Saturdays in France
Huge Produce Markets in historic Laval
Bargain Brocante Shopping at Emmaus
Fabric shopping at famous Toiles de Mayenne clearance room in beautiful village of Fontaine Daniel
This is a day we know well and part of a typical Saturday out and about in the Mayenne area. A tour developed from request from our guests.
- Laval Markets - We head into our Department Capital Laval into the medieval heart of the high old town for the wonderful colourful produce markets. This is French life unchanged by time, we will wander the food stalls from the artisan cheeses, meats, seafood from Brittany and Normandy, fruits and vegetables, and flower growers from across Mayenne. We can stop for coffee or wine & oysters, blend in with the locals enjoying a very social Saturday out.
- Walk the Old Town- we will take a wander through the old town half-timbered merchant houses in the medieval streets adjacent to the markets.
- River side Lunch - We recommend a lunch down by the river with great views of the Laval medieval & renaissance chateaux. Price not included.
- There is now time for High Street shopping if you wish!
- After 2pm we head to the edge of town to Emmaus the Catholic charity that runs the main charity shops in France. Not shops but large warehouses full to the rafters of everything French you could ever imagine, from books, china, kitchen accessories, clothes, antique books, bed & table linens & haberdashery, toys, furniture & bric-a-brac. We never leave empty handed & prices start at just €1. I have built my little 18thc book collection from finds at Emmaus.
- Fontaine Daniel- We drive back toward Mayenne, and head for cool tranquil respite to the beautiful village of Fontaine Daniel home to Toiles de Mayenne; specialist luxury Furnishing Textiles manufacture since 1806. We will visit the sale room for a bargain off cuts and fabric line ends, curtains, tassels & braid & bits & pieces. Then a short 300m drive out of the forest to the beautiful village for afternoon tea. Around the village green are the lake, fountain, remains of the once vast 11thc Monastery, and 19th century stone Factory of Toiles de Mayenne, still in production and built for the stone salvaged from the Monastery demolished after the Revolution in 1806.
Please note Meals & drinks are not included in the price.