La Roche-Posay is a small spa town about twenty minutes drive from us. I am told that if you are suffering from certain ailments you can have a period of rest and a stay in the town prescribed for you under the French health system. What a great idea. We have also noticed people helping themselves to spring water from a tap in the village square.
Tuesday was a fine but cool day. We arrived at the town to find the market in full swing, along with a small funfair. The bright sunshine really brought out the colours of all the goods on display.
I bought some beads from the bead lady.
There was a stall selling ladies clothes and I noticed that the lime green colour we had seen in Amboise (here) seemed to be very predominant. In fact, later in the week we had lunch at the creperie in Descartes and that had also been redecorated in the same green, contrasted with a dark chocolate brown. It looked very smart and attractive. I asked the owner what the colour was called, was it citron vert or perhaps pistache? She said it was called vert anis. As luck would have it, I had just the previous week bought myself a new cardi from M&S in the same colour and was able to wear it on my hols feeling very à la mode !!
An example of vert anis.
I didn't get the Hermes bag, just the cardi !!
La Roche-Posay is a nice place with cafes and restaurants around the square, great for chilling out and just sitting and watching the world go by. After we had done our bit of shopping we stopped for a sit-down and a coffee.
We had a very nice petit-crème at a café which had the most awful, disgusting toilet, something I always find so baffling about French restaurants and cafés. The female owner/manager just seemed to be sitting watching her younger employee do all the work. A few minutes of her own time and a good pair of Marigolds would have sorted the job out. If the toilets are filthy it puts me off going back, however good the food. Moderately grubby is not so bad !!