That afternoon we visited Rochechouart, a walled town built on the edge a crater which was created by a meteor strike two hundred million years ago. The town is dominated by a magnificent 13th century château. We had organised to see two properties which a lovely French lady immobilier. When we arrived at the first property we realised that she had failed to mention the huge water tower that dominated the field next to the house, nor that it was on a busy road. At least we got to practice our French with the charming elderly French owner! Next we went to see our first barn conversion. This was stunning, the conversion was well done and there was plenty of space, though the low beam over the stairwell to the first floor was a slight concern. The grounds were expansive and nicely laid out and the only close neighbours were some cows in the field next door, only problem was this one was way over our budget. The British couple who owned it had the same surname as us – surely this was meant to be! On the way back from the viewing the immobilier told us that they were not willing to reduce their price so this was not going to be a starter – I wonder if it is still on the market – I must check!
When we returned to Rochechouart the Marché de nuit, which is a night market that is held during summer, was in full swing. We couldn’t believe how many people there were – cars were parked all over the place! There were live bands, hot food vans and lots of stalls selling all manner of things. The place was buzzing on this balmy August evening and we happily wandered around in just our t-shirts and shorts buying little treats for our family and friends (and ourselves of course!). If you ever get the chance to visit a night market don’t miss it!