Destination Southwestern France: Market Day in Libourne

Aquitaine wine country scenic | ©Tom Palladio Images

Only a leisurely 15-minute drive from our “home away from home” sits Libourne, a city in the Gironde department of the Aquitaine region of France’s sprawling southwest. Labeled the wine-making capital of northern Gironde, Libourne is just over the hill, through the vineyards and around the bend from Saint-Émilion and Pomerol.

A visit to Libourne would not be complete without a stroll through it’s bustling open-air market.

Unfolding three times a week — Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays — it snakes its way along the side streets leading to and all around the main square that fronts the ornate town hall.

In addition, Libourne has a daily indoor market, too, in the Place Abel Surchamp. 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.

Enjoy the views, through my lens, of market day — inside and out — in Libourne.

©The Palladian Traveler

Borsalino w/ props SMALL | ©Tom Palladio Images


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Tom swapped his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "cappello" in the Puglia region of southeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him into and out of 50 countries and counting, Tom fell in love with the "Bel Paese" years ago. As he notes, "I'm inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old, and reliving history, or at least meandering along the travertine and cobblestone that were laid down over a thousand years ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my 'Vespa' running." Tom has a good eye behind the lens and is a graphic storyteller, but he'll let you decide as he keeps his camera batteries fully charged and the posts flowing from his creative hideaway in the hills overlooking Ostuni. You can also follow his dispatches via and Anthology Magazine Ireland.


  1. I concur on the beauty of the photos. I love the French markets so I really enjoyed this (since I can’t be at one.). However, I am watching today’s Tour stage. 🙂



  2. Foie gras has been banned here in California. They worry about the stupidest things over here, instead of taking care of serious problems the country has. Beautiful photos Tom.


  3. What beautiful colors – and I see a wonderful dinner begging to be bought – along with a light lunch to eat on the way home. I think our market should be starting up soon.


  4. Your photos look amazing. Can you tell me what times the Place Abel Surchamp every day market is open. We’re arriving in the Bordeaux on a Monday and will have to shop for our week at our villa. We’ll definitely go back to the one of the other day markets as we’re only staying about ten minutes away. Thank you for your knowledge.


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