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33670 Créon, France

Créon Bastide: Wednesday Market

The small town of Créon is located a little over 12 miles (20km) from Bordeaux. It is one of Aquitaine's original Bastide towns, centered around a market square, which comes alive on Wednesdays.

Although the market is mainly a food market, you can find some stalls that sell household goods, clothing, etc. as well. As with all markets in France, it's the town's weekly 'social'; people catch up, either with each other, or on the towns news, while shopping for the coming week. People watching is of course great, but its also a chance to engage with the locals, and make use of the French words you may have picked up by now.

We tasted freshly baked breads, delicious cheeses, fruits, and ham, you simply wouldn't get back in the US. Because of Bordeaux' proximity to Spain, hispanic influences are strong. Fiestas are put on throughout the summer, and Basque influences make their way into the incredible cuisine here.

>>>Nina Dietzel traveled onboard the beautiful AmaDolce, and explored Bordeaux courtesy of AmaWaterways.