nytimes.comAlthough the region has close to 500 markets with vendors selling food, antiques and crafts, Marjorie Williams’s new book “The Markets of Provence” is a guide to the 30 she found most appealing during the several months she spent in the area for her research.

This is required reading if you want to delve into the kife of a Provencal village. Says Williams: “These markets are untouched by time. They’re in the same location and serving the same purpose as they’ve been doing since the Middle Ages. And they’re gathering spots for villagers who come not only to shop but also to see friends. And so, travelers who structure their itinerary around market days will see the towns spring to life, and by going, they are participating in an authentic tradition, enjoy beautiful scenery and get a sense of the local community.”

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