Anyone who has been to France knows that the French have an obsession with food, culturally it is a very important part of their lives.
Nowhere else in Europe sees business grind to a halt at lunchtime the way it does in France – with the exception of supermarkets most shops close for at least 2 hours over lunch.
The French value the quality of food rather than the quantity and they are prepared to pay a pretty price for it. The French love of food is demonstrated no better than at the commonplace and regular markets that take place in all French towns – invariably the produce is local, high quality and expensive and invariably the markets are busy with patrons seemingly prepared to spend a high percentage of their disposable income on high quality ingredients.
As you would expect these markets offer some good photographic opportunities of the regional specialities – on the Ile d’Oleron that of course means Oysters.