Sunscreen tatoo’s

kids tatoos_____

On a hot lazy summer afternoon you wont need much to provoke a dip in the nearest body of water! This was the case for our last Friday afternoon in France,  after walking the sweltering market in Lourmarin (Friday mornings and my favorite so far!).

market

market2

market3

One website that I spotted described market timing like this: “everyone says ‘go early’ before it gets crowded, but then everyone still goes at 11”. We showed up at about 11:30~ It was hot a crowded but we still made out pretty good.

great market finds

After the market we headed to Etang de la Bondefor a picnic and swim.

lake

Because the water in the area is so chalky and mineral rich the lake has a beautiful mint green color. There is a muddy beachy area that all the “rednecks” congregate, and while it’s no riviera, it was conveniently located and easy to find. While we stayed cool, we used our friend Amanda’s long blond locks to paint on sunscreen tattoo’s. It’s fun and except for the little bit of burn around the art work.

tough girl amanda___

And after the “beach” gelato is always a good idea.

gelato is always a good idea

dave ohhh this is sooo good

ohhh this is sooo good

After the market is gone and the crowds have disappeared Lourmarin is a lovely little town with narrow alleys, cute shops and some really good ice cream.

lots of signs

long alley 2

granny sign

old fountain

olive trees

street in Loumarin2

dave and sophia in street

ohhh this is sooo good

Curcon and Fontaine de Vaucluse

market at center Cucuron, France moxiblog.com

Tuesday we visited Cucuron market, a small bite sized gem, with exceptional quality food and confiture, as well as great finds on beautiful clothes and treasures.

Cucuron, France moxiblog.com

Keeping market time under 2 hours is ideal for our family and even better if the area has a little open space or a water feature that the kids can play near.

Cucuron, France moxiblog.com

Cucuron, France moxiblog.com

Cucuron, France moxiblog.com

Cucuron, France moxiblog.com

Cucuron, France moxiblog.com

olives Cucuron, France moxiblog.com

paella Cucuron, France moxiblog.com

rabit anyone_Cucuron, France moxiblog.com

fish monger Cucuron, France moxiblog.com

fish monger2 Cucuron, France moxiblog.com

fish monger3 Cucuron, France moxiblog.com

colored pottery Cucuron, France moxiblog.com

cucuron market Cucuron, France moxiblog.com

cucuron market 2 Cucuron, France moxiblog.com

Another trick to keeping the content was letting them shop a little too.

cucuron market me and coco Cucuron, France moxiblog.com

cucuron market Cucuron, France moxiblog.comSophia got a hat, Gabriel bought a wooden top and I taste tested my way through the confiture. My favorite was the anise-melon!

cucuron market Cucuron, France moxiblog.com

After the market we headed to Canoe Evasion in Fontaine Vacluse. We canoed the crystal clear water of the Sourge River. Its source is located in a gorge of the Plateau de Vaucluse and even on the hottest days of summer it is freezing cold. It is one of the largest springs on earth, a steady, strong flow of crystal clear water, 13C (55F) warm in winter or summer.

Have you ever been standing in water so cold that it quickly starts to hurt? Meet the river Sourge. I was told that Jacques Cousteau tried to dive to the bottom and never found it. The depth still has not been determined! It was a refreshing way to spend the day.

Fontaine de Vaucluse France, moxiblog.com

Fontaine de Vaucluse France, moxiblog.com

Fontaine de Vaucluse France, moxiblog.com

Fontaine de Vaucluse France, moxiblog.com

petite paddle Fontaine de Vaucluse France, moxiblog.com

Look at the petite oar! CUTE!

our summer crew Fontaine de Vaucluse France, moxiblog.com

mossy water wheel Fontaine de Vaucluse France, moxiblog.com

Fontaine de Vaucluse France, moxiblog.com

Fontaine de Vaucluse France, moxiblog.com

Fontaine de Vaucluse France, moxiblog.com

Hope you enjoyed the photo journey! Plan a visit for yourself. Or perhaps you have some tips to share with me?!