Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Frairie - Chasseneuil-sur-Bonnieure, Day one.

May 8, 1945, Victory Day (VE day WWII)  was celebrated in many ways around France this past weekend.  Wreaths were laid at memorials and there were some  serious moments  of reflection on this terrible conflict.
Chasseneuil also celebrates each year, the opening 7 years ago of their town bypass, and this now carries the thousands of heavy lorries each day which used to use the old N141 main road from Limoges to Angouleme, which passes  straight through the centre of the small town; I gather it was a nightmare to go shopping there. We were lucky that the bypass had just been finished when we moved here.  To celebrate, they close off the road through the centre of town and for two days they  set out market stalls with food, wine, exhibitions and a fun fair. 

French sausages and chips for anyone?
Foot weary? Then how about trying a new pair of shoes?
These axes and knives looked a bit vicious,
but I thought that these two little mugs I saw on a stall were quite cute!
Anyone for a handbag?
or perhaps a plant 
or two.
I was a bit late and the vegetable store was already looking  rather empty!
Can you just imagine what this little road was like when it had massive trucks travelling through it in both directions?
I was interested in this home made jewellery but it was just a little bit too expensive I thought.  When I make mine I will keep the prices a bit lower!
I loved these flower pot men
I never did fathom out what you had to do for €2 to win one of these lovely toys!
The children (and the grown-ups!) were having great fun in the bumper cars.

The dinosaur slide seemed to be attracting some attention
Meanwhile the very little ones were having fun under the watchful eye of Mum and Dad.

Day Two, to follow has a great collection of very old cars. 

82 comments:

  1. Can't imagine huge trucks going through that tiny space! I love the bumper cars,I would have been on those the whole day!!

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  2. We love markets like these - they are always so colourful with a great atmosphere.
    I thought Chasseneuil was a lovely place when we drove through - it must have been awful with huge lorries thundering through.

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  3. Wow...lots of fun stuff to shop for. The plants are really beautiful and the fruit stand looks almost empty and seems like you baged them all before taking the picture :D

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  4. Leisl it must have been a nightmare as it really is through the centre of the village. I can't imagine that the shop owners could hear a thing for the noise!! I cannot remember the last time I went in a bumper car..... it always used to be great fun though. Diane

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  5. Jean my neighbour said he never used to go there shopping as it was so dangerous! They have only in the last few months opened the bypass to La Rochefoucauld. Although that did not quite go through the centre it certainly was a pain to go there. Constant trucks, noise and chaos. I cycled there today, and even with it being market day it was still a pleasure. Not a truck in site.
    I agree the fairs and markets are such fun, I have never seen anything quite like this in the UK.
    Diane

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  6. Sailor I wish I had been in time to get more of the fruit but I was well and truly beaten to the post! It was a fun day all round. Diane

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  7. Rue en fete - Street of festival or something similar (high school French was decades ago....) - anyway, it sounds like fun! Yes, I need a handbag, and flowers, and whatever else they're selling. It's fortunate they built the bypass indeed!

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  8. Looks like it was such an enjoyable time! I could spend all day in markets like this...I love the unique finds!

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  9. Marjie you are so right - no bypass no fun fairs or markets. Diane

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  10. Faith there is a lot of junk always for sale but there are some unique finds :-) Diane

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  11. It looks like there was a lot going on there! What fun.
    I am always wondering what to charge when people want me to make my jewlery. I can't price it too high either...yet :D

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  12. Lyndsey there was a lot going on there LOL. I wish I had more time for jewellery making but..... I would also like a few more skills. Diane

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  13. loved going to the market with you...wish i lived closer...

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  14. My Farmhouse Kitchen, can you just imagine the fun we could have together if you lived closer LOL. Diane

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  15. hello Diane .. thank you for the tour of the market .. Arni loves flower pot men..when we moved into this house there was one in the garden :-) I am sure you don't need to buy anything Lol...

    Thank you for your lovely comment, . I try by best Diane .. I have been so fortunate to have met wonderful friends through my blog and this includes you .. even more special as you actually live/lived in my UK village .. look forward to meeting up with you in June .. I am not sure if I can come to you when in Paris next time, but I am going to arrange another trip just for you .. if that is ok .. (have to see my hubby sometime) .. take care Anne

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  16. I do love looking for and at tat and little nick nacks so the market sounds perfect for me. Really enjoyable post. x

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  17. It was about this time 2008 we saw the placing of flowers in the square of a small village in the Dordogne for V-Day as the villages filed into church. A day or so later it was market and brocante day in Le Bugue. Your post reminded us and we'll blog it in a few weeks on Wed in France.
    Hope you're enjoying summer - its grey outside as I write this.

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  18. Wow! Thank you for taking us on that stroll along the market stalls - I would like to pause a while at the handbags umm! now which colour? yes the rouge one Merci!
    Loved it all. xx

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  19. Loved the post.. Like I went with u :)

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  20. This looks like such a fun festival, my kind of place. That little street would have been crazy with massive amounts of traffic. Love the flower pot men! So when will you have your wares out?

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  21. This is fun! La brocante as the French call it..znice especially when the day is sunny and not too warm.

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  22. Hey Diane...

    FANTASTIC pics, as usual... Thanks for sharing! I forgot to post something from Sunday.. Whoops... I'm glad I came to your blog to see what's going on... Beautiful...

    Take care, Leese

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  23. Just imagine having big trucks plow through there... how wonderful they are now gone!A really nice fair for all!
    Blessings!
    Ann

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  24. Looks like a good family day out.

    I love markets,and apart from the usual stalls selling local produce, like to look for something out of the ordinary from small stalls.

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  25. These types of French market days are so unique and enjoyable. I love the flower pot men! Look forward to the old car posting.

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  26. Anne I think the flower pot men are fabulous but Nigel does not like ornaments in the garden.... I have answered the rest of your comment on your blog. Take care Diane xx

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  27. Froggy the street markets and Brocante sales are always so much fun but I try to keep my hand out of my purse or I will buy things that I do not really need!!! Diane xx

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  28. Leon and Sue I am enjoying summer but we need rain so badly, it is very serious. I gather it has not been this dry in over a hundred years. We have a huge cedar tree at the bottom of our garden which sadly looks like it has died. Happy cycling, Diane

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  29. Dianne it is difficult sometime not to just buy but I know that I have limited space to store things so I try not to buy!!! Some of those handbags were superb :-) Diane

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  30. Mehjabeen Arif thanks so much for your visit, glad you enjoyed the post so much. Looking forward to seeing you back. Love your blog as well. Diane

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  31. Gaelyn, I sell my bits and pieces at our local car boot sale which is in September. One day a year selling is as much as my French can stand LOL. Take care. Diane

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  32. Joumana it was actually pretty hot but luckily there was a bit of wind to cool things down. Thanks so much for your visit, hope to see you back some time. Diane

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  33. Leesa it is good to have you back again. It was a great fun day out, wait till you see part 2..... Take care Diane

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  34. Ann N, I am glad the bypass was finished just before we arrived it must have been horrific with trucks going both ways. La Rochefoucauld have only just got their bypass and when I cycled in there yesterday I realised just how pleasant it is now with the trucks out of the town. Take care. Diane

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  35. Gaynor B I agree it is fun to look at the stalls, occasionally you really find something exceptional in between the junk ;-) It was a really fun day. Diane

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  36. Craig I have never seen markets like they have in France, sure you must miss them. The cars will up soon, I need to do some photo editing first. I have taken too many pics this month and I have not had the time to go through them all yet!!! Diane

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  37. The French chips must be very good. It is fun to look all these stalls, Thanks for sharing.

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  38. Nice that people celebrate such events with joy and it is not just another official fest! I love the flower pot men - very creative and funny for a garden:)

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  39. Diane I think this post qualifies as one of my favourites of all your wonderful posts. It makes me want to pack right now and head over. But in the meantime, it was great fun to visit the market with you. Hurrah for bypasses wherever they might be. I don't drive a car, don't know how, don't want to learn. So it is lovely to see a small town return to a quiet, simpler way of life.

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  40. wow!
    that sounds like fun!
    great food and beautiful things to see!
    that is so pretty!
    perfect for summer days to come!
    happy day!
    Rosa

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  41. Sonia there are places out in the street to eat but also many roadside cafes. The meals are not generally expensive and I have never had a meal I did not enjoy yet. Diane

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  42. Ola you are right it is a great excuse to celebrate each year by closing off the road for the weekend. Thank goodness for the bypass!! Diane

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  43. Dolly, I cannot imagine what it was like with the continual stream of large trucks going through the town, it is great now though.
    La Rochefoucauld have just had their bypass finished so I must watch out to see if they celebrate next year LOL. Diane

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  44. bikim it was a lovely day and everyone just seemed to be so relaxed and having fun. Have a good day. Diane

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  45. Stina thanks for the visit, it was a nice day. Take care Diane

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  46. Absolutely just as good as being there myself! I loved the virtual trip! just reading back on Saint Gervais, Lantern of the dead, and probably a lot more I still need to catch up on...

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  47. Karen I am for ever getting behind and I know it is not easy to catch up. Glad you enjoyed walking through the village with me ;-) Diane

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  48. So fun! Those little mugs crack me up.

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  49. What a super street fair, I especially love the flower pot men! What a lot was going on, the fruit looked good too - what was left of it
    Thanks for the tour, it's fun to visit France with you!
    Mary

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  50. Looks like a day wonderfully spent! Excellent photos. Even if I couldn't fit on this carousel, I would have tried to ride it, somehow :)

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  51. Sounds like loads of fun. And lots of crafts. I really like the flower pot men.

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  52. Pam I also just loved those mugs, I have never seen anything like them before. LOL Diane

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  53. Mary I am glad you enjoy looking around France with me. It is fun that other people can appreciate my posts. Diane

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  54. Olga I have to admit I was tempted but talked myself out of it LOL.Diane

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  55. Becca I am sure you would have enjoyed a day out with me. Yea, the flower pot men are cute. Take care Diane

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  56. La France profonde. J'adore.
    See soon.

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  57. Sounds like such a fun time! Looks like there's something for everyone!

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  58. Diane, what a celebration! I love strolling around this kind of places. There's always so much more to adventure. Thanks for sharing such wonderful pictures. Looking forward for more.
    Hope you're having a great day.
    Blessings, Kristy
    p/s Happy Belated Mother's Day to you.

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  59. Peggy it was a fun time and you are right there was something for everyone regardless of age. Diane

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  60. Kristy I hope you had a good Mother's Day, I am not a Mother but I always have good memories of my own mother.
    The fair and market days here are always good fun to walk around. Take care Diane

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  61. It looks like you had great fun at the market!
    I loved those flower pots as hats! Some have quite an imagination with so little!
    We have the same kind of markets here in the south but I never go 'cause its too difficult to park the car in our town!!
    Cheers, Diane!

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  62. Noushka even with the main car park taken over with the fun fair, parking is still not a big problem here. They are always fun to go to. Cheers xx

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  63. wonderful post! I love the markets in France
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  64. What an exciting shopping tour you gave us! I review them over and over as I do when I go to the marketplace. I like the animated terra cotta pots the most. Thanks for this exhilarating trip Diane!

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  65. Everything looks great...but those peaches and cherries in the market stalls...gorgeous!

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  66. Due to bloggers problems over the last 24 hours I have lost many of my comments and answers. I just want to say thank you to everyone that did comment regardless as to what has now gone AWOL. Have a good weekend. Diane

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  67. Count me in! I love markets like this. There is always something fun to discover...from tastes to purses.

    Joy!

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

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  68. Sharon it was fun, and a lovely warn sunny day to go with it which always makes things so much better :-) Diane

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  69. The Flower Pot Men are so funny! It seems you had a wonderful day there.

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  70. JM I loved the flower pot men, there was so much going on there that I wonder what I missed! Diane

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  71. love the market stalls, looks so fun and the weather glorious :)

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  72. hi diane, i'm not sure about the history but it wad delighting going thru your post and photos. Sounds to me like a dangerous place when the bypass is opened looking at the small roads. do you make jewelleries? would like to see them one day. Thanks for leaving a link at my blog and i would like to follow you back!

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  73. Muppy the weather was fantastic which naturally made it much more fun than last year when it never stopped raining!

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  74. Hi Lena thanks for the visit. Thank goodness for the bypass, you are right it must have been very dangerous. Diane

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  75. Ooo Diane, what wonterful walk!!!
    Thank you very much !!!
    I love the wonderful flower pots with wooden!
    Amities

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  76. Hi Magda, the flower pot men are wonderful I agree. Take care Diane

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  77. Those flower pot men are so unique!

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  78. chubskulit, I agree they are lovely and not difficult to make. Diane

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