Dotted all over France are gourmet shops like this one tucked away in the mid pyrenees region. It is many things in one – La Boucherie, La Cremerie, Le Vin, and La Boulongerie-Patisserie (ie a butcher, a cheese shop, a wine shop and bakery).
Usually a family concern such stores exist even in the smallest of villages, like this one, with a couple of hundred people, and are generally open from 9 to 1 and then re-open at 4 till about 6 or 7 – allowing for the customarily long lunch breaks that are still typical in rural France. Nothing is stocked that does not come from the region or the neighbouring one. This is something that the french wear like a batch of honour – it is only considered fresh when it gets from farmer to shop in a couple of hours.
Here are some wonderful examples of what such places such as Cote a Cote in Cahuzac offers its villagers and those passing through…….