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night marketNearby to Téoulès Cottage is the village of Prayssas, an old hilltop village with a thriving marché-nocturne or evening market. 

When you visit, take a plate and some cutlery along with you and do as the locals do – buy your food at the many stalls (sliced foie gras, cooked meats, superb local cheeses, fruit, fresh bread etc), and eat it there and then using the tables, chairs and benches provided. Then wash it down with  a pichet of local wine while being entertained by the local band and accordion player. Very pleasant, very “French”.

 

Also close to us is Clairac, on the banks of the beautiful River Lot and the birthplace of the 'Agen prune'.

Here you can wander around this ancient old town and see superbly preserved architecture from hundred of years ago - colombaged Toulouse brick buildings, the famous Abbey with its 'automaton' museum. And afterwards  at the "Le Bar de la Plage" cafe/restaurant, you can sit overlooking the Lot, with a beer or glass of wine and watch the locals swimming off the small sandy beach.

Musicians - Clairac Fete - Lot-et-Garonne

   
Clairac is also blessed with two very good, reasonably priced, quality restaurants as well as an excellent pizzeria and creperie - both very inexpensive. 
 

Monet waterliliesAnd, just a few kilometres away, at Le Temple-sur-Lot, you will find Les Ets Botaniques Latour-Marliac, the nursery where Monet purchased the water-lilies for his famous garden at Giverny.

Almost anywhere you go in summer in this beautiful region there is something to see and do:  bastide villages, brocantes, music festivals, vide greniers, daytime and evening markets, art exhibitions, fetes, wine tasting, chateaux, rivers, canals, lakes, boat rides, horse riding, cycling etc. as well as such things as theme parks, water parks, and cinemas (often with English language films). In summer, this “quiet little corner" of France is buzzing with activities and none of it is "laid on" for tourists. Here you will truly be participating in 'la vie de Gascogne" !