He had us hooked and we’ll talk more about him later as we will about our Israeli friend.  And we will add content to this as the pictures we take make us think…