Monday, 28 July 2008

FĂȘte du Livre Monpazier

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Livre = Books.  It seems the French are pretty keen on books and at this time of year there are quite a few book markets which specialise in antique books and everything else from 2nd hand trashy novels to unspoiled original print runs.

Villefranche had a 'marche du livre' a two weeks ago. Yesterday was Monpazier's turn and as expected it was bigger and more touristy.

Ange tells me she found a few good €1 bargains, although as I stayed home with the kids I am unable to verify the exact transaction amount.

The best thing about these markets for me is the huge collections of hard-cover comic books.  You must know of Tin Tin, Asterisk and similar titles but it seems to me that the french have developed this popular culture into an art form for all ages.

I just love these books and just wish I could understand the story lines better.  I'm a real fan of the art and have been practicing drawing the different styles of characters.  Anyway back to the story of the book market, I also ventured out and managed a few purchases of my own so I shouldn't be giving Ange a hard time.  

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Brocante and Vide-grenier at Loubejac

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Early start today as we set off to the nearby hamlet of Loubejac to take in its popular brocante come vide-grenier market. 

Loubejac is a beautiful spot around 5km from Villefranche (du P).  It was pretty busy, I would estimate around 100 individual stalls and it had a good mixture of "professional" brocante sellers and locals trading unwanted bits and pieces.  

There was lots of shopping opportunity here which was not lost on Ange and she managed to find a few bargains.  I will try my best to get her to write a post on her purchases (she is loosing interest in this blogging thing owing to the very few comments her posts attract - I keep saying that it isn't important but it must be to her).

After a great picnic lunch, Lainey and Ange headed on for some more shopping (which is the subject of the next blog), while Ros and boys headed home for a swim and a siesta.

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Ange took this shot of us boys having breakfast.
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What did Henry think of all the shopping?
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After Loubejac we headed to a favourite picnic spot just outside Sauveterre-la-lémance.