vaison-la-romaine, france

We arrived in Vaison-la-Romaine on Monday evening, the third day of our French road trip, but we didn't get out and do anything besides eat dinner.  The next morning, though, we walked through the extensive weekly market that included fresh produce and items such as meat, cheese, baked goods, and also some products like clothing and leather goods.  It was one of the larger markets we came across during our road trip, and after walking past all of the stalls at least once, we decided we couldn't pass up some of the baked goods.   We got a Saint Genix, a pastry that I believe was filled with red pralines.  It looked amazing, but was really disappointing.  I think what we tried was a variation on the Saint Genix, and the original is actually a brioche filled with red pralines, which we would have preferred.  We also tried an almond pastry, which we ended up liking much better than the Saint Genix.

Right off of where the market takes place (every Tuesday morning from 8am - 2pm) there are extensive Roman remains.  We opted not to pay to go in as, honestly, there's not a whole lot still standing today.  Through the open fencing we could see the foundations of 2,000 year old Roman homes and shops and get glimpses of the theatre which once sat audiences of 6,000 people.  We also stopped briefly at the bridge that dates from the same time period before leaving town to begin our driving for the day.

See more from our road trip around southern France: our day in Toulouse here, and all of our stops on our first day: Cahors, Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, Bouzies, Rocamadour, Padirac CaveLoubressac, and Figeac.  We began our second day in Marcillac-Vallon and Belcastel, made a stop at the Viaduc de Millau before heading into the Gorges du Tarn, and finally checked out the lovely Sainte-Enimie.  That night, we stayed in Le-Pont-de-Montvert.  

We started our third day in Labeaume before driving through the Gorges de l'Ardeche and stopping afterwards in Aiguèze and then spending some time checking out Roman remains in Orange.