Peyriac-de-Mer and a vide grenier

Summertime along the Mediterranean in the lovely village of Peyriac -de-Mer, what could be lovelier? Well on 5 July, there was the additional option of browsing the village vide grenier.

Peyriac de Mer Centreville

Peyriac-de-Mer Centreville

Peyriac-de-Mer’s last census (2008) was just over one thousand. However, there are always visitors. They come for the food and for the wine. There are several wine caves and since I was last there, a second café has been added.

A centre courtyard
A centre courtyard
Bon appetit!
Bon appetit!
Vide grenier
Vide grenier
Étang - Pond
Étang – Pond

The étang or ponds that line along the Mediterranean are breeding areas for flamingos. They usually begin arriving in October but I noticed them in mid-September last year. They feed of the rich shrimp beds and have their young then move on in April.

More vendors
More vendors
Finding a friend
Finding a friend

I knew my friend, Jiranan, would be a vendor at the vide grenier but not where she would be. I managed to take the photo above before she noticed me. She is on the right kneeling with her copain (boyfriend), Olivier.

The vide grenier area and a small playground are located behind the foyer on the road to the next village to the north-east which is Bages.

Up close...
Up close…
L: Olivier  R: Jiranan
L: Olivier R: Jiranan

In most villages you will find a large smooth surface such as the one above in at either the foyer or the mairie. Many events, festivals and village meals (repas) will be centered there. While the area will be filled with chairs and tables early on, the circle will be cleared after eating and the dancing begins. Music is often part of the entire evening.

Walking around any village you will find benches for reading, visiting or just catching your breath. While larger towns have workmen that care for planters and gardens in our small villages these are cared for by volunteers.

Le bureau or shop where you can buy tobacco, newspapers, magazines...
Le bureau or shop where you can buy tobacco, newspapers, magazines…
Les deux cafés
Les deux cafés

The café on the left is one I had been to before on visits to the village. However, it appears to have changed owners and except for the basic structure, has no resemblance to the previous café. The small one on the right is new. The village also has a small store, boulangerie, realtors, numerous wine caves and art galleries. Like many of these villages, there is a large portion of the population that is involved in the arts. There are art events frequently but not this time.  Even with two cafés, many people were out searching for a place to sit and enjoy some refreshments.

Noix des Saint-Jacques Salade
Noix des Saint-Jacques Salade

The above salad is more beautiful in person. It is scallops and shrimp and of course, all local. The dark spots are a touch of balsamic vinegar and there were two different types of sprouts. A perfect pairing with a local rosé!


Beneath the green awning directly ahead is one of many small art galleries. This one in particular is currently featuring pottery. However, you cannot go far without finding another gallery.

This charming village is located about 20km from my village and I drive past it frequently on my way into Narbonne.

Like everywhere else in France there are weekly markets, music festivals, theatre and more.



63 thoughts on “Peyriac-de-Mer and a vide grenier

  1. Thanks for the tour of this lovely place. Sadly, I read this before lunch, and the photo of your salad has made me even more hungry. Don’t think my tuna salad sandwich is going to come even close to your yummy lunch! 🙂

    1. If you were here, it is one of the places I would drag you. I’ve been wondering how you are doing but didn’t want to bother you. The tour is ready when you are! xxx

      1. I do understand and have been thinking of you. I just didn’t want to bother you. 🙂 xxx

      1. My pleasure as well. It allowed me to read some of your work. My other blog is poetry. 🙂

  2. Lea what a perfect summers day. Such a gorgeous village. You are blessed to have such marvellous places to visit. It looks like my kind of place. The food and markets look wonderful. Enjoy the warmer weather and thanks for sharing your piece of the world with us.

    1. Kath, the ratio of artists around here is extremely high, you would feel right at home! Imagine your husband with his camera and you with your paints and all those flamingos!

      1. Yes I love flamingoes Lea. I remember when I saw my first one at the zoo as a child. They captured my imagination and I was in awe of the colours. Wondering how they got their pink feathers. We also adore markets like these.

      2. Kath, we are not the only ones who appreciate the shrimp but they are the ones who sport the colours. My mind just rushes to what you could do with them…

    1. I believe it is a gem. If you want it on a grander scale about 30 minutes south is Collioure which dazzled the likes of Picasso, Cézanne, Van Gogh… it continues to dazzle us today.

  3. I love the idea of wine caves and getting together for music and dancing. A village like this sounds like the perfect place to be. I’m glad you’re enjoying the summer!

    1. Yes, it is a lovely village and so many art festivals all year around. A great salad as the Scallops were cooked perfectly!

    1. Jennifer, I agree. You should see the étangs (ponds) filled with flamingos as they are from October to April. It is there breeding ground and they thrive on the shrimp there. 🙂 Never say never, perhaps one day… 🙂

  4. What a wonder filled post, and your photos are lovely! Thank you so much for sharing this great tour, and warm greetings from Montreal, Canada. 🙂

    1. Thank you Katherine. I adore it here. Your kind words are appreciated. It was an honour to be asked to cover art events for Eurocultures.

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