French markets

One of my favourite things to do on holiday in France is visiting markets.

Sometimes they can be a bit disappointing, particularly if they are in a small town and sometimes they are full of stalls selling dodgy looking clothes and nasty plastic handbags but generally they are brilliant places to buy really good fresh local produce.

Apart from the local cheese, fruit and veg, meat, bread and patisserie, they pretty much always have a stall selling lots of lovely olives. The variety is amazing, every flavour and kind of olive imaginable if you are really lucky. They often sell bottles of olive oil too and soaps made from olive oil.

I think that a dish of olives is pretty much essential as an accompaniment to a glass or two of pastis while dinner is cooking.

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