Are the old cliches true? As far as we can tell, French country life is still very much dominated by markets, fairs and a community feel.
Produce is nearly always seasonal and fresh, and you become on first name terms with your favourite market trader every week.
A man selling garlic rubs shoulders with a seasonal mushroom vendor at the local Sunday market in Esperaza, while a lady clutching baguettes bustles on by. Calls of “bonjour, çava? ring out while everybody kisses twice (sometimes three times) in greeting.
Long lunches, and the famed “apero” are French traditions which you learn to love, what’s not to love about a glass of wine in the afternoon?