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Visit Nyons on Thursday for the Market and More

We arrived at our Sablet home last Tuesday after being away for five (5) months. Unfortunately, we arrived too late to shop at the weekly market in Vaison-la-Romaine, which, as faithful readers know, is our very favourite market in Provence.

On Thursday morning, we headed to Nyons just 28 km north of Vaison la Romaine in the Department of the Drôme. We wandered around the bustling Provençal market that takes place in Place des Arcades every Thursday morning throughout the year.

Nyons sits in a natural basin on the right bank of the Eygues river, surrounded by hills and small mountains, which provides shelter from the wind. As a result, the town gets an unusual amount of sunshine, earning Nyons the nickname “Little Nice” for its excellent climate. Continue reading here for Michel’s photos in his contributor post.

What to See in Nyons

Nyons is considered by many as the olive capital of the region. The black olive from Nyons is small with an intense flavour and even has PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) certification. Located to the north of Avignon and south of Valence, Nyons is in the Baronnies Regional Park.

The Pont Roman dating from 1409, straddles the Eygues River. This graceful Romanesque-style bridge has a 43-metre span.

Near the bridge, visit the olive oil mills from the 18th and 19th-centuries.

St. James Gate (Porte Saint-Jacques) is one of the remaining entries in the medieval ramparts.

Church of St. Vincent (17th-century) with its beautiful collection of paintings.

The Randonne Tower is a chapel with an ornamental belltower and a 3.5-metre statue of the Virgin Mary.

Lunch Nearby

La Charette Bleue Restaurant (website)
Route de Gap
26110 Condorcet
Telephone: +33 (0)4 75 27 72 33
We recommend the 3-course menu.

See More of the Drôme

Rising like an island from the plain, the village of Grignan sits proudly on a hilltop surrounded by rampart walls. There are panoramic views of the mountains and agricultural lands of the Drôme Provençal from the town. The renaissance-era Château de Grignan is like a jewel in the stone crown.

Montbrun-les-Bains is situated at 600m above sea level, so it is just a little cooler in the extreme summer heat than villages at lower altitudes. Moreover, the town is nestled into a hillside and sheltered from the worst gusts of a fierce mistral wind. Located near Mont Ventoux, Sault and surrounded by rolling hills, Montbrun-les-Bains deserves its ranking as one of France’s 100 most beautiful villages. The thermal water sources in Montbrun-les-Bains were discovered as far back as Roman times.

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Michel and Shirley

Michel and Shirley

Michel and Shirley, live in wine country, in Windsor, California. They have a full family with two beautiful daughters and five amazing grandchildren. Michel's day job is as CEO of Chancellor Health Care, a company which provides housing and services to older adults.

Previously a co-owner of a popular French bistro called Bistro des Copains located in Western Sonoma County California. The Bistro was closed in early 2015, after nine years!

In 2008, after searching for years and visiting many houses they bought a 17th century stone village house in the medieval village of Sablet which is in the Vaucluse region of Provence France.

Please read about the Sablet House (available for rent) and follow their blog Our House in Provence.

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