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Destination Southwestern France:
Story and photos by Tom Weber

flowers at a shop in Libourne, Aquitaine, Southwestern France

nly a leisurely 15-minute drive from my temporary "home away from home" in Montagne sits Libourne, a 13th century bastide (fortified) city in the Gironde department of the Aquitaine region of France's sprawling southwest.

baskets for sale, Libourne

Labeled the winemaking capital of the northern Gironde, Libourne is just over the hill, through the vineyards and around the bend from the world-class vintners of Saint-Émilion and Pomerol. It's also only a 30-minute drive away from the port city of Bordeaux, a one-hour drive to the deep-blue Atlantic Ocean, and just a scenic two-hour drive south to the foothills of the Pyrenees.

spring onions at an open air market, Libourne

cantaloupes at an open air market, Libourne

GPS aside, a visit to Libourne is not complete without a stroll through its bustling open-air marché (market).

artichokes at an open air market, Libourne

apricots at an open air market, Place Abel Surchamp, Libourne

Unfolding three times a week – Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays – this bustling marché snakes its way along the side streets leading to and all around Place Abel Surchamp, the main square that fronts the ornate town hall.

fish at a an indoor fresh food market near the main square of Libourne

more fish at the same fresh food market

shrimps at the fresh food market of Libourne

In addition, Libourne has a daily indoor fresh food market adjacent to the main square. Here, you'll be pleasantly surprised by the plethora of gastronomic delights on display just waiting to be placed inside your market tote: fruits, exotic vegetables, spices, herbs, cheese, fish, fresh meats and salamis, and the region's irresistible duck foie gras.


ducks for sale at Libourne's fresh food market


For complete tourist information on Libourne, visit the official English language site.

Related Articles:
Destination Southwestern France: Saint Émilion; Destination Southwestern France: Domme and Beynac-et-Cazenac; Destination Southwestern France: Sarlat-la-Canéda; Thoughts About Les Hommes Français; Provence; The Magnificent Cities of Champagne and Lorraine

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Spent time in Sarajevo in the fall of 1973…beer was excellent!

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Hi Tom,

I must say, you're photographs are always amazing. They are top notch. You bring so much class to Traveling Boy. It's photographs like yours that make me want to go out and do my own traveling. Please don't get tired of sending us your amazing adventures. It's such a delight for the soul.

--- Raoul, Whittier, CA

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Hi Tom:

I'm also an American living in Italy. I've read with interest your blog and articles. I'd like to speak with you regarding residency and citizenship for Americans in Italy as you do seem to have a great deal of knowledge on all of these subjects. Would it be possible to give you a call on the phone? If so, please let me know how to reach you. If not, I can ask my questions via email.

Thank you!

--- David

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Hey Tom – Wow! Love those photos – they are so super that they make me A) Want to start eating NOW. B) Go there myself. C) See all that pristine beauty that looks so restful and peaceful. Great story, superb pix!!! Bravo!!

--- John, Los Angeles, CA

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Feedback for Destination Southwestern France: Saint-Émilion

Good job, Tom, and timely info. St. Émilion is in the list of places Jim Hayes and I will visit in September 2014. If we get the chance, we will exploit your experience to enhance the trip!

--- Bobby Harper, Dameron, MD

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I lived in Vicenza for 4 years in the U.S. ARMY from 1963 to 1967. A wonderful place to explore. Palladio’s works are amazing. Have been back twice since and find new places to visit. My favorite is MONTE BERICO where I have some wonderful photos of my family.

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I liked the new TB particularly the Vicenza article that took me back as a youth when we lived in Naples and travelled up there for a baseball tourney (U.S. Military Bases dependent schools played each other.)

Took me back to the plaza.

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Very interesting note. I have wedroned which route the early pre-Christian and Christian pilgrims travelled to Rome from England. Is it still possible to travel the Francigena trail?

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