We spent the second night of our French road trip in the small town of Marcillac-Vallon. I didn't necessarily choose Marcillac-Vallon, it was just on our route and the town I wanted to stay in didn't have any Airbnbs in our price range, so, in a sense, it chose us. I was planning to get into town late and leave early the next morning, just continuing on with our itinerary, and leaving no time at all to see the little village. However, our hosts were the picture of hospitality - and they weren't the first or the last! We encountered this over and over in France! Such kind people inviting us to be a part of their homes and lives and providing fantastic food that we couldn't help put other plans on pause to experience real life with real people - and it was beautiful.
In the morning we found fresh pastries and cheese from the market provided for breakfast, as well as bread and jam, both homemade by our host. I skipped showering in an effort to get on the road quicker, but we were convinced to take a peek at the market just down the road, where we ran into our host's husband. He proceeded to give us a lively tour of the expansive offerings, and we ended up with some fruit for our lunches, a spinach and potato fritter, as well some more irresistible pastries - we really got hooked on those chocolate chip twists while in France this time around. We really hardly saw any of the town (it's another small one with only about 1,600 people), but we did sample the local goods and spent a lovely evening and morning with a local couple (our hosts, of course), so I feel like we got a better feel for it than other towns that we spent more time in.