My new-found weekend freedom led us to Revel on Saturday.
|The center of town has a covered market and a bell tower on top.
If we'd known, they give tours from atop the bell tower on Saturday mornings. Next time!
Revel is about an hour and half away from us and we got a late start so didn't arrive until 11 a.m. If you've been to French markets, you know that the market will soon be closing down around noon or shortly after. It is a Bastide town, which means it was originally fortified by walls against marauders.
|The Medieval buildings in the background, the arcades or covered passageways behind the vendors.
Revel is a charming town with Medieval roots, as is obvious from the timbered buildings, including some that are being shored up at the front so they can be rebuilt at the back. It reminds me of Mirepoix, but the square and the historical center are more substantial than Mirepoix.
|The facades will remain
If you're looking for bras, socks or summer dresses, this is not the market for you. It's hard core food and from the region. And even though this is the first weekend after the Rentrée, when everyone goes back to school or work, it was crowded. Every seat was taken at every café as we walked around the outer part of the market -- twice. We decided we'd skip coffee and just eat lunch in awhile, so we wound around the inner part of the market.
|The beams that hold up the 14th century roof over the marketplace
|More beams and plenty of tomatoes
Then Earl glanced across the way, saw some empty chairs and made a beeline for a plastic table. We sat, waiting a bit for coffee, but the view was nice and the people watching was excellent.
|Delicious coffee and relaxing
|I'm amazed by the Medieval architecture, but I'm really drawn more
to the metal railings on the building on the left.
|This building is obviously not Medieval, but it is pretty
After leaving the market with bananas (not locally grown) two lavender plants and some tomatoes, we walked back toward the car. Ahead, we saw a food truck with crepes. We walked toward it, wondering where we could eat. We're American enough to eat in the car, but we've been in France long enough not to. Plus, it's illegal to eat or drink as you are driving in France.
Across from the crepe stand was a Mexican street food truck. Mexican food is not often found in France.
|The back side of the truck
We stood in line and ordered, similar to a Chipotles kind of plan, burrito or salad. What meat? Chicken for me. What fixings -- salad (lettuce), corn, rice, black beans, creme fraiche (sour cream-ish), then what sauce? Chipotle for me. The French aren't big fans of spicy food, so I thought the medium sauce would be ok. It was, but a bit spicier than I had anticipated.
|Definitely street food
We found a bench under a tree and ate our burritos. I do miss Mexican food.
But, back in the States, I would miss Medieval villages like Revel.