During your stay at Les Balcons we encourage
you to visit the local markets which offer a unique taste of
France as well as providing a practical shopping experience.
Many of our guests start their holiday off with a visit to Descartes'Sunday morning market (if
they can get out of their comfy bed early enough) to stock up on fresh vegetables
and fruit for the week or to
sample a cooked chicken as their first meal of the week.
you miss the Descartes market you can take in the very
good Wednesday morning market in Loches,
which makes for a good day out as you can take in the sights
after the market winds up, it is one of our favourite places
here in Southern Touraine. The spa town ofLaRoche Posay
on market day can also be a good experience. Our own
little market is on a Thursday morning.
you actually have three choices of markets, open-air markets,
covered markets or hypermarkets, all giving their own
unique shopping experience. The Loire
shopping experience is something you must make part of
the open-air markets (marches
decouverts) which are usually held weekly (twice
a week in larger
towns) in the mornings, or the covered markets (marches
called ‘Les Halles’ which
are normally open daily you will enjoy the experience of
local people and produce.
Nearest supermarkets are in Descartes, Yzeures-sur-Creuse
and La Roche Posay.
In the Loire the prominent names
'Super U' and ‘Intermache’ all
providinga wide range of
quality products at very competitive prices. Do
not try and buy anything between mid-day and
– it’s rarely possible—do
as the French do –have a leisurely lunch!
(Sadly we are going the way of other countries and are finding more and more stores opening certain days over lunch and even Sunday mornings)
That said, it is also important if
staying in a small town or village to patronise
the local shops as they are a very necessary
part of these communities.